The Ragnarök Chronicles: 2016
Beyond the scope of Earthly perception, ancient forces have been waiting, prowling out in the further reaches of the multiverse. Now however the time has come for plans put in place from the dawn of human history to be set in motion. Philip Quint has always been different, able to do and know things beyond immediate explanation, all the while unquestioning of these abilities. For the present, all he has to concern himself with are the upcoming summer holidays, that and the disappearance of his best friend, plus the mysterious individuals approaching him in the hope of gaining his allegiance. On the one hand, there’s Lord Gryal Repa, seemingly the embodiment of Death, along with his Council of the Brethren, who originally made this boy so extraordinary, made him a Mancynn. On the other, there’s the man dressed all in black, renegade former-devotee of the Brethren Lords who promises to reveal Gryal’s true intentions. Then in turn, in this grander conflict spanning dimensions, who can say that there aren’t other foes operating even deeper within the shadows? As Philip and his friends are thus swept up in a mission taking them across and beyond this world, uncovering conspiracies and secrets hidden at every turn, with even Time itself differing from belief, the latest in a line of Mancynns must soon decide if he should fight back against what he’s told is his destiny, if he can at all…
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
I used to (with a physical book rather than e-reader), but since last summer I’ve had a lot less time for that sort of thing unfortunately. When I do then get a chance to read it’s when I’m home anyway. (Unless you’ll allow taking a book with me in my mind…)
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I mean to be included at all in that way would be fun regardless. See when it comes to acting it’s always more fun to play the ‘bad one’, yet in this scenario it’s not like I would be portraying the character myself, and I’m not sure that ‘Dominic Hodgson’ comes across as a very villainous name (unless someone’s about to tell me otherwise), so on that front it might be better for them to put me as the ‘good one’.
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
Well per the first question (and the more general wider circumstances) nowadays at home, but to be more specific than that either in the living room or on my bed.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
I could repeat the same answer as above, but also there’s a lot more pacing around the wider house thinking. Before this summer though, since I feel I should at least give something more of an answer than that, I was also working as a tutor for Maths and Science, so you would have found me working at that exam centre.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
When I’m out and about it’s most often such the case that I’m needing to expressly get to my destination, so there isn’t the time (or indeed always money) to go inside anyway, but in turn they will usually catch my eye more than other types of store nevertheless, and have been a definite early port of call when trying to find someone a gift.
6. What are you most proud of?
Weirdly I don’t know if pride is the right word for what I feel regarding my books, although I’m obviously very happy with how they’ve turned out, rather instead that particular emotion would more aptly be exemplified by the times where I go off on a side project, these often being story that I’d want to tell inside of a pre-existing franchise (e.g.: Doctor Who, Mario). It might have to do with the fact that I think of the books as the whole extended series rather than the individual instalments, hence the process is not yet complete to be ‘proud’ about it, whereas those side projects, unless I’m suddenly about to be hired by the people who make those franchises, are all tied up with a bow, hence I can have that distance to appreciate the task well done after the fact.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Dear Lord let there not have somehow ended up being some mistake that’s miraculously occurred in the printing process. There’s not, at least on a quick flick through? Phew.
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Find the balance between listening to people’s advice on how to make your story the best it can be while at the same time not having that result in said story becoming something else just to meet the expectations of how a story should be; stay as true as you can to the story as it exists to you. Also make sure you have a good understanding of the main aspects of the publishing world before just diving straight in to trying to get your work out there.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Maybe Neil Gaiman