Is there a lot of romance in Bloodline?
Compared to the early parts of Cradle where there is no romance, yes quite a bit. Compared to a novel with a lot of romance, no.
Is there a lot of romance in Bloodline?
Compared to the early parts of Cradle where there is no romance, yes quite a bit. Compared to a novel with a lot of romance, no.
Whats the mindset behind behind giving your books away for free so often, how does this lead to more sales/fans?
Alright, so those are two different answers to be honest.
So, the mindset behind giving them away for free so often is...We can and we think people like it. That is why we started giving them away, that is why we kept giving them away. That was ever the idea came from... we were like, people like this and it's something we can do.
We expected that to cost us, we expected that to be a big issue. Especially when we give away all my books or all of a series, were like... Oh man, we are really going to see a loss in sales from that. Only it turns out we don’t, so we haven't really seen a problem with sales because of that. In a lot of cases quite the opposite, we see that the sales even while it's free that the kindle unlimited reads increase so we did not expect that.
I feel like that is two different answers because...What mindset lead to that vs what result does it have.
So then it leads to more sales than fans because people try it, people try the books and when you give away stuff for free people like it so then they recommend it to other people and word of mouth spreads.
One of the other things that has really led to more new fans than we expected is Audible having all the books on Audio and Audible Plus. We are available on Audible Plus. The Cradle series certainly and you can listen to Cradle for free as part of your subscription. We have heard from a lot of people who have discovered the series just because they were looking for something to read on Audible Plus and that cool. That was an exciting thing to learn.
Would you be open to doing streams more often? Not just before the release of a book? Perhaps you could talk about the writing process, daily life, maybe even stream some gameplay. It'd be hard for you to do it too often but perhaps once every month or every two months? I have basically no shot of seeing you in person, so the streams are as close as I can get.
Yes, yeah, I would be open to that. Every time I do one of these, I think...I could do that more often except then I lose my voice the next day. But other than that, I'm like, I could do this more often.
When im not streaming im like... So I could setup a stream or I could do... anything else with my time. So, it is one of those things where I’m like... should I setup a stream or should I go write a book.
What is the best magic system or mage class you have played in a game
Hmm. I don't know, weirdly the first thing that popped into my mind is Terraria and Terraria doesn't have a magic system it just has mage items. They are really fun and colorful, and they have a lot of different effects so I always enjoy playing a mage in Terraria. I don't why that was the first thing that popped into my head, but it was. Hmmm I don't know.
How close does the current cradle story align with the initial outline? Are there any major deviations after the world/characters became more flushed out?
Yes. Uh...There are definitely things. What I usually do is I have certain big events that i am definitely going to get to, so that road map down the road has always been there, all the major events have remained the same, so the general outline has been the same pretty much the whole time but the specific events that happen in each book, that changes all the time. That changes based on what I want to do. So a lot of times those minor changes snowball into bigger changes. One of those things is, Bliss from elder empire for instance, I know you asked about Cradle but this is the easiest off the top answer. I had designed, I had said there was a woman who was the head of the Blackwatch who was an artificially created homunculus basically and she had the spear of Tharlos, and had this certain power and she was this kind of person. But then when I wrote her intro scene meaning Calder, I really enjoyed writing her, and i enjoyed that scene a lot. So she became a bigger character than I intended her to be just because it was fun to write, just because she was fun so I enjoyed her.
So that kind of stuff happens in Cradle, like I said... earlier I had planned on Akura Grace just being one of the more sympathetic Akura clan characters, then as I fleshed her out, she grew into a character. So that ended up creating new things.
How controlled is your usual fan interaction? For instance, when you comment in the subreddit, is it because you came in intending to interact, or is it more spur-of-the-moment?
On the subreddit particularily i just have the reddit app on my----, see! see look! Smoke! Why is smoke filling the room now, it wasn't before! I hate it, why is it doing this? Arghhh that annoys me.
Is it possible for Fiends of Chaos to not be inherently dangerous to humanity? So instead of wanting to destroy everything like Urgnaught, the Chaosfriend wants to completely master cooking for example.
