Global Talk Radio Interview with Scot R. Stone
On October 31st, 2005, Halloween, fantasy author Scot R. Stone had the pleasure of interviewing with host Kevin Dawson at
Global Talk Radio (www.globaltalkradio.com) about his latest novel, The Ice Shadows of Arna, Book 2 of The Snowtear Wars.
The interview lasted approximately ten minutes and can be downloaded and listened to at your convenience from Global Talk
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The following is a transcript of the interview that took place with Scot R. Stone:
Kevin Dawson: Welcome back to A Story to Tell here on Global Talk Radio. Our next guest is Scot R. Stone. Now, he's just released the second book in
The Snowtear Wars series, entitled The Ice Shadows of Arna, which continues the struggles and fight against evil over the precious and all-healing
snowtears. All of the main characters are returning from the first book with many added, hidden surprises. Let's find out more. Scot, welcome to the program.
Scot R. Stone: Hello, Kevin.
KD: What is a snowtear?
SRS: A snowtear, as you said, is this mystical, all-healing flower that cures all diseases and heals all wounds, and kingdoms go to war over it. It would
basically give any kingdom a huge advantage on the battlefield, if you can imagine, and so this is where this precious commodity comes into play.
KD: Where did you originally come up with the concept of The Snowtear Wars?
SRS: Actually it's kind of funny. It was from my wife's garden magazine. It was sitting on our counter at home, and I was trying to think of a central storyline,
or something that could be part of a central storyline, and I came across this flower called a snowdrop. I did my own twist on it. I made it this very mystical
healing object that these heroes and anti-heroes covet.
KD: Now, let's bring people a little bit into the storyline here. This is actually going to be a five-book series, The Snowtear Wars, is that correct?
SRS: That's right. Book Two, like you said, The Ice Shadows of Arna, just got released in August of this year. Book One came out last year. But there
will be a new edition of Book One rereleased in January, I believe, through Behler Publications, my publisher -- and they have a website, www.
behlerpublications.com. Book Three, The Hollows of Candlewick should be out sometime next spring or summer. Book Four, The Mirrors of Methalis
may also be out by the end of next or out early sometime in 2007. Book Five, the last book, I should be writing in 2006 and should have it completed by the
end of 2006.
KD: So if you'd be kind enough, tell us a little bit about your latest book and maybe bring us a little up to speed so we have some of the plot from the first
book, just so we have a foundation.
SRS: In Book One, The Chimes of Yawrana, you meet the main hero, Oreus Blake, and he comes to the mystical lands of Yawrana, on a ship with some
other crewmembers. They end up exploring this world with this new culture. They're astonished to find out is that they speak the same language. What they
don't know is that a Yawranan was sent to Oreus's homeland a long time ago and learned his language and customs because they foretold of a prophecy that
involved Oreus, that he was going to come to their lands one day and could be pivotal to helping their kingdom survive. And then along the way Oreus meets
some really good friends: Rydor Regoria, who is a guard who is assigned to him by the Yawranans to protect him, and also he befriends the prince of
Yawrana, Noran Yorokoh, and they go on this adventure together to find this mystical snowtear to help save one of their loved ones from dying. By the end
of the first book everyone thinks the snowtears have actually been destroyed, and for good reason. In the beginning of the second book you realize that that
isn't the case, that the snowtears still exist. And now we have some new problems that have surfaced in the Ice Shadows of Arna. Basically there's three
subplots in the book that intertwine around each other, and relate to each other, and come together in a final conclusion at the end of the book. There is a
black fever that is spreading throughout the territories of Yawrana that is killing people and no one knows what is causing it. However, they do know that the
snowtears could be the one thing that could help save them.
KD: All right. Have you ever thought about something like this being used for a movie or a series one day?
SRS: Actually The Chimes of Yawrana has already been optioned once as a movie.
KD: Oh, it has?
SRS: Yes, it has. I can't give any more details on that unfortunately, but there could be some good things on the horizon. There are several movie companies
that are eyeing it right now.
KD: Good for you. This sounds like something that could be developed into a movie.
SRS: Oh, absolutely. My agent firmly believes it's going to be the next Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings fantasy series. I hope she's right. We'll see
where it ends up. It definitely has the potential of The Lord of the Rings. As where the ring itself is central to the storyline and everyone is after it, the same
is with the snowtear wars, everyone is after it (the flower).
KD: Have you written any other books besides in this series?
SRS: I've actually written a Christmas novel called Stroke of Midnight Toys. My agent is currently shopping that around to publishers. Hopefully we'll
have an answer soon as to who might end up picking that up. Basically it's about two boys who find Santa Claus's magical toy sack, and what becomes of
that. And right now I am also writing another book that's outside of The Snowtear Wars, and that's a Halloween book. I don't want to give away the title of
it yet or what it's about because it's still in the process of being worked, but that should be done by the end of December.
KD: All right. You're a busy guy.
SRS: Yes, very busy.
KD: After this story is over do plan to do another fantasy epic series like this?
SRS: That's right, and it could be another three to five books long, maybe even more. I don't know. And it involves two wizarding communities who are
seeking a very Holy Grail-like object. I don't want to give away anything, but that's one of the next things I'm working on. I have some of the plot points
outlined for the first book, but there's a lot of development to be done there yet. I hate working on two major fantasy epic series at the same time. So I'm
trying to finish The Snowtear Wars up before I dive in head first into this new series.
KD: Well, that's something I was going to ask you. With all the other books going on, the Christmas book that you're shopping around, and the Halloween
book your finishing up,do you work on multiple books at the same time, or do you work on one book and then go onto the next?
SRS: I don't really work on two books at the same time. I like to work on one and then go onto the next. When I'm writing a major fantasy series like the
books in the snowtear wars, they're pretty big books. They average almost five hundred pages each. And that's a lot of work, especially for how
complicated each of the storylines in those books are. I like to take a break in between each of the books in the series, and do smaller books that are stand
alones. And kind of gives me a breather and a fresh outlook when I go back to the next book in the series.
KD: Can you give us a little insight as to what you're writing routine is like?
SRS: Well, basically, I write either early in the morning while my daughters are still sleeping or late at night, or in the afternoon when they're taking a nap.
Those are the times of day I usually write so I can focus without being interrupted. A lot of people ask me what I listen to when I write. I say usually classical
or jazz music. I like classical and jazz music a lot because it's like reading a book. Your mind fills in the pictures from what you read. For classical or jazz
music, it's what you hear. It's up to the interpretation of the listener.
KD: What else keeps you motivated to write?
SRS: Basically the desire to tell a story that's never been told. I think Stephen King once said there's nothing left to write, all the good ideas have been
invented, but I disagree with that wholly. I think there's so many more stories that can be invented and I think that an author's desire to try and find those
stories is a big challenge. But I think it's a rewarding challenge once you have that story in place and finished.
KD: You're website is at www.scotrstone.com. What can people find there?
SRS: Just so people know, my first name is spelled with one t. It's not with two t's. And there's a story behind that, too, and you can find that on my website.
It talks about all my books on the website. There's a short biography about me. You can find out more about my artist who does the covers for my books.
My agent. All kinds of things. Upcoming news. Monthly messages. I like to write in the Monthly Messages more about the characters in my books. I give
more background details on the minor characters in my books, and that gives people an even further in-depth look at my stories.
KD: Again, his latest book is, The Snowtear Wars, The Ice Shadows of Arna and that's book number two in the series. Our guest has been Scot Stone.
Scot, I want to thank you so much for being a part of our program today.
SRS: Thank you, Kevin. It was a pleasure.