Book Savvy Spotlight on Paul Purday

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Our Guest is Paul Purday*
Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a professional watercolour artist who has, due to various reasons retired from exhibiting my work, but will still paint commissions if asked. I painted the picture for the cover design of my book and the fact that I wrote the great proportion of it while sitting in shopping centres manning my exhibitions, meant that my art provided the opportunity for its execution.
Q2. What gave you the impetus to write a book?
I have written poetry most of my life and had some published as well as winning a poetry competition. Writing a book is always something I have considered but never found the right time. I read the 'Dark Secrets' and liked the style. This gave me the impetus to write, particularly as I had hours on my hands while I manned my exhibitions of watercolour paintings.
Q3. Where did you get the inspiration to write this fantasy fiction story?
Straight out of my head with no direct reference or influence from any other book. Which means my head is filled with fantasy! Ask my wife!  Actually I am more planted than that, as I really wanted to convey an underlying message.

Q4. What is your underlying reason for writing this book?
The underlying reason differs slightly from the underlying message though the two are linked. My reason was firstly to satisfy myself that I could write a book, the process of which gathered a momentum that I found exciting and fulfilling and secondly I wanted to portray a message that would affect those that read it.

Q5. What method of writing did you employ?
No particular method apart from liking to make sentences sound poetic. I also did not have a plan for the book but let the plot unravel as I wrote.
Q6. Why did you use fiction?
Because you have more freedom of expression.
Q7. Why did you opt for fantasy?
Because it provides even more freedom of expression within the fiction genre as well as providing a useful means of getting across an underlying message.
Q8. Why did you use a parallel world?
Mainly because you can create connections with the world we know so well, yet then show moral choices don't change whatever dimension we are in.
Q9. Do any of the characters have an alter ego?
Most of them have. From a Christian perspective there are parallels to bible characters, particularly demonstrating the power of love and forgiveness against the power of evil.
Q10. What is the main emphasis of the book?
I decided I wanted to write a fantasy book that did not include, as most do, scenes of battle and bloodshed. I know this is unusual, but I wanted to demonstrate that love and forgiveness are actually more powerful than violence.
Q11. Why non-violence?
The book hints at non-violent resistance, but is not overtly trying to champion for instance, Ghandi's approach. It emphasises more the power of forgiveness which is in itself non-violent. This was admirably demonstrated in Jesus Christ.
Q12. Do you regard it as a Christian novel?
Yes and no. Yes, because the emphasis is overtly Christian, and no, because I never intended it to be a book just read by Christians.
Non-Christians should also pick up on the other means of overcoming obstacles apart from force and bloodshed.
Q13. Has the book relevance for today?
Most definitely. Just witness the power of violent struggle going on in many parts of the world today and recognise its futility. People need to know that the greatest and most powerful force in the world is love and forgiveness.
Q14. What is the underlying message in the story?
That those who are truly committed to goodness can influence those around them through their moral character rather than through force. I also wanted to demonstrate that there is restitution for those who are truly sorry for their past misdemeanours.
Q15. If you could see your book on the big screen which film director would you like to direct the movie and which actors would you like to see play the lead character(s)?
Producer: Peter Jackson   Characters: 'Peter' - Colin Morgan. 'Grace' - Kate Austen. 'Rivenoke' - Bradley James. 'Rivenall' - Katie McGrath.
Q16. Which popular fantasy fiction story would be comparable to your novel and why e.g. the Harry Potter series or the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe etc?
Certainly there would be similarities to the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; a passing similarity to the Lord of the Rings but perhaps more so to the Dark Materials books (Philip Pullman). (Please note it was the Dark Materials I meant, not the Dark Secrets as mentioned in an earlier answer).
Q17. Are you concerned about the effect of e-publishing on traditional books?
I am concerned because there is nothing like the feel of a good book. However, we must embrace change and technological change is racing along. The benefits are the ability to carry around hundreds of books on your Kindle or iPad. I might like horses for transportation but cars are better.
Q18. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Start writing and don't give up. Once the process grabs you, hopefully you won't be able to stop. Don't think, "how am I going to write 300 pages?" Just write a page at a time. However, I think that you need some sort of message to communicate and that must be the first consideration particularly if it's fantasy.
Q19. What kinds of feed-back have you received from your readers?
Nearly all very positive - many clamouring for my next book.
Q20. Are there more book(s) in the pipeline, if yes can you tell us a little about it?
I continued writing since completing 'The Two Lands.' I am two thirds of the way through a second book but I have yet to complete it owing to illness affecting my wife and myself. This second book is called 'The Island' and follows on some years later historically from 'The Two Lands' and with some of the characters. Once again the island is another dimension and involves a ruling subjugating order over against the islands indigenous people.
Thank you for your time. We wish you every success in your writing career.
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*Paul Purday was born in Bexley in 1944. He came from an artistic background and has been a full-time professional artist since 1987 though he is now retired and only pursues his watercolour painting when a commission is required. Paul created the cover illustration for his book and has been engaged on and off with writing the sequel to "The Two Lands".

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