What is Eighteen Objects of Power about?
It pertains to the world of The Year of the Red Door. It is a small book containing descriptions of eighteen magical things as reported in a newspaper supplement published in The Star, a broadsheet of Duinnor City. I have excerpted it from The Reader’s Companion to the Year of the Red Door.
What kind of objects?
Well, all sorts. A sword, a carriage, a special torch, and an arrow that never misses the mark are a few of the things described. You can read more about it all, and see a complete list of the Eighteen Objects of Power at the webpage about the book.
Are any of these objects in your story, The Year of the Red Door?
Readers will recognize a good number of the objects, like Swyncraff, True Ink, and Ethliad the Sword. But there are a few that aren’t in the main story at all, like the Red Feather of Callowain and Luna’s Lantern. One object, the Glowing Stone of Bazradur, isn’t mentioned by name, but one of the characters actually sees a broken chunk of it in Vanara (although he doesn’t know what it is).
How do any of these things relate to the story?
Some are featured as important things that certain characters use or possess. For instance, Swyncraff, the magic staff that Lord Thurdun gives to Robby. It is a very important object that saves Robby’s life a number of times, not to mention the lives of other characters. Another object, or rather phenomena, is the Ring of Fire that surrounds the land of Nasakeeria. Perhaps not an object as we might normally think of things. But it is a very important aspect of the tale. And there are a number of other things, too, that appear in the story.
Is the writing style different in the Eighteen Objects of Power?
Yes, very much so. Actually, there are three different styles within the book. One is just a relaxed preface from me to the reader. Another style is an excerpt from The Reader’s Companion that is a bit more formal. Then there’s the newspaper supplement which contains all of these descriptions of the eighteen objects. There, I tried to model the writing style after articles written in newspapers of our own world from the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. So the language there is a bit more formal, but with quirks and phrasings that we wouldn’t normally see in modern newspapers.
So this is actually a newspaper excerpt contained within your Reader’s Companion and published separately here.
Yes, that’s right. It’s nested, something like a matryoshka doll, I reckon. Within the book, things are fully framed by explanations so that everyone can know the context. I think most readers will understand when they see it. Not that it really matters all that much. These are just very short “reports” or stories, not some long and formal treatise on the subject.
You’ve mentioned The Reader’s Companion a few times. Remind us what it is, please.
The Reader’s Companion to The Year of the Red Door is essentially a reference work based on my notes. In fact, I first created it for my own use during the writing of TYOTRD. In a certain way, it served as my “writer’s companion.” Some of it, such as the Chronology, is available on the website. Some of the stories in the Reader’s Companion are on the website, too. It is the source of this book, the Eighteen Objects of Power, and many other stories. You can read more about all that by going to the book’s webpage and clicking on “Read the Author’s Preface.”
So when are you going to let the rest of us have a copy of The Reader’s Companion?
As soon as I can. I had hoped to have a first edition out this summer. But it’s a pretty hefty tome, and it’ll take a lot more work to make it presentable. I’m not sure I can get everything done any time soon, what with so many other things demanding my attention. And summer is nearly upon us! We’ll see. At the latest (I hope!), I should have it available by this time next year.
Okay. Back to the Eighteen Objects of Power. You’ve been doing giveaways to your newsletter subscribers for a while, now. But this is only the second time that you’ve publicized a big freebie. Right?
That’s right. I’ve been giving away backstories to my subscribers, that is, small reports or snippets of background information about various characters. And I’ll continue to do that.
I did a major giveaway about six months ago to attract subscribers to my newsletter. That was The Fall of the Faere and Other Stories.
This giveaway, Eighteen Objects of Power, is something that I’ve contemplated publishing for a long while, but I just kept putting it off.
How much will it cost if someone misses out and has to purchase a copy?
It won’t be expensive. Most distributors and retailers will price it at $3.99 for the electronic versions and $8.99 for the print versions.
One last question. Where can I learn more and sign up for your newsletter so that I can get in on this giveaway?
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