Uh, Yeah.... Not really no, but it's possible for.. the example here was, instead of wanting to devour all of existance is it possible for instance for them to want to for instance master cooking. So that kind of thing is absolutly possible, but what the issue with fiends of choas is they are inherently destabilizing to the order that existance requires so they are going to kind of be unraveling reality as they as doing it so it is always going to be a problem
In Ghostwater, Eithan stated that the Sage of Red Faith was not the type to take the loss of half-dozen Underlords lightly but we now know he is exactly that type. He doesn't care in the slightest for the cult as he offered to destroy them just to get Yerin's memories of her merge. He only cares about his research proving Eithan wrong once again.
Well, the way I see it, I’d say that the Sage of Red Faith isn’t the type to take the loss of a half-dozen Underlords lightly.
Not that he cares about them at all. He absolutely does not.
He cares only about his research. If losing six Underlords slows his research down, he’ll be driven mad with vengeance, which is how Eithan saw the situation. That guy would swear undying vengeance over a stolen sandwich if he thought it slowed his research down.
On the other hand, he’d spend Underlord lives like pennies if it advanced his research.
That’s how I see the character, anyway, but of course it’s subjective.
It always throws me when I remember Lindon is supposed to be this mass of muscle. I think it’s because he’s so meek, but my mental image always defaults to a relatively small, wimpy looking kid.
Lindon is a W I D E B O I
Honestly, when I was first designing his character, it just appealed to me to have a protagonist whose appearance was so at odds with his personality.
I didn’t realize how much people’s understanding of his character would form their mental image, even when it contradicts the actual physical description.
I learned something!
Wait a second, was it intentional that Lindon was suppose to be jacked because of his core deficiency?
I just saw this comment a few minutes ago and it clicked in my head that normally even children make it to copper so they can cycle madra to their limbs on the journey to iron and that is what helps them battle gravity.
Since Lindon couldn't do that he had to rely on pure muscle to move around so his whole life was like resistance training. There's so much detail that goes into how books are put together that it blows my mind.
Yeah, that was a big part of the original idea. He has to keep up in physical training with people who are supernaturally stronger than he is.
I’m guessing I’m a common demographic on here - novice writer wanting to dip toes into progression. But also like the rest of us, a cover budget would be small at best.
What do you guys think is most important to focus on for a cover? Something like Cradle, with a simple design on a monochrome background, a full fantasy shot, landscape, characters, or some combination? For authors on here, do you have any insight you could give on your own process?
Other commenters have covered “get a professional cover,” which is 100% true and the most important thing.
Otherwise, it’s about function.
Does the cover look good at thumbnail size? Because that’s how big your readers are going to see it. If it looks fantastic blown up and is just a blur when it’s tiny, it’s not a great cover for Amazon.
Does it look distinct from the other covers in your category? If someone scans your category on Amazon with their eye, as they do, does your cover pop up or blend in? You want them to see yours.
Lastly, does it reflect your book? If your book is a Lovecraftian Cowboy fantasy, your cover should scream “LOVECRAFTIAN COWBOYS.” If you have a cover that shows off a massive battle between a mech and a giant zombie, that might happen in your book, but it doesn’t advertise your hook, while a cowboy hip-firing his pistol at a tentacle beast probably would.
That’s why Cradle is an icon on a mono-colored background. It’s completely readable at thumbnail size and when you skim the category with your eye it pops out.
Who came first, Malice or Big Mom (One Piece)? And which one of them is the better parent?
I, uh, haha, I don't know.. I don't know when Oda came up with Big Mom. What was the first chapter Big Mom came out in? I don't know and I can assure you they were not related in anyway. I had no.. The idea for Malice came from, there is always a cultivator in these Chinese cultivation novels that has a million kids and has this giant clan that just spans all the world. So they always have this and it's always a guy. So there's a, you know, a pretty obvious reason for that. Which is guys can have more children than women can because these people always have a lot of wives and so they can just have a bunch of kids. But I was like but these people are immortal so presumably over time some women would have a giant clan and she would be the big power behind it too. And I had never read that so I was like Eh.. made sense. So that was something that would probably exist. So I... wrote one. So that's where that character came from. So yeah.. She's just kind of the... uh 2012. Big mom came from 2012, so Big Mom came first. There you go.
