Today I’m talking with prolific author Sigmund Brouwer, who has written numerous books. His most recent release is called The Orphan King, which I reviewed yesterday. Click here to read my book review.
Sigmund, I loved The Orphan King! Great book. Where did this story come from? And how is it connected to the Wings of Light series?
Thanks for kind words about the story. It’s one that has always seem to own me, instead of it belonging to me. It’s definitely connected to the Winds of Light series; there was much of the story that was untold — action taking place between what we as readers could see — and Shannon, my GREAT editor gave me a chance explore the rest of the events and put them on the pages. I wanted to do my best for those who read the original series, so that if they liked it the first time around they would have many aha moments, and enjoy the story from this fresh perspective.
I hope that a strong theme emerges as the story unfolds. I think that each of us faces age-old ideas and conflicts, and each of us must learn the same lessons learned by individuals of previous generations. Some things — science and math — can be passed along from one generation to the next, but the important matters in our spiritual lives have to be relearned by each new generation. I hope the epic battle between Merlins and Druids is a reflection of the battles that each of us face and the decisions that each of us have to make, with consequences for each of us that truly have eternal implications.
Well, you have me totally hooked. I might just have to go searching for all the Wings of Light books so I can read them. Get those aha moments in reverse. How many books will be released in the Merlin’s Immortals series?
At this point, it’s definitely a trilogy, but I’m doing my best to make it longer than that. It’s very enjoyable to be back with the characters.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
First a cowboy. That lasted until second grade. Then I truly dreamed about playing hockey. After all, I’m Canadian, eh! But all along, underneath it, I knew I wanted to be an author.
When did you decide to try writing books?I sent out for first short story for publication when I was 20; it took hundreds of pages of writing on a clunky typewriter and dozens of rejections until my first story was published about seven years later. Then three years after that, I had my first books published, called The Accidental Detectives series.
What do you consider one of your biggest life adventures?
Without a doubt, fatherhood. Our girls are 8 & 12, and ‘Daddy’ is my favorite word in the world. I’m glad I had other adventures in my twenties before getting married — riding a bike across Canada, hitching through Europe and other stuff — because those are great memories of more conventional adventures — but I wake up every morning looking forward to spending time with the girls. Last week we went looking for dinosaur bones in an exposed riverbank. Every weird rock they found convinced them they had discovered a new species, and it was an amazing adventure.
It sounds like it. My kids take me on a new adventure every day. Here’s a little bit about The Orphan King.
The future of the Immortals is in the hands of an orphan.
“My greatest fear was that they would find us and make of us a sacrifice beneath a full moon. Now you, Thomas, must help us destroy the circle of evil.”
The last words of a dying woman would change the life of young Thomas. Raised behind monastery walls, he knows nothing of his mysterious past or imminent destiny. But now, in the heart of medieval England, a darkness threatens to strangle truth. An ancient order tightens their ghostly grip on power, creating fear and exiling those who would oppose them. Thomas is determined fulfill his calling and bring light into the mysterious world of the Druids and leaves the monastery on an important quest.
Thomas quickly finds himself in unfamiliar territory, as he must put his faith in unusual companions—a cryptic knight, a child thief, and the beautiful, silent woman whom may not be all she seems. From the solitary life of an orphan, Thomas now finds himself tangled in the roots of both comradery and suspicion.
Can he trust those who would join his battle…or will his fears force him to go on alone?
Thomas is very trusting. Sometimes that trait helps him, but sometimes it gets him into trouble. How might teens like Thomas discern whether or not a person can be trusted?
That’s the perfect question to ask someone who considers fatherhood the greatest possible adventure. I sure hope I have the answers by the time my girls reach their teens!
LOL! What new fictional adventure are you working on now and when can we read it?
I’ve just completed Fortress of Mist, the next book in the Merlins Immortals, and very soon I’ll get started on the third book.
In the mean-time, I do have another book coming out this summer — historical love/adventure set in the politically turbulent years of Rome and Jerusalem in the years just before the Roman army destroyed the Temple. It’s called The Last Temple, and completes a trilogy with co-author Hank Hanegraaff.
Ooh. That sounds like a fun series. And I love the covers of Fortress of Mist and The Last Temple! (Makes mental note to read Last Disciple series.) Where can readers learn more about you and your writing?
I’d love it if they visited my website www.coolreading.com. I’d love it even more if they stopped by www.rockandroll-literacy.com. I visit about 250 schools a year to help promote literacy, and it would be great to hear from anyone who wanted me to visit a local school.
If you’re a teacher, or if you just like a great presentation, visit www.rockandroll-literacy.com and watch the short video about how his presentations work. It’s pretty fun stuff.
Thanks for being here, Sigmund! And thanks for writing books that make boys want to read!
And because I loved The Orphan King so much, I’m giving away a copy of the book! So, if you want to win, enter below.