I just completed my author interview with R.A. Sears (author of the Ragnarok Legacy Series). Thank you for taking the time to do the interview with us and make sure to check out the book review that I did on the first book in the series, Lunacy by clicking HERE.
Check out the books that we have listed by R.A. Sears here: Vampires
How did you come up with the idea for The Ragnarok Legacy?
I used to play a tabletop RPG (similar style to Dungeons & Dragons) called Werewolf: the Apocalypse. I created Jynxx as a character for it, and I never really got to play as him, so a few years later I was flipping through my W:tA manual and found the character sheet. Things just kinda snowballed from there. The story’s also been through a few massive rewrites, so many things have changed, but Jynxx has always looked the same, at least.
What three words would you choose to describe The Ragnarok Legacy?
Provocative, inventive, nerdy.
How many books are currently in The Ragnarok Legacy and how many can we expect total?
Currently, only book 1 is out. Book 1.5 (and in between novella with Jynxx as the narrator, rather than Kacea) comes out July18th. I have through the fourth full novel planned (in my head, at least). Probably some side stories and novellas in between to plug in story gaps that won’t fit with the main plotline… I plan to run with Kacea’s storyuntil it’s finished, but I hope to not go more than ten full novels before I can find an effective wrap-up for everything.
Are you currently working on any other projects that you would like to share with us?
Uh… too many to count. I have three other series I’m half writing, mostly on my off days when The Ragnarok Legacy gives me the finger and leaves me staring at blank pages. Four, if you count the erotica trilogy I’m working on (The Entrance Saga, precursor to The Infernalia Chronicles). The first book in it is called “From the Top” and it’s available on Amazon. I have no clue when I’ll be able to dive back into that one.
The Clockwork Pieces series is kinda sci-fi steampunk awesomeness, with a lot of saucy scenes that make it an 18+ read. The beginning of the book “Clockwork Heart” is featured in an anthology from Hot Ink Press that I co-edited, called “Les Vaporistes” and is also available on Amazon. If you’re into saloon girls that run ranches, the equivalent of a post-apocalyptic relic hunting billionaire, and air pirates, that story (and the series) have all that and more.
Eater of Hearts is an urban fantasy series I’ve written a few shorts for, and actually done a bit of crossing over with The Ragnarok Legacy. Mathias Greene is an assassin working to protect humanity from rogue Othernaturals, and he’s run afoul of The Jackal, the leader of the Clan of Anubis. Their primary goal is to reduce the human population and help restore order to nature and the planet. TRL and EoH are in the same universe, which also dips into the same universe as The Infernalia Chronicles…
I’ve been doing a lot of story crossing, as I’ve been building this world in my head, and now on these pages, for a very long time.
Last would be the Grimoire of the Sisters Rasputin, a series of books about seven sisters with varying degrees of magickal talents. The first one is called “Devil’s Food” and centers around Demetria, a woman who runs a cupcake shop and thinks she doesn’t have a magickal bone in her body, until a baking experiment goes awry and she accidentally summons a demon.
How long have you been writing?
Seriously writing? Close to ten years. Dabbling? Since I could hold a pen/pencil, or hammer out a ridiculous little horror story on one page on my mom’s electric typewriter when I was a kid. With titles like “Cheetahs in Space” and “Witches’ Strange Powers”, you can tell I was raised on a healthy diet of sci-fi and horror, along with nature documentaries.
Do you have a favorite character from The Ragnarok Legacy?
Definitely Jamison, the vampire. He doesn’t show up much in the first book, but he’s the big second fiddle to Kacea in “Sanguinarium,” the second full novel. He’s got a big part to play, and I’m super excited to reveal it to everyone once I get book 2 finished and onto shelves.
Who is your favorite author and how have they inspired the writer that you are today?
I’d have to say I have several. To only pick one wouldn’t credit everyone who’s inspired me. First would be Laurell K. Hamilton, who managed to pack reanimators, vampires, and werecritters of all flavors into one series in a world that—although obviously fictional and fantastic—seems perfectly real and plausible. I love how, even in a world you know isn’t real, she manages to suspend your sense of disbelief and make it seem like these impossible creatures are not only real, but that you know and love them. I strive for that in my fiction, to be able to make the impossible seem possible. You never want your reader to stop and go, “Wait… That could never happen.”
Another would be Stephen King. He’s got a flair for the gross and horrific, and he’s a master of the sentence fragment. When people try to tell me, “You can’t use fragments like that,” I can pull just about any of his books from the shelf and point to one. If he can do it, as long as it makes sense in context, to hell with the laws of grammar.
Anne Rice, for introducing me to the vampire as a person, not just some nameless nightmare creature out for blood.
And finally, Rob Thurman, who does such a flawless and fantastic job of writing urban fantasy in a first person male narrative that I wish I could have a coffee with her and pick her brain.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Definitely my family. My mom and dad have both always been encouraging to me, and they both instilled in me a love of reading and running away to far off lands, just with the turn of a page.
What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Anyone who tells you that it’s not a real job, or tries to discourage you, evaluate how much they’re needed in your life. I’m not saying quit your day job because you have a plot synopsis for a novel in your head, but writing can be woven into any lifestyle, even if it’s just in a “for your own enjoyment” capacity. Manage your time, do your research. And I don’t just mean on story content. Look into marketing, agents, how to submit to publishing houses (be they The Big 6, or indies), research self publishing, and know that overnight success doesn’t happen for most folks. Maybe if you’re luck and can afford an amazing agent, it will. But for most of us, any sort of recognition comes from many hours sitting at the computer, making phone calls, going to conventions, doing signings, and a million other things. It’s not easy, but if you truly love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life.