What's your favorite personal anecdote?
Hmm, I don't know. It there a personal story I tell too much? There's a few..
A personal story you tell to much that time you tried to get... [inaudible]
That's not... that's not even real.
Have you read Reverend Insanity? If so, was there anything that was inspired by it?
I have. I've read Reverend Insanity back when it didn't have very many chapters and it was never a favorite of mine. Was anything inspired by it? No. That was something that I didn't dislike it or anything it just, it wasn't one that grabbed me.
How do you know to put foreshadowing on a specific book for a later book?
Couple of ways: one of things is a lot of times I know what's coming up so I know there are major events and I don't know how I'm going to get there but I know I'm going to get there. So one thing people pick up on all the time, and I very much understand this, but they say all the time that I have decided to retcon the sword sage's power level or that he definitely couldn't be killed by jades. And that was something that I when I realized later the what power scale was going to be that I retconned that to.. Retcon means going back and changing something that.. Retroactive continuity. Is going back and changing something that is already been established. And that was just must a mistake on my part it wasn't a retcon. I 100% always, even in my notes for Unsouled were like 'The jades definitely should not be able to kill this guy. He is way way above them'. So I didn't know all the details of what a sage could do or anything but I had the general shape of it and I knew kind of where he was in the power scale and I knew jades should not even be able to touch this guy. So what I intended to happen was that as people got further in the series and figured out how far away he was they would go 'Wait a second?! That's? There's no way jades should be able to do this' what I didn't realize, and I should have, was that people are gonna see that and then think it a mistake. So, that was one of those things that I was like that was something I really intended to, to setup and yet it looks like I made a mistake. There were definitely were mistakes. There were things I setup for. There are other things that I'm like eh.. I think I'm probably gonna do this. So I throw in some foreshadowing for it and then I miss it later. So like in Soulsmith Lindon picks up these scripted stones that people ask me about all the time and I absolutely intended for him to learn scripting starting with those stones as like this beginning of this ancient runic vocabulary that Lindon was gonna to learn. And.. it uh.. did not ever happen. So that was something where I just destroyed the stones in Ghostwater because I realized 'Op I'm never going to spend that time'. So yeah. How do I know to put foreshadowing on something? It's really just [explosion noise from stream game] Op.
Author's you enjoy or admire?
Man, that's uh a long list. That is hard to narrow down. I already mentioned The Wandering Inn by Pirateaba. Andrew Rowe is currently in the chat but you guys have all checked him out. So I don't even need to plug him. But Andrew Rowe is another one. ... So those are the ones off the top of my head because of what's around me.. let's see. Who else? Robert Jordan Wheel of Time obviously. Another classic. Brandon Sanderson, that's the easiest recommendation in the world. Jim Butcher Dresden Files is great. ... There's a number of web novels I'm reading right now. I'm reading Keyboard Immortal on Wuxiaworld that's a relatively new one. That's been fun. It's about a guy who gets the powers of an internet troll in a Chinese cultivation world. I'm reading I'm The Evil Lord of an Intergalactic Empire. I've enjoyed that. Dakota Krout. That's another one. He's really good. Let's see. I liked his Divine Dungeon series a lot. I didn't, the, his new series The Ritualist series is by, is his more popular one it seems, it seems. I don't know his sales numbers but it seems like it's more popular but it's LitRPG and I, like I said LitRPG is just not my thing. So I can't really, I don't know how it ranks cause I'm not a LitRPG guy. But if you're into LitRPG you've probably read his LitRPG series because it's extremely popular. So I'm sure it's good. I just, again, I, I can't, there's just something about the genre that I can't, just doesn't click for me. So there's another one that's To be a Power in the Shadows I think is what that title translates to. That one is hilarious. I really enjoy that one. It's another Japanese web novel. I don't know there's a lot.
Writing question: how do you write main characters like Lindon and Simon?
Sip I find writing protagonists to be very hard and here's why. Protagonists have do things functionally in the plot that other characters don't have to do so they have to be the ones that get your reader invested in them. You have to be interested enough in the character to keep reading. Like you have to like the character and they have to be the kind of person that going to keeps pushing the story forward. So that's why you tend to see the same types of protagonists and the same sort of archetypes. ... The protagonists has to sort of be a similar kind of person and the way I see it now, I didn't start off thinking this way, but the way I see it now there is sort of a generic protagonist template. Someone who is the standard hero for this type of story. What you really want is someone who does all those things, fulfills all those roles, but is also very grounded in the world they are in. They are a product of that world. So I did that with both Simon and Lindon I had them be someone who is definitely born in the world. They are a product of what has happened to them in this world. They could only exist in this world and yet they are still sort of, they fulfill their role as a hero of the story. They're resourceful and they got a strong goals and they are out to solve those goals themselves and that kind of thing. So they can carry the story on their backs but I feel like.. if I had to rate, this is very much a feeling thing. This is not something that I learned, this is not a super writer secret or anything. This isn't even a technical term but if I had to put them on a spectrum I would say Shera and Calder from Elder Empire are more on the side of being their own characters than being protagonists and Simon is kind of more of a, he's more the standard protagonist you'd expect. And Lindon's sort of between them. That's kind of the scale I'd put them on.So how do you write a protagonist like Lindon and Simon? I would really say you need someone who is going, the kind of person who is gonna do what you need them to do in the story. He's the kind of person, or she, is the kind of person is gonna go out basically looking for trouble, looking to solve their own problems, looking to uh to do what it takes in a story. So they're looking to go have an adventure for some reason and they're strongly motivated to do it. So they are the kind of person that's really gonna go out and solve problems and look for problems to solve. So that is one of the requirements but there is a lot of different personality types that can do that. And then I think the second thing is you want them to be a product of the world they you're in. Sip
Have you seen Hunter X Hunter?
Come on man. I'm in pain. I love Hunter Hunter. Alright.
I actually reread, it's talking about Seven Deadly Sins, the anime. I reread the manga Seven Deadly Sins not too long ago and I liked it. I think it's probably a little longer than it needs to be but it's.. it's good.
Did you read worm?
Yeah, Worm, I did read Worm. I really love Worm. I think Worm is great but I also think it is way longer than it needs to be. So, that's kinda my feeling about Worm. I read Worm, I read one of his other works. I don't remember what.. it's the one.. what is it called? I'll have to look it up later. But I read another one of the same author's works and it was good. I liked it and then I read.. it's Pact. That's what it was. Yeah Pact. Pact is what it was. I started reading Twig and I wasn't about it but I finished Pact and I read Worm and I started reading Ward and I did not like it. It was really, the style, that's the style I don't particularly like. So obviously a lot of people do. He's got a lot of fans and I think Worm is masterpiece so I have no, even its, even though I feel like it gets a little too long in the back half it's still so creative and well executed. But I, I still, I still don't like that style of basically just writing a lot that doesn't need to be in there. And, now I'm not every part of the book needs to necessarily be plot relevant. Which is fine but I do prefer that. So, Ward for instance, the sequel to Worm, one of the early scenes that I knew I was like hmm this is probably not to my tastes. There was a scene where the group of characters is in a group therapy session and we just sit through the entire group therapy session and we hear what everybody says to everybody else. The whole scene and it was honestly started off a really interesting scene because of course we're learning a lot about these characters and how they interact with each other and I was there for it. But, you then, see it all and I was like oof I would have cut that three or four pages in and it's.. it's very long. So that is not my style. That's not what I like.
Mercy never officially advanced to Overlord. She was boosting it temporarily with her book. Her advancement is never mentioned or commented on, and she never had time. Had she a spare moment, she had other things on her mind.
The book tends to forget this and makes multiple distinct mentions of her OL body. Maybe Will cut the scene or forgot?
Yeah; I never had a scene showing her advancing, but I had lines explaining what was going on with her. Then those scenes got cut and I didn’t realize I had thrown out the explanation. I’ll go into it in the next book.