Ryan, Matthew D.: Children of Lubrochius, From the Ashes of Ruin, Book 1


Children of Lubrochius

by Matthew D.Ryan

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Cover_ChildrenLubrochius Only Coragan of Esperia can hope to stop them. But is even he prepared to face the dark cult who claims her as their own: the Children of Lubrochius?

Buy Links for The Children of Lubrochius:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/415779

The prequel, Drasmyr, is currently available free as an ebook at Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and elsewhere.

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131156

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Drasmyr&sprefix=Drasm%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ADrasmyr

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Drasmyr?store=allproducts&keyword=Drasmyr

Lulu (Hardcover Print Book—$24.99): http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?type=Print+Products&keyWords=Drasmyr&sitesearch=lulu.com&q=&x=0&y=0

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A change came over the body. Wisps of white mist, like smoke began issuing from his mouth and nose, and from the sides. The mist grew thick, coagulating around the edges of the corpse and rolling down the sides of the altar. Soon, the mist darkened, turning grey, and then black. Then, the body convulsed and burst aflame. The fire quickly spread across the altar and even down around it on the floor, coming into being everywhere the mist had spread.

Korina felt a wave of ungodly heat blast her in the face. Though she remained on her knees, she backed away somewhat until the heat of the fire was more bearable.

There was a terrible keening scream. The fires writhed, stretching upward toward the ceiling as a figure appeared on the altar amidst the flames, slowly coming into existence like a solidifying ghost. It stood seven feet tall and wore a simple black robe adorned with runes of power stitched in white. Its scaly skin was a marbled mix of black and red; its reptilian head bore two long horns stretching toward the ceiling, one over each glowing, green eye. A forked tongue periodically snaked between its razor-sharp teeth, and a thin stream of drool depended from the corner of its mouth. The robes it wore must have had a hole in the rear, for two enormous bat-like wings protruded from the creature’s back and spread outward like battle standards on a field of war. 

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It is my pleasure to welcome Matthew D. Ryan, author of The Children of Lubrochius, to Room With Books. I appreciate the time you have taken to answer a few questions and letting Room With Books be part of your tour.

Tell me about The Children of Lubrochius and what inspired you to write it?

The Children of Lubrochius is the first book in my series, From the Ashes of Ruin. It is preceded by a prequel entitled Drasmyr (a free eBook). The Children of Lubrochius picks up where the prequel left off. In fact, it starts with a scene in which the evil sorceress Korina is interviewing the vampire Lucian val Drasmyr in her summoning chamber, who is also quite evil. As a whole, the story tells of Korina’s rise to power in the city of Drisdak with a little help from Drasmyr. Set against her are Coragan of Esperia and his allies. In the prior book, Korina murdered a fellow student at her wizards guild. In the beginning of this book, Coragan is hired to investigate the young woman’s murder. That investigation is what leads to the conflict between Coragan and the terrible duo: Korina and Drasmyr.

As for inspiration, I have spent years reading fantasy novels and playing fantasy-based RPG games like Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. Taken all together, that forms a kind of stew in my brain from which I can extract a great number of ideas, plotlines, and characters. The particulars of this vampire, for example, were inspired by the vampires in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Some of the other characters in my novel have been inspired by real people I have met in life. As to why I wrote the book? I am completing the story I began in Drasmyr. I expect it to take about four books or so. Since I’m an author, it makes more sense to finish what I’ve already started. I don’t really have a grander purpose beyond that. I enjoy writing; that is enough to get me in front of the computer and the engrossing nature of the story keeps me there.

When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?

I start with a brief outline. Then, once I have a general sense of the story as a whole, I expand upon it, filling in some details to make a fuller outline. Once I begin writing, however, I don’t let the outline get in the way of inspiration. And yes, the inspiration often comes from the characters. If I suddenly have the urge to have a vampire bite one of the main characters, I’ll write it in that way. This was not always the case. The original draft of the prequel, Drasmyr, was written almost stream-of-consciousness nearly twenty years ago. I changed my approach out of necessity for The Children of Lubrochius and other projects I have worked on.

Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?

No. I don’t do that. I understand that some authors’ characters are very lively in the writer’s imagination, and my characters are very real to me, but in the end I control them. I decide what they say and do, within the confines of how I understand their character. Sometimes I make mistakes, but my editor (my sister) is good at pointing those out to me.

What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?

I don’t drink coffee. Yes, I’m an American, and I don’t drink coffee. My whole family drinks coffee. It’s probably the most popular beverage in the country, but not for me.

If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?

Brandon Sanderson. He’s a great writer. I’m particularly fond of the magic systems he develops and the philosophic views his characters usually espouse. His characters are usually good people with strong ethics and morals, and I like that. I think he would complement me well, or vice versa; I try to make my characters honorable and decent, as well, despite what kind of philosophical origins they might have—unless, of course, the character in question is intended as a villain.

When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?

I wanted to be a paleontologist because I loved dinosaurs. I read hordes and hordes of dinosaur books. Dinosaurs always appealed to me because they were big and cool looking. I mean, I was just a little kid, easily impressed by such simple things. My favorite was triceratops, followed by tyrannosaurus rex. I had little plastic dinosaur figures with which I had epic adventures and fights between them. Triceratops always won, of course. I liked him (or her) because he was a peaceful plant-eater who had, basically, two bone spears on his head (and a smaller dagger) for defense. After dinosaurs, I got into dragons (a natural extension, I think) and that led to fantasy.

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?

Ever since I was a little kid I was hit on-and-off with the writing bug. However, my first real attempt at writing didn’t occur until I completed the rough draft of Drasmyr in 1995. It started as a short story to alleviate some boredom and try something new. It grew into a complete novel and later into a vocation.

What music inspires your writing?

I usually don’t listen to music as I write. I’ve recently started to listen to Glenn Beck on the radio or some other talk show while I write. For the longest time, I felt listening to anything was too distracting, but I’m adjusting. It helps me kill two birds with one stone: write and stay informed.


What is your favorite breakfast? French Toast

What is your favorite color? It used to be green. Now it’s black.

What is your favorite movie? Braveheart with Mel Gibson. I haven’t seen it in years, but it’s a great movie.

What is your dream car? I just want a car that will get me from point A to point B. My first car was a red Hyundai Excel. I liked that car a lot. I currently drive a Ford Focus, and that suits me fine. It gets decent gas mileage (about 40 mpg on the highway), but I was getting that years ago with my Hyundai. Recently, our Focus broke down on the side of the road. We had road service and Ford’s customer service impressed enough that I will probably remain a loyal customer for the rest of my life (I was that impressed).

How can our readers find you?

Author Links

Author’s website: http://matthewdryan.com

Author’s Smashwords Page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/matthewdryan

Author’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000038781652

Author’s Amazon Author Central Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/matthewdryan

Author’s Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/579148.Matthew_D_Ryan

Thank you again, Matthew, for your time and I wish you the best of luck with your series.

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AuthorPicMatthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. Mr. Ryan has a background in philosophy, mathematics, and computer science. He has a black belt in the martial arts and studies yoga. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He is the operator of the web-site matthewdryan.com which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,”a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. Mr. Ryan says he receives his inspiration from his many years as an avid role-player and fantasy book reader. He has spent many long hours devising adventures and story-lines for games, so it was a natural shift moving into fantasy writing.

Mr. Ryan is the author of the exciting dark fantasy novel, Drasmyr,, its sequel, The Children of Lubrochius, and a growing number of short stories. His first novel, Drasmyr, has consistently earned reviews in the four and five star range and serves as the prequel to his upcoming series: From the Ashes of Ruin. In addition to Drasmyr and The Children of Lubrochius, Mr. Ryan has published several short stories on-line, including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur,” “The River’s Eye,” and “Escape.”

Links to Matthew D. Ryan on the Internet

Author’s website: http://matthewdryan.com

Author’s Smashwords Page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/matthewdryan

Author’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000038781652

Author’s Amazon Author Central Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/matthewdryan

Author’s Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/579148.Matthew_D_Ryan

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