I want to thank and welcome author, C. W. Trisef for sharing his personal writing journey with us on my blog today. His books, Oracle: Sunken Earth and Oracle: Fire Island, can be purchased from Amazon, and other on-line bookstores.
How long have you been writing, C. W.?I have been writing all my life, but I am a debut author. “Oracle – Sunken Earth” (book 1 in the series) is my first novel, released June 2011. “Oracle – Fire Island” (book 2) is my second, released March 2012. The 7-book series is about a teenage boy named Ret Cooper who cautiously undertakes the daunting task of “healing the world” with a spherical ball of curious design called the Oracle. The Oracle has six unique markings on it. Ret has the same six markings on the palms of his hands, which individually lead him to our planet’s most ancient secrets. These world mysteries guard Mother Nature’s six pure, original elements, which Ret must collect and place inside the Oracle. Ret’s knowledge grows and his powers increase with each element collected. The series is good, wholesome adventure, packed with humor, intrigue, science, and even a little innocent romance.
Where did you get your idea and inspiration to write the Oracle series?I have always been fascinated by our planet’s ancient secrets, so that was certainly the genesis for the series. The world mysteries in book 1 are the Bermuda Triangle, the Lost City of Atlantis, and the Bimini Road. The world mysteries in book 2 are the Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island. My website (www.trisefbook.com) explains each world mystery in greater detail. I like to think that the Oracle series is an impressive blend of fact and fiction, based on real places and substantiated theories. I believe that a great story not only entertains but also educates, thus the unique writing style.
An author after my own heart! What sets the Oracle series apart from other books in the same genre?The Oracle series was written to entertain and educate through wholesome literature. I have a passion for creative literature, especially fictional adventure. Every word is placed to educate, every theme to build social awareness, and every detail to promote creativity. The Oracle series is clean and wholesome, but also intriguing, adventurous, and fun. With an underlying goal to educate readers, it was necessary to put a little more effort into word placement and literary technique. Although the writing style may be referred to as uncustomary, it might also be described as refreshingly unique (at least that's my hope).
As an author, C. W., what is your writing process?Outline, brainstorm, research, outline some more, set aside hours to get into the writing groove, consult the outline, let go and just write, and then go back to the outline again. It is really important to me to know the end game before I start writing, and to adjust quickly, if needed. I think a great story weaves subtle nuance (hints) into the storyline, and the only way to do that is to know exactly where the adventure will be going. I would also love to see the Oracle series on the big screen, so the books are written with that hope in mind.
Hey, I’d go to those movies! I know you’re planning seven books for this series. How long did it take for you to start and finish your first two adventures, Oracle: Sunken Earth and Oracle: Fire Island?Writing book 1 was a much longer process than writing book 2, but that was mostly because (as I stated above) it is important to me to know the end game before I start writing, so I spent a great deal of time upfront lying out (outlining) the entire 7-book series before finishing book 1. Book 2 took less than one year, and book 3 will likely have the same result.
Sounds like you have a solid foundation for future success. Do you have any advice for other writers doing a series, C. W.?Yes, don’t get discouraged, keep going! It is a great feeling to see hard work in book form. Check out my website (www.trisefbook.com) and/or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if I can help in any way.
What’s next for C. W. Trisef the author?Book 3 in the Oracle series is already underway. I hope to release a book a year until all seven are done and the series is complete, so that should keep me busy until 2017 or so. The ending of the Oracle series is epic (very exciting), so getting to book 7 and the series completion will remain my primary focus for the foreseeable future. Beyond the Oracle series, I do have another project in mind (another series, probably shorter than 7 books), but that will have to wait.
Knowing that patience is a virtue, I’ll be waiting! Okay, here’s one for me, since I’m writing a time travel series—If you could time travel anywhere into Earth’s past, where would you go and why?Staying true to the Oracle series, I would love to go back in time and visit the world mysteries that I write about (like the Lost City of Atlantis, Machu Picchu, Easter Island) and discover what really happened to these places. Who knows, maybe these mysteries really are hiding Mother Nature’s six pure elements for Ret Cooper to collect and place in the Oracle … J