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Crown Duel and Vidanric Outtakes

Hi there! I just finished the ebook edition of Crown Duel and I loved it. It has all the elements of a great fantasy book - action, adventure, world-building, intrigue, and oh yeah, that little romance - which was oh so satisfying! Sherwood, thank you for writing this story and bringing a little piece of joy into my life! This is a book that will go on my shelf and be one of those comfort reads for years to come. I especially enjoyed the Vidanric POVs. What a treat! It's not often we get the heroe's perspective straight from the author (and instead have to resort to listless fanfiction). Those extras really humanized him and made me love his character even more. I had a few questions.

1. What made you decide to write these extras!

2. How did you choose which scenes to write?

3. Will you be writing more scenes from Vidanric's POV in the future?


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Sep. 29th, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading it!

I wrote them because people had asked me to. Some asked for specific scenes, and if I saw an amusing twist to one, I went for it. I wrote them mostly while I was in Vidanric's head anyway, as I wrote A Stranger to Command. Because it was fun for me, some of the ones I included hearken back to his early experiences.

I don't see any utility in writing more about what happened then, as it seems it would just be repetitive; Vidanric and Mel both will be visited in the upcoming series, and we see him as an experienced king, in the middle of action, with little kids to worry about. It takes place about ten years after.

Edited at 2016-09-29 02:00 pm (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
Some of those extras were alot of fun to read and I can really sense you had fun writing them. I was literally swelling up with glee and laughter reading through the candlestick, wager, and Russav scenes. It was so amusing to see how Vidanric had to mentally strategize in every dealing with Mel. No matter how much he carefully laid out his actions in his mind, she always surprised him by her reaction.

Even though we readers tend to focus more on the romance, it was also eye-opening to see how much stress Vidanric was under throughout Crown Duel with the turmoil in the kingdom and then on top of that, falling for a woman who seemingly loathed his very existence. He always seemed so calm, cool, and collected in Crown Duel that the extra scenes unveiled another dimension to his personality. There's one line you wrote in the last extra to the effect of "he was finally sure about the rightness of his place in the world" that was really touching. He deserved to finally have that moment of happiness and hope for the future after his many struggles. Because of that, I will definitely be reading A Stranger to Command to learn more about his past.

What is the name of the next book you are writing where Vidanric and Mel will be featured? When are you planning to release it?

Edited at 2016-09-29 04:54 pm (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

The one ten years on is Ship Without Sails--and I don't have a pub date, alas.
Sep. 30th, 2016 01:07 am (UTC)
As frustrating as it is at times that so much is still to be published, I do relish the idea of there always being just one more book to come!

I don't remember hearing Ship Without Sails mentioned (I am only on sporadically) so very excited!!!
Sep. 30th, 2016 01:29 am (UTC)
There are actually eight or nine books to come. The publisher is slow, alas!
Sep. 30th, 2016 04:12 am (UTC)
*bridles patience* :) (ETA meaning mine!)

Edited at 2016-09-30 04:12 am (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2016 04:23 am (UTC)
I have a tough time bridling mine! I'm not getting any younger!
Nov. 16th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
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