Q & A with TJ Klune

Please welcome TJ Klune to the blog today! He answers some burning questions about his books, including his newest release set to drop November 20, The Consumption of Magic.

Q. Did you find it difficult striking a balance between the humorous and serious plotlines?

A. It really depends on the book. The Tales from Verania series will always first and foremost be comedies, but I knew going into these new books that they would have more of an emotional weight to them. The stakes are bigger, and while I do want readers to laugh, there are actual consequences to the actions of the characters going forward. The Consumption of Magic will illustrate that last point specifically.

Q. At any point in the series did you ever come to a point where you wished you’d taken a different direction with a character arc?

A. Nope. When I sat down and planned the Destiny FUCK YEAH! trilogy after Lightning, I knew exactly where I was going to go with a majority of the characters. It was more of a broad outline with that had bullet points that I wanted to hit to get to an end result, but the character arcs for all major characters were planned from the beginning.

Q. If you could bring one character to life from the series who would it be and why?

A. Tiggy, because he is the most precious thing in the world and must be protected at all costs.

Q. A Destiny of Dragons and The Consumption of Magic have a darker thread, will that lighten in A Wish Upon The Stars?

A. A Destiny of Dragons and The Consumption of Magic are two halves of the same book. They tell the same type of story. The last book, A Wish Upon the Stars, is something else entirely. While it still carries the same heft of the previous two books, I made a concerted effort to imbue it with a sense of hope. The theme for the last book actually comes from a rather strange place: the song “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from the 1950 movie Cinderella, specifically the verse:

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you’re fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep

Q. Will Sam get his revenge on Lady Tina? (Maybe eaten by a dragon or set on fire? That’s just a personal hope, not really a question.)

A. Sam will get….something, that’s for damn sure.

Q. In your Facebook group you explained how the color green plays so prominently throughout your work. Would you mind sharing that with our readers?

A. My father’s favorite color was green. I include it in some of my books as a way to honor his memory.

Q. You’ve mentioned writing Justin’s POV in a future Verania story – can you give us some hints about what might be to come in the series after Sam’s adventures are done? Could more Tales from Verania happen?

A. I don’t want to say too much about the future of Verania since we’ve still got two books to go for Sam, but I do have plans for Justin after the Destiny books are done. I want to get back to the irreverence of the first book for him, which is why in The Consumption of Magic and A Wish Upon the Stars, I delve more into who Justin is and the leader he’ll become.

At this point, I haven’t really given much thought of any other books beyond that. Verania is a big place, so who knows?

Q. Have you ever cried while writing a scene?

A. Yes, but not in the new Verania books. I knew exactly what was going to happen long before I wrote it, so I was able to emotionally prepare myself.

Q. Over what period of time does the series cover? The reason being that whilst there has been maturation of the characters over the 3 books, there has been no indication of aging marked by birthdays or annual festivals.

A. Lightning covers a few months. In Destiny, it’s mentioned how it’s a year later. Destiny covers approximately a couple of months. Consumption covers a little bit longer than that. The last book….well. We’ll just have to see, won’t we?

In terms of birthdays and such, the books are already bursting at the seams with every other detail of the story I’m trying to tell, and adding anything more would probably make them too long. We’ll assume they all have birthday parties where Gary gets sloppy drunk and probably ends up crying for whatever reason.

Q. Given that these are big books, this series seems to be coming together quickly, do you find this set of themes particularly easy?

A. I did, but I really think it’s because I wrote these three books back to back to back. I’ve never undertaken anything like this before, writing books in a series in such a quick succession, and I think that made the overall arc in the books easier for me to write. It also gave me greater insights to the characters. Adversely, I will say that writing almost five hundred thousand words in the same series over the course of a year without much of a break is…trying. There were days I hate the very idea of Verania, and wished I’d never started. But they were far and few between, and for the most part, I had a great experience writing these books all in a row.

The big reason I did write them all together was knowing in advance that Destiny and Consumption would end on exponentially larger cliffhangers, and I didn’t want readers to have to wait a year or two between books. So while people will most likely be howling for my head on a platter by the time they finish Consumption, I ask that they wait in forming a mob until the last book comes out in March of 2018. And if they still feel like coming after me then, I would remind them that when I was nine, I did four weeks of karate at the YMCA, and am pretty much a ninja. I would have done more than just four weeks, but I broke my finger, and wanted to play video games instead.

Thanks for having me!
TJ Klune

Title: The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania #3)
Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 20th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Fantasy
Page Count: 450 pages

Blurb:A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.

It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.

Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.

With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.

A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.


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Author Bio

When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder. But that’s okay, because he’s recently become a full-time writer, and can give them the time they deserve.

Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.

And one of those things isn’t true.

(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)

Tj can be reached at tjklunebooks@yahoo.com


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