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Edgar Aleksandrovic Author Interview

The Flying Fool is a thrilling fantasy adventure story following a ragtag group on an epic adventure in a highly imaginative world. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Well when I first started writing “The Flying Fool” I wanted to write more of a pirate story. But when I wrote out the character of David, he didn’t seem like someone who would be a captain or in that type of role. I played around with the idea of him just being a crew member on a ship or a second mate, but as I kept writing and establishing more of the wider world in the book that changed aswell. I’m planning on making this a series, hopefully atleast, and I’ve seen this book as a prequel to the main story. It introduces the world just enough for readers to get hooked on, as well as recurring characters that will feature in later books and the main villain of the whole series as well. That’s how my whole thinking process went and how I settled on the setup

Your characters were intriguing and something I enjoyed about this novel. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Thank you very much! For David, the main character, I’ve tried to make him a scoundrel, a lovable scamp. A Han Solo, if you will. I wanted the readers to keep guessing whether he would have a gold heart or whether he was rotten to the core. I concentrated on his psychology and outlook as a way to get readers, maybe not fully support or get behind him, but for them to understand him.

A second character I would like to mention would be Francesca. I wanted both her and David to have similar backstories, where something tragic happen, but for her to have a completely different outlook. I wanted to show her as a positive person who likes to see the best in people. Maybe even naïve, to a fault. As a counterpoint to David’s more pragmatic, or even pessimistic, view of life.

Other characters we get to know mostly on a surface level, as most of the book is seen through David’s perspective. For most of the story he only sees his own security and safety as paramount, inline with that he only trusts himself. To portray that I only gave the readers information that David would have, on certain characters as he would see getting close to other characters as a liability.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I wanted to show how previous experiences and childhood can shape a person. How similar experiences can birth different outlooks, and finally to show the importance of bonds and what lack of any can do to a person when he’s going through hardship.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m actually working on a few projects currently! Whether all off them will see the light remains debatable and progress isn’t the fastest as I have a day job aswell but I’m slowly working at all of them!

  1. The Flying Magician- Sequel to the flying fool. It will have a new main character and I want to make it more of a mystery and detective novel.
  2. Vampire of Sin- A modern fantasy book, where fantasy creatures live along side humans. The story will follow a new vampire as he builds a crime empire.
  3. Untitled space opera/sci fi fantasy- This one doesn’t have a name but it will follow a space bounty hunter as he joins a team to break someone out of prison. Something similar to ocean’s 11 but in space.
  4. An untitled book- No title currently either. This one will be more historical, very loosely, and is based during the 1910’s before WW1. It will follow a british noble as he travels around the world with his friend and gets into various whimsy adventures. I’m wanting to make the main character of this one more active, as in he will create the plot through his actions/words, rather then the plot happening to the character and him just reacting to it.

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Thousand years has passed since the land of Astaria arose. In a thousand years humans can become gods, gods can become legends, legends can become fairy tales.

Now it is time for gods to walk among mortals. Legends to awaken. Fairy tales to become reality.

Join David as he begins his journey with the gods.

Expect nothing and everything

The Flying Fool

The Flying Fool by [Edgar Aleksandrovic]

The Flying Fool by Edgar Aleksandrovic is an adventure story in a time when magic is commonplace, people can transcend their earthly bodies, and the world is controlled by a ruthless empire and its soldiers. The story is told from the point of view of David, a scarred man with a dark past who is now a pirate flying sky ships. His story starts when his ship crashes. Although he should not survive the crash, he does, saved by Jester from the ether-world who requires that David set out to find an unspecified item, a kind of holy grail.

David is rescued from the crash and begins travelling with a group of rebels who are fighting against the imperial army. Apart from the old man Toothless Stevie, they are a ragtag group of children led by the gruff soldier, Gob, and blind, noble Francesca.

This highly imaginative fantasy story mainly focuses on the group’s perilous journey between the isles, hiding from the imperial soldiers, living on berries and trying to survive. This epic adventure is filled with colorful characters that beg to be explored further. They were all interesting and I wanted to get to know them better. The plot is quick and the chaotic nature of the story will keep readers hanging onto every word as they try to peace together what is happening.

There are moments of really excellent writing, like the description of the interminable passage of time while David is lost in his own head: “Time passed … 100 ticks, 500 tocks, more than a thousand tick tocks”. My favorite phrase is in the characterization of Gob: “Not much else to do but follow the man with the plan, and the knife, and the murderous intent.” This creates a very intriguing way to tell a story, that I really looked forward to. One more round of edits, to catch misspelled words here and there, will really elevate this novel. The story and characters are otherwise engaging and fun to follow. It is clear that in author Edgar Aleksandrovic’s imagination, David inhabits a hugely complex and fascinating world.

The Flying Fool gives readers an intricately imagined world and chaotic atmosphere that delivers a fast paced and thrilling epic adventure novel.

Pages: 146 | ASIN: B08KYF3SGS

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