First, a bit about Brae:
Brae Wyckoff, an award winning author, was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Jill, for over 20 years, and they have three children. He has a beautiful grandson named Avery. Brae has been an avid RPG gamer since 1985. His passion for mysterious realms and the supernatural inspired him to write The Orb of Truth, the first in a series of fantasy action adventures.
Why did you pick to write books for YA?
I love to write what I call Destiny Books, an epic fantasy genre that is really a draw for the youth. Why? The youth or young at heart want adventure; they want purpose; they want a heroic lifestyle for themselves. By pulling the reader into a fantasy world, I take them on an amazing adventure.
What types of books do you like to read?
I love to read epic fantasy books. My favorite author is RA Salvatore. He writes Dungeons and Dragons novels for Forgotten Realms. I have read other genres and enjoy a good story in any environment, but my love is always fantasy.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
I love to travel with my wife. We have gone to Mexico, Ireland, Tahiti, Hawaii, Philippines, and our next adventure will be to Austria and Italy.
Tell us about The Orb of Truth and how the story came to be.
I worked on The Orb for over 20 years until finally it all magically came together. It is an epic fantasy adventure where there are dwarves, elves, and halflings. You will be whisked away into the amazing world of Ruauck-El and take part in an adventure of prophecy and destiny. It is book one of The Horn King series.
Here's a peek at The Orb of Truth:
Bridazak, a skilled thief, and his friends, a Dwarf and a fellow Ordakian, have dared to remain within the human communities and live relatively quiet lives, until they discover a mysterious, magical artifact. The three friends are thrust into an adventure that will challenge their faith, their purpose, and their destiny as they chase a forgotten and lost prophecy across the realm of Ruauck-El, where they hope to discover the origins of the strange item and their place in its history.
An ancient, unknown enemy threatens the completion of their journey at every turn. Bridazak is about to face the biggest adventure of his life, one that may change the known realm and answer the questions he has carried all his life. Will they unlock the truth?
Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.
The Dragon God (sequel to The Orb of Truth) has been voted 'Best New Epic Fantasy' and rated Top Fantasy Book. I really enjoyed writing the sequel because we get to go back to Ruauck-El and visit our friends from The Orb. It is a new adventure that takes off right where we left off in the first book.
Here a peek at The Dragon God:
Raina has discovered a new threat to the realm, and teleported King El'Korr - against his wishes - to the West Horn King's capital city, Tuskabar, in hopes of thwarting an evil Mystic's plan to acquire the five dragon stones. Each relic harbors an ancient dragon spirit, and, if combined, would unleash a multi-headed deity beyond imagination, to begin a reign of terror upon Ruauck-El.
Meanwhile, Bridazak and friends are in search of Spilfer Teehle's missing family. Their quest leads them to visit old enemies, travel through beautiful but deadly locations, and will ultimately take them
on an adventure of new discoveries of themselves. Each group is on their own mission, but as destiny would have it, their fates are more entwined than they could possibly know.
What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?
Oh yes. The 3rd of the series is almost complete. It is called The Vampire King. What we thought to be a throw-away character in the first book, a young boy named Jack, is the center of attention is this epic tale. We still have all the favorite characters back, and it is an all-out-wonderful adventure riddled with intrigue and suspense. I can’t wait to get it edited and published. It should be out late 2014 or early 2015.
What advice do you have for other authors?
Write what you know and then make up the rest. Be serious about your craft and understand that this is a business, and there are ugly sides to it, but don’t be afraid to chase after your dream. Be professional in all you do. Don’t skimp on editing costs or cover art costs. Invest in your work and yourself. Get your work critiqued if at all possible before you release it or even before you have it edited. That way you can make changes and make it as best as possible before the editor takes it.
Anything else you want readers to know?
The Orb of Truth won Best Christian Fantasy Award for 2013 and has been voted #1 in several categories, including Best Indie Fantasy Book, Epic Fantasy Worth Your Time, and Fantasy Book That Should Be Required Reading.
I’m also a radio show host for Broadcast Muse where I interview amazing people from around the world. I have interviewed Academy Award Winners, American Idol Contestants, authors such as William P. Young of The Shack, and others. All the shows are recorded. and you can find them on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/braewyckoff.
Where can readers find you and your books?
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