The Emaneska Series is an epic fantasy trilogy set in a dark, medieval, and wintry world called Emaneska. The books follow the troubled path of a mage called Farden, who finds himself at the centre of a vicious plot to bring the world to its knees. As the Series progresses, the plot grows deeper, darker, and more personal, until Farden is forced to fight not only his own demons, but those that threaten to tear Emaneska apart as well. It’s a wild mix of mystery, action, emotion, myth, and war.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a pencil, and I’ve always been writing fantasy. My parents introduced me to mythology and Tolkien at a very young age, and I developed a voracious diet for it. It was a natural progression to go from inhaling stories to dreaming up my own. I simply couldn’t help it.
How often do you write? And when do you write?
I try and scribble a little something every day, usually when I am alone, and it’s quiet, and I can block out the world and focus.
How do you feel about self-publishing?
Very strongly. I truly love it. It enabled me and countless others to publish my books, my stories, and without it, they would be languishing in a drawer or on a hard-drive, reader-less and pointless. Self-publishing has given me a global fanbase, an income, and allowed me to achieve my childhood dream of being an author.
Why did you self-publish?
Because for the first time in history, it’s a viable option. Gone are the days of Vanity Publishing, and now we live in a time where, thanks to eBooks and Print On Demand, and eRetailers, we can publish with ease and sell to the world. For me it was a financially viable choice, one that meant I could keep my rights, a greater portion of my royalties, and control.
Why do you write?
Because I can’t not, if that makes sense. I feel odd if the stories just keep building up inside me. They need to come out, even if it’s just on to a scrap of note paper.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
I have, but there have been days when I hate it. Every author has them, I think. The days where nothing comes, and if it does, it’s utter tripe. Those are the days when you remember that writing is an art, and that art can be difficult.
What motivates you to write?
Knowing that I can publish it at the end of it, and also the challenge of getting to the end. I also get excited by what I’m writing. My characters too, and getting to jump into the world I’ve created. In short - many things.
What writing are you most proud of?
My final book. Dead Stars - Part Two. It’s the end of my Emaneska Series, and as far as I’m concerned, a very fitting end indeed. I think it’s the pinnacle of my career so far. You can find it at www.bengalley.com, on the Books page.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Aside from my books, I would say my skills as a bass guitarist. I studied for two years at a music college. I do love to sneak a few hours of practice in between the writing.
What books did you love growing up?
There were too many to name, but the ones that stand out for me are Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit, The Iliad and the Odyssey, everything by the Brothers Grimm, and the entire Redwall Series.
Who is your favorite author?
That’s a tough one. It would have to be Neil Gaiman, or JRR Tolkien.
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Genre - Epic Fantasy
Rating – PG-13