Ask the Author: Eric Price

Lately, I’ve been doing this thing where, as I read a book, I jot down a few questions and comments that wander through my mind. Then, if I’m feeling brave, I send my thoughts to the author. Fortunately, I’ve had great responses so far. This might actually be turning into a blog post series. To check out the first such post, with Romance author Helena Fairfax, click here. Today, I ask Eric Price about his excellent YA Fantasy Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud. Here we go!

Heather Brainerd: Wittatun is a cool name. How did you come up with it?

Eric Price: I like for all my names to have a significant meaning. I have a character name book that I keep at easy access. I took Wittatun from it. It’s an old English name meaning “From the Wise Man’s Estate.” I just came across it by chance, but it seemed like a good name for a noble kingdom.

HB: That’s so cool. I just make stuff up. Your book had some Narnia-esque moments. Is that series among your influences?

EP: My third grade teacher read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to my class. It’s the first time I can remember discovering how magical a book can be. I love The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but I have a confession to make, it’s the only book in the series I’ve read. I do have the whole series, and it’s on my to read in 2014 list, but it was also on my 2013, 2012, 2011, … I’m really going to try this year.

HB: You can do it, Eric! I just love a good quest. What’s your favorite quest book or series?

EP: Of course I love the classics: The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, but my amazing content editor for Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud has a fantastic quest book herself: Elixir Bound. I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel. I’m also a recovering video game addict, and I used to love playing The Legend of Zelda and the early Final Fantasy games. I would probably like the newer games as well, but I can’t find out, not even once. You’d likely never see another book written by me if I did.

HB: I’m glad your recovery is going well. Those video games can be quite addicting, or so I’m told. My taste in games is more old school. I think you’d make a totally awesome D&D Dungeon Master. If you’re ever in Rochester, will you run a game for us?

EP: Okay, time for another confession, I’ve never played D&D, but after doing a quick online search to see what a Dungeon Master does, I’d give it a try. Especially if I could bend some rules, ignore others, and make up a few house rules. After all, I’ve never even played a game of Monopoly sticking strictly to the rules sent in the box.

HB: That’s exactly how my boys and I play Dungeons & Dragons, so you’ll fit right in!

EP: Thanks, Heather, for reading Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud, and for caring about it enough to ask me some questions.

HB: You’re very welcome, Eric. Thanks for being such a good sport!

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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 they departed.

Unveiling The Wizards’ Shroud is available from MuseItUp Publishing, AmazonBarnes &  Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Eric Price

You can find Eric on his website, Facebook, and on Twitter.

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18 Responses to Ask the Author: Eric Price

  1. Mary Waibel says:

    Great questions and answers!

    Eric- my 3rd grade teacher read THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE to us, too- and then we read the rest of the series for reading from 4th- 6th grade. Totally loved those books, and I’m sure you will, too.

    ELIXIR BOUND is a great read, and I can’t wait for ELIXIR SAVED, either. (hint, hint, Katie 🙂 )

    Heather- we love D&D in my family, and it sounds like we play with similar rules to yours. Maybe we;ll get a chance to play together sometime!!

  2. What a great interview! I loved your questions, Heather. Eric, you won’t regret reading the rest of the Narnia books. I loved The Silver Chair especially. Good luck with Wizard’s Shroud

    • HFBrainerd says:

      Thanks, Helena. Yes, the Narnia books are wonderful!

    • Eric Price says:

      Thanks, Helena. We live in a really old house with really deep cabinets–one you literally have to crawl into to get something from the back. When people ask to borrow something, I like to tell them where to find it, then I say, ” If you get to Narnia, you went too far.” It’s kind of a lame joke, but it keeps me entertained… especially when the person has no idea what I’m talking about.

  3. Heather G says:

    I finished reading Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud a few weeks ago and loved it. The best part about getting to know authors is discovering new genres. I hadn’t read YA or fantasy until I became a part of Muse. My inner child is coming out : ) I’m looking forward to having you on my blog, Eric Great post and great idea Heather FB
    Heather G – Natasha Saga

  4. Jeff Chapman says:

    Cool interview, Heather. I like your idea for a series of interview/conversations.

  5. Enjoyable interview, Eric and Heather! I actually knew everything you were talking about like D&D, Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, etc. because of my sons. Eric, love how you got Wittatun’s name.

    Best wishes, Eric!

    • HFBrainerd says:

      Thanks, Susan! My boys have introduced me to lots of things, too. The latest is World of Warcraft. 🙂

      • Eric Price says:

        Ah, yes, World of Warcraft. I’m familiar with it, but it falls into the ‘must avoid’ category.

        Thanks again for reading my book and conducting this interview.

    • Eric Price says:

      Thanks, Susan. So far I’ve taught my two boys more about pop culture than they’ve taught me–though it’s mostly been stuff from the 80s or earler. I’m not sure if I’m ready for the table to turn yet.

  6. J.Q. Rose says:

    Great interview questions. I’m glad you acted on actually asking the author the questions. I too wonder after I finished reading a book about characters, story, etc and wish I could just call the author and pick her brain about it. Sorry I haven’t played those games. Just getting into Candy Crush! LOL. And my grandsons are addicted to Minecraft. Best wishes.

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