[Author Interview] The House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis by Ren Garcia

They thought the episode with their cousin to the east, Lady Bloodstein, was over. They thought it was something to laugh about at the grand table in fond nostalgia.

But they were wrong. They were so wrong.
And Castle Blanchefort has fallen!

Lord Kabyl has lost everything: his wife, his kin, his family fortune, and his home. Castle Blanchefort, once a safe haven, is overrun with enemies seeking his blood.

In what follows, he must join forces with ancient enemies and with people who do not exist. He must treat with sinister, possibly untrustworthy gods and barter away his soul for urgently needed arcane help or face certain death at the hands of forgotten tyrants and their machinations from a bygone age.

And, how can a strange science known as Mentralysis, practiced in secret in the hidden places of the League, hold the key to ultimate victory?

What should have been obvious to Lord Kabyl from the start at last becomes crystal clear: Foolish is he who dares possess the Ultimate Object, for misery shall be his only reward.


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Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative “League of Elder” book series is published by Loconeal Publishing

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1.     Name / Pen name & little about yourself:
  I’m Ren Garcia. I’ve gone by several pen names in the past: Will Dana was one, Frederick Blackburn was another. My mother, though, took offense and requested I stick with my born name. I suppose when your mother comes calling, you’ve got to respond.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
You know, I’m not really sure. I’ve always had stories rolling around in my head. It wasn’t until college that I actually started writing them down. The first ones were awful—just awful. It took some time for you writing skills to catch up with my crazy ideas.
3. What genre are your books? and what made you write in that genre?
 I have a massive imagination. Science fiction/fantasy best suits my thoughts, as you get the most leeway in that genre.
4 When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My first book was technically a teleplay for Star Trek: the Next Generation. I was the early `90’s. I was in my early twenties, I think when I wrote that one. The first novel I wrote was the first league of elder book, Sygillis of Metatron, which I wrote in 2008.
5. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
 Oh Lord—No idea. They just come to me. When I tell my wife these things I’ve dreamed up, she just shakes her head and wonders what’s the matter with me.
6. How long does it typically take you to write a book?
 Depends. I wrote Sygillis of Metatron in just a few months. On the other hand, it took me 4 years to write The Shadow tech Goddess.. Just depends on how busy I am and how many times I change my mind on the plot—which happens a lot.
7. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
  I’ve written 15 books in total. My favorite is usually the one I just finished. I love The House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis. I hold nothing back in that one …. Hahahahaha.,
8. Do you ever suffer from writers block? How do you overcome it?
 I never get writer’s block. I do hesitate a bit if I feel I’m covering old ground. I like to keep things fresh, and sometimes that gets hard to do. In Book 12: Kat—I felt I was rehashing the same plot as in Book 1. That forced me to stop and reconsider the story many times, until I hit upon new material to cover. That process took a few years.
9. Have you done any collaborations with other writers?
 I haven’t. I have consider working with the Shadow over Shandahar series—but I’m too out there sometimes for a good collaboration.
10. What do you think of reviews?
I think they’re just fine. I get all sorts of reviews, some great, some terrible. I was referred to as a “Potted Plant” once—top marks for that put down.


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