Wednesday, December 7, 2011

CSFF Blog Tour - Corus the Champion - Day Two

I know this day is a bit late, but the day three post will be coming today too. This day's feature is an interview with the author of Corus the Champion, D. Barkley Briggs! As he is really busy, I had to keep the questions short and easy. I hope you enjoy it, because I certainly did!

Welcome! What has surprised you the most during the writing of The Legends of Karac Tor?

The stories themselves have offered surprising twists and turns that were not a part of the original draft. As an author, when characters come alive in your heart and then bleed onto the page, they sometimes behave unpredictably, just like people behave in real life. It's been fun—and sometimes challenging—to watch the plot bend around a particular curve ball a character might throw my way. For example, Flogg was tricked by the Fey and handed over to the gnomes in Corus the Champion. When I sent him into Elkwood with Ewan, I didn't expect that to happen, but a major plot point for Book 4 results: the rescue of Flogg.

What is your favorite dessert?

Easy. My mom's Chocolate Angel Strata Pie. My family lies, cheats and steals without remorse when that pie comes around, which is only on the holidays. Also, my mother-in-law fixes the best homemade cherry pie on the planet, no contest.  

If you could have any Christmas gift you wanted, which would you choose?

I could offer many serious answers to that question, but instead I'll aim for something a little lighter. I'd love to have the ability to remember jokes for later retelling. After I hear a particularly good joke, I always tell myself to remember it. I might even rehearse it once or twice. But it never fails, a week later, or a month, whatever, when I try to remember—bam, it's gone. Nowhere to be found.

If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would it be?

I might get dinged for my lack of originality, but I'd love to just sit in the same room with C.S. Lewis while he was writing, and listen to him talk out loud. No need to be co-author. On the opposite end, humorist Dave Barry would be a real kick, too.

Do you have anything you can tell us about The Ravaged Realm, or even the fifth book (such as the title), and do you have any writing plans after the LoKT?

My agent is prioritizing a number of my previously finished projects, both fiction and non-fiction. I would love for LoKT to do well enough to demand further books, but they would almost certainly be prequels, as Tolkien did with the Silmarillion. The fifth book, The War of Swords, is quite literally, the end. Regardless, I might need a break from the epic sprawl. People who enjoy epic fantasy appreciate the complexity and drama, and I do, too! But it takes a toll, holding all those plot strands together.

Thank you for sharing your time with us!

Tour participants:

Gillian Adams Beckie Burnham Morgan L. Busse CSFF Blog Tour Carol Bruce Collett Theresa Dunlap April Erwin Victor Gentile Nikole Hahn Ryan Heart Bruce Hennigan Christopher Hopper Jason Joyner Julie Carol Keen Krystine Kercher Marzabeth Shannon McDermott Rebecca LuElla Miller Eve Nielsen Sarah Sawyer Kathleen Smith Donna Swanson Rachel Starr Thomson Steve Trower Fred Warren Phyllis Wheeler Nicole White Rachel Wyant


  1. What an awesome interview! Thank you for sharing, Mr. Briggs and Noah! =)

  2. Great interview Noah... those were fun questions to ask :-) Thanks for sharing.