Interview With Author Michael Phillip Cash

Please tell readers a bit about The Battle for Darracia.
A widening social gap between inhabitants on the planet Darracia is fracturing the once peaceful world. Nineteen-year-old Prince V’sair soon finds he must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade – the secret to a warrior’s heart. His quest is made all the more difficult because of his Uncle Staf Nuen’s selfish desire for domination. The young prince must use the energy of the Elements to find his true destiny before Staf Nuen can conquer Darracia.
Science Fiction/Fantasy writing is all about world building. How do you begin building your fantasy world?
That goes back to my habit of outlining. I start with a plot outline and then I begin adding my characters to that world. I play around with words – I like to call it word warping. Warping ordinary words into fantastical names, places and other story elements results in some pretty unique fantasy worlds.
Are you an outliner or a pantser?
Definitely an outliner. I know some authors who are content allowing the story take any number of directions along the way to the ending. I’m the type of author who needs to know where things are starting and ending before I begin writing. I don’t think there’s really any right or wrong way here. Whatever works for the writer is always best and outlining my stories works best for me.

What would your ideal fantasy world be?
If I were able to live in a fantasy world, I’d definitely have to say it’d be Disneyworld or Tomorrowland at Disneyland. How cool would it be able to ride those awesome rides anytime you like? Or visit outer space? Following in the footsteps of a Jedi Master at the Jedi Training? Sounds like a fantastic world to me!
What kind of music do you listen to when you’re writing fantasy fiction?
Believe it or not, I love listening to classic film soundtracks, and they don’t necessarily have to be related to Sci-Fi films either. I’m pretty eclectic in my music tastes. My go-to favorites are:
·         Star Wars by John Williams
·         Shaft by Isaac Hayes
·         Blade Runner by Vangelis
·         2001 by Stanley Kubrick
·         Singing in the Rain by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
How would you classify your fantasy novels? Character-driven or plot-driven?
Hmmm…good question. I’d have to say both. Character-driven stories are great. I mean, who wants to read a book with blah characters? But you need to have a solid plot for your characters to really thrive and come into their own. Characters and plot need to work in tandem or things will fall apart. Good characters have to drive a good plot or everything just falls flat for readers.
About Michael Phillip Cash
Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. His novels are best-sellers on Amazon under their genres – Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Ghost, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. Michael writes full-time and lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wonderful wife and screaming children. You can follow him @michaelpcash or connect with him via his website

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