Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Guest Blogger: Kevin Villegas (Author of The Sunwright Chronicles)

Today we have our first guest blogger.

Kevin M. Villegas has stopped by to promote his latest work

The Sunwright Chronicles - Empire at War:


Crisis engulfs the Empire of Kirmar. Barbarians from the east have poured through the borders of the Empire and threaten to capture the imperial capital. In addition to the invasion mysterious agents flood the Empire seeking to destabilize the already weakened state. To make matters worse Paris along with his wife Suadela have mysteriously vanished leaving their children Tobias, Calia and Pershing to face the current crisis alone. Luckily for the Empire of Kirmar the Sunwright children are more than ready for the challenge that faces them.
But will the united strength of the Sunwright children be enough to save the Empire of Kirmar? As the barbarians continue to push their advantage love and romance blooms in the most unlikely places. A sleeping giant in the Elven nation of Garion is wakened by the immediate danger facing Kirmar, will the Elves support Kirmar as they have done many times before? In the south the Empire of Imaldris formerly a part of the Empire of Kirmar is facing its own troubles. A weak Emperor has allowed the nation of Nazzir a long time enemy of the Empire to grow in power.
Even in these dark times there is always hope. A struggling Empire which has stood for nine hundred years is forced to come together to face the greatest crisis it has ever seen.

Today he writes about creating one of the characters in his book:

The Origin of Paris Sunwright

Creating a world and a good back story is important when writing a novel in the Epic Fantasy genre. I had done both before I had a true central character to wrap my story around. Paris’s origins are interesting to say the least. I have been playing table top Dungeon and Dragons for over six years. I enjoy rolling the dice, developing the characters and the roleplaying. D&D can be a deadly game to play (from the characters perspective). I’ve lost countless characters over the years, some of those characters were well developed, some died early on in the game so their story was barely developed. Paris Sunwright is my only character who survived a full campaign.

I took a lot of time developing Paris’s character, as I dedicated more time to Paris he quickly became the character I have enjoyed playing the most in my years of gaming. He ended the campaign as an extremely powerful arch-mage. After the campaign completed it took me a couple of months to decide to use Paris in my burgeoning world. After I decided to add Paris, it took me seven more years of tinkering before I felt I had developed a solid enough story to start writing The Sunwright Chronicles. Over those seven years I developed Paris’s family. Suadela his wife, Tobias the eldest, Calia the middle child and Pershing the youngest, an interesting fact about Paris is his current family is not his first.

Like the world of Tera which has so much lore and backstory I could write countless novels about it, Paris Sunwright and his family have a great deal of backstory which could cover several novels. Paris is not featured in every chapter in the book, his influence is felt by every character. What I like about Paris is though he is the central character his time spent in the novel is very limited, well for now.

- Kevin M. Villegas

More about the author: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. My ongoing series "The Sunwright Chronicles." Is a culmination of fifteen years of creating a unique living world with a rich history. I am currently writing the second book in the series. Besides writing I enjoy computer gaming, reading, watching the history and science channels. My favorite activity is hanging out with my awesome family :).

Thanks to Kevin for stopping by!

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