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Spotlight Interview with author Francis Mills

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Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Pages: 143 pages
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Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

My name is Francis Mills. I grew up in the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus (former British Colony). I have mostly Northern English ancestry. I have dark blonde hair and brown eyes and I like cats.

What inspired you to write?

All the 80’s and 90’s cartoons I watched when I was a kid.

What inspired your novel?

All the 80’s and 90’s cartoons I watched as a kid and  a need to escape from the constraints of this reality.

What is the genre?

Sword & Sorcery

What draws you to this genre?

Epic landscapes, Battles involving sword and sorcery, Hot women and sex

How did you develop your plot and your characters?

The first prototypes I created didn’t include character names. I just used generic names like Hero, Sorcerer, Hot Babe, Dinosaur, Wizard. I slowly made the characters more individual and eventually started naming them.

The plot once again stemmed from the characters. There is a clear division between good and evil characters. The clash between the two in all shapes and forms creates the plot for my books.

What inspired your protagonist?

As you may guess, my protagonist, Xanthus, is actually me, but he can do everything I want to do and can’t because of the constraints of this world.

What inspired your antagonist?

The antagonist again is a form of me, but he embodies my evil thoughts and desires. He was also created as the antithesis to Xanthus.

What was the hardest part to write in the book?

The hardest part is finding the right methods to create. The first book I typed straight into the computer. Then for the second and third I wrote them by hand and then types them into the computer. By the time I wrote the fourth book I further split the chapters into scenes. I really think that the fourth book is an advancement over the first three. The flow and pacing is vastly improved.

What was your favourite part of your book to write?

I especially enjoy the sex scenes and the violence scenes.

Are you a full time or a part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?

Right now it’s full time. The other thing I do and love is jogging and running.

What are you currently reading?

The last book I read was Fire And Ice(Icefire trilogy) Book 1 by Patty Jensen.

You can find the book review on my webpage.

Who would you say are your favourite authors?

The team who wrote the ‘Transformers’ cartoon, the ‘He-Man cartoon’, the ‘Thundercats’ cartoon, the ‘X-Men’ cartoon. As for individual authors; Robert E.Howard who wrote the ‘Conan’ series and also Marion Zimmer Bradley who wrote the ‘Mists Of Avalon’.

How about your favourite books? What would be your top 5?

I’ll give you my five favourite movies instead:

1. Transformers 1986 Cartoon Movie

2. He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe 1987 Movie

3. Terminator 2 (1991 movie)

4. Back To The Future 2 (1989 movie)

5. Hackers (1995 movie)

What are your future projects, if any?

The Adventures Of Xanthus – Book 5

Look out for it on Amazon

What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?

E-mail. francismills959@gmail.com

Francis Mills Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Francis-Mills/e/B01KJMD6C2/

Francis Mills Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/francismills959

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Yeah. Writing a book is only the beginning. The promotion is difficult. Make sure you keep promoting your book in every way possible. Interivews, reviews, socialising. If you don’t keep promoting your books they will die.

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