Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Lukas P. Threlfall, author of The Power of the Elements.
Hi Lukas, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 5 minutes with... is a short interview with our authors so their audience can get to know them a little better and for aspiring writers to learn more about the writing process.
So, what have you written up to now?
At the time of writing I have written one novel that is now published (The Power of the Elements), as well as an unpublished sequel (more on that later). Along with that I have written a couple of fan fictions and a few short horror stories, these are just for fun and the latter are practice to become better at writing that genre, so I properly won’t ever publish them. I’ve also written a few scripts for comedy sketches and short films I’ve made for YouTube in my own spare time.
What made you want to start writing, not just reading?
Whenever I used to watch TV shows such as Doctor Who, I always thought of making up my own adventures for the characters. I had also really enjoyed creative writing in school, so I thought “why not write my own fan fiction?” After I did that, I had the idea to make up stories using my own characters and worlds.
What is your favourite book and why?
I actually really like The Hobbit. The quest, the sense of adventure and the interactions between the main group of characters, I loved all of it. Plus who doesn’t enjoy a giant fire breathing dragon attacking a town?
Why did you choose to self-publish?
This was my first ever attempt to publish something, but I fully understood how hard it could be to actually get my book out there. Self-publishing is the best option, if your book isn’t 100% due to grammar, spelling or something in the story, they won’t just turn you away, instead they will give you advice and help you improve your story, which as a first time writer is a great thing.
How long did it take you to write The Power of the Elements?
About seven months.
Who is your favourite character in the book? Why?
Isaac Starky. He and Robert were the first two characters I came up with, so he was there since the beginning. Spoilers for the book follow: I really liked writing him as an outcast who becomes accepted into the main group, then as a villain. End spoilers. I feel that out of all the characters, he gets the most range and does the coolest things, plus I loved writing his dialogue. He also happens to control my favourite element.
Will there be a sequel?
Yes there will be! The sequel is called The Hunter of the Elements. Without giving too much away, its set about a year after the first book and answers a lot of questions about the Elemental’s abilities that were teased in the first book. Plus the titular villain is awesome and is a lot of fun to write.
What are you working on now?
A couple of things. I’m planning a third Element story as well as another sci-fi book focused around supernatural creatures.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Thank you for your time Lukas and good luck with The Power of the Elements.