Friday, November 15, 2013


Today I am excited to turn the blog over to fellow MuseItUp author Eric Price, and Owen, a character from Eric's upcoming debut novel, Unveiling the Wizards' Shroud.  Take it away, Eric!

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When I sat down to write a blog post for Mary, I intended to put together a mock newspaper story like I did for Katie Carroll, which her readers seemed to like a lot. But as often happens when I write, and I think other authors have this issue as well, something completely different appeared on my screen.

A few months ago, my publisher, Muse It Up Publishing, suggested a blog theme of having your main character interview you. This seemed like an interesting idea, but I never found time to do it. Well, it finally happened. Owen convinced me to meet, and he got some things off his chest. The interview didn’t go as well as I had hoped. He seems to have a chip on his shoulder about some of the stuff he got into during Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, and he blames me. As if I had anything to do with it! I just opened a window into his world and wrote what I saw. But how do you convince someone who’s never seen a computer something like that? I did manage to find someone a lot like myself at the same age. In that regard, I guess we were destined to bump heads a bit. Is this what I have to look forward to when my boys are teenagers?

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Here’s the interview as I received it from Owen. I thought about editing it to make myself look better, but decided against it.

Eric enters the room and his eyes instantly dart to the sword I left on the desk. He takes his hands out of his pockets and reaches for the sword. He must change his mind because he withdraws his arm and sits in an empty chair. He faces me with his back to the sword.

Owen: Thanks for meeting with me today, Eric.

Eric: You’re welcome, Owen.

Owen: What is this room?

Eric: It’s my office.

Owen: What do you do in your office?

Eric: I write.

Owen: Ah, yes, you write. That’s the reason I wanted to talk to you in the first place. Before you came along, I spent my days studying, practicing swordplay, and exploring the forest. You ruined everything. You made me team up with Cedric, you put my father’s life in danger, you almost got Yara killed.

Eric: Yara did not almost die.

Owen: Hard telling what could have happened in that cave, and you put her there.

Eric: I did no such thing. She got herself into the situation. She wasn’t even supposed to come with you, remember? Besides, I just tell people what happens in your world. I don’t alter the course of events.

Owen: How am I supposed to believe you? Everything was fine before you came along.

Eric: I just came into your life and started writing about events the day everything changed for you. Don’t you think it would have been kind of boring if I’d have just written about you studying, practicing swordplay, and exploring?

Owen: Are you calling my life boring?

Eric: No. I’m just saying readers want to see how characters handle situations different than their normal daily routine.

I slam my charred-looking hand on the table.

Owen: This hand is certainly different than my normal routine. Are you going to do anything to fix it?

Eric: I can’t do anything about it; I’ve already told you that. But I have looked ahead in your world. I think another event is going to happen. You may even get a solution to your hand problem.

Owen: When are you going to write this story?

Eric: I don’t know. I’ve got at least two works in front of it. Maybe three. Yara has been asking for her own book too.

Owen: Don’t you do anything to hurt Yara.

Eric: I’ve already told you, I don’t decide what happens. Besides, you’ve known Yara as long as anyone. She can take care of herself.

Owen: What have you seen of her story?

Eric: Not much. It looks like she’ll be leaving Wittatun for a while. She has to travel across the sea. I think she’s going to meet some mermaids and mermen.

Owen: Mermen?

Eric: Yes, mermen. Are you alright with that, or do I sense a tinge of jealousy? You don’t have a crush on her, do you?

Owen: For Yara? No. She’s like my sister. But I worry about her, and I’ve seen what kind of stories you like to write. Also, I’ve never heard of mermen. The seamen only tell stories of the beautiful mermaids they come across on their voyages.

Eric: Well, everyone leaves out some details of their stories. And as far as mermaids being beautiful… well, I’ve heard beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They’re a bit scaly for my taste.

Owen: Alright. So after Yara’s voyage and safe return…

Eric: I didn’t say she’d have a safe return.

Owen: After Yara’s voyage AND SAFE RETURN, do you think you’ll be able to solve this hand issue?

Eric: I don’t know for sure. I just saw a glimpse of it, and it looked different. It seemed to work better for you.

Owen: I better let you get back to your writing, so you can finish these books. I’d hate to spend the rest of my life like this.

I stand to leave and grab the sword from his desk. I scrape the point on purpose, leaving a scratch down the top of his cherry wood desk.

Owen: That’s for the hand.

Wow! Thanks Eric and Owen. That was quite an interview. I'm very curious now to see what happened to Owen's hand. If you're as curious as I am, head on over and pre-order your copy today!

As the only son to King Kendrick, Owen despises the idea of being king one day. Magician may be the only career he’d like less. He has dreaded the days leading up to his fifteenth birthday, when his father will certainly declare Owen heir to the throne. But at the birthday celebration, his father falls ill. The only person in the kingdom that may be able to save him is a magician–the very same magician Owen holds responsible for the death of his mother.

Owen and his companions will have to travel the continent of Wittatun in search of the cure for King Kendrick. On the journey, they will battle strange beasts and harsh climates, befriend extraordinary magicians, and meet a dragon before returning to Innes Castle–where much has happened in the days since he departed.

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Hmmm. Eric gave me a teaser from the story, and it makes me wonder if this is where Owen injured his hand. What do you think?

Owen halted in his tracks. Did the magician really just suggest they stroll into the perils and scorching heat of the accursed land? He shook his head in disgust.

“Did you say the Land of Fire?”

Cedric stopped and looked back at Owen, a casual expression gracing his face. “Yes.”

“So we have to cross Death Desert?”

“Indeed, we do.”

Owen could feel rage bubbling at his temples. His vision lost focus, and his voice sounded more like the grunt of a wild boar than a human. “You know I can’t get beyond the outer rim! If the heat doesn’t kill me, the animals will!”

“You can, and will, get through Death Desert,” Cedric’s mustache twitched as he attempted to smile through his mass of facial hair. “But we’ll have to use magic.”

Want to learn more about Eric and his characters? You can find him:

Twitter: @AuthorEricPrice
Facebook: Author Eric Price and Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud


  1. Ha ha! What a fun interview, Eric and Owen. I love how Owen specifies Yara's safe return. I like you already, Owen!

  2. Thanks for having me on, Mary. And Hi, Kai. I've known Owen for a couple years now. Life has given him a tough exterior, but he has a heart the size of a dragon.

    1. Anytime, Eric. Glad to have you and Owen here. Loved learning about him and his protective streak :-)

  3. That's a fun interview. Well done!
    Heather G - the Natasha Saga

  4. Great character interview, guys! Eric, your excerpts have got me intrigued...

    1. I agree. Great excerpts. I can't wait for next week!

    2. Thanks, Heather. I've done everything I can to make it interesting. Now I just have to wait for people to read it and, hopefully, tell their friends how much they enjoyed it.

  5. Interesting interview. Owen sounds like quite a character, and like he might have a little crush on Yara even though he denies it. Spooky cover too. Best of luck, Eric.

    1. He certainly is quite protective of Yara.

    2. Thank you, Beverly. I think Owen's feelings for Yara will need further exploration. Especially since they've never been apart for an extended period of time. I'll be interested to see how things play out.

  6. Nothing like it when your character turns on you! Nice interview!

    1. Thanks. I took a little from the interview of Mindy and George I had on my site.

  7. I've not ever done one of these, Eric. This was quite cool!

    1. Thanks, Marsha. I don't think it would have worked as well had the [sword marred] table been turned.

  8. I'm not sure I want to hear what my characters have to say to me. lol Great and creative interview, Eric.

    Happy Monday, Mary.

    1. Eric was very brave to come face to face with Owen and was just left with a scratch lol

  9. Mary great blog. You Muse It Up family members looks to be taking over the world one book at a time. :)

    Eric great post. You were very brave to face Owen. He is a head strong cheeky individual. Owen was coy over his feelings for Yara and is very transparent. *coughs* Denial.

    I must get lost in Owen's world soon :)

  10. Thanks, Krystal! Muse is a great family to be a part of. Totally love the 'brothers' and 'sisters' I've met there!

    And, yes, I want to get lost in Owen's world, too!


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