Monday, May 8, 2017

Q&A with Daccari Buchelli, author of Phoenix

Now available from Buchelli Books is the young adult fantasy is Phoenix, book one in The Peradon Fantasy Series, by Daccari Buchelli.

The author has taken a few minutes out of his busy schedule for a Q&A about his new novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I have always been an avid reader and found it to be a useful escape from everyday problems. As I got older, my imagination began to play up during my school lessons, constantly leading me into new worlds and never giving me a moment of peace. When I was eight, I decided to try and write down the things that came to me. One idea sparked another and soon I had three short stories before me. Sadly, I do not own a copy of my first attempts at storytelling as the computer spontaneously combusted.

Quite ironic that I discovered 3 ½ floppy disks a week later. A week too late.

What was your first book/story published?

Although I self published novellas when I was younger, these were only for me and were always kept private.

The first story that I published since growing into adulthood was the first edition of my Fantasy novel, Phoenix, which was originally entitled Sweet Surrender and published with an Indie Publishing Press. Unfortunately, the company I had joined turned out to be bad news and so I chose to leave, with any royalties I had earned with-held from me.

What inspired you to write Phoenix?

When I first began drafting Phoenix, I had recently suffered a devastating break up. The person I had been seeing had appeared sweet at first, with a kind heart. Then, after time began to pass, they seemed to transform into someone else.

First, it was like another personality was bleeding through the mask they had created, then it began to take over. This is how I came up with the infamous yet charming Emperor Ryore. He is a tortured soul who wants to feel love, but is only able to feel obsession. Violetta's story is in part the journey I went through to learn that not everything is as it seems and that each of us is stronger than we might initially believe.

Which character in Phoenix is the least like you, and in what ways?

Prince Arlas of the Air Realm is probably the least like me out of this cast of characters. He is crude, cunning and has the appearance of a folklore vampire.

Along with being immortal, Arlas has incredible power at his disposal and uses it for his own sadistic purposes. He doesn't care who he hurts, as long as he gets what he desires.

What is your favorite part in Phoenix?
I love the ending, but allow me to clarify. We see Princess Violetta change a lot over the course of the novel. She becomes stronger, having learned what is truly important in life. In one of the final scenes, we see her standing up to her main oppressor, displaying her inner strength and power for all to see. It is after this scene that she is given the mythical nickname of The Phoenix.

What was the hardest part to write?

The ritual scene in The Maze of Oak probably took the longest to write due to the numerous details I had to keep in mind, including the various rules for magic in the world of Peradon.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

I would ideally be an artist, or a video game designer. I'd want to remain in the creative arts as this is where my talents and interests lie.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I do read all the reviews of my books. I love to know what people think and constantly strive to hone my craft. If one person's opinions differs to others, I tend not to pay it any heed, but if several people were to share the same views, then I accept any such praise or criticism and work hard to improve any specified areas of my work.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

I wholeheartedly admire James Patterson and Stephen King.

Patterson writes my two favourite genres of all, Thrillers and Fantasy. I both read and write within these two genres and adore the way Patterson can tweak his writing style in order to appeal to a wide audience range.

King has a writing style that I cannot even begin to describe. I love learning all about him. He has experienced a lot in his life to date, including almost dying after being hit by a car, and he has come out stronger than ever. I love the ability he has to chill you to your core or to make you laugh at things that usually wouldn't provoke such a response.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

Yes, in fact I do. I'm currently working on two projects side by side, one being a thriller, the other Fantasy.

Book Two of The Peradon Fantasy Series, Symbiote, follows on five years from the events of Phoenix when an all consuming storm blankets the Realms of Peradon. Violetta Flame is called upon to make a choice that could seal the fate of her own people.

It is my first time working on a thriller, yet I remain confident that the story of Evylia Wilde in See will hold its own appeal to fans of the genre. After being cured of a horrific skin disease using fringe science, young Evy develops the ability for clairvoyance and begins to have visions from her past. Her story teaches us that sometimes the past stays buried for a reason.

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About the Author: Born in 1993, British writer Daccari Buchelli spends his time focusing on his
favourite genre, Fantasy. Having developed an early love of literature, he became determined to create his own magical wonderlands for fellow readers to explore. He spent his teenage years working on several Fantasy novellas, which he has yet to release to the general public.

He has since released the first book in a new Fantasy series, which revolves around young royals and the elemental magic that they possess.

As an active member of the LGBT+ community, Mr Buchelli hopes to help reduce intolerance and bullying by promoting acceptance and understanding of those different to ourselves.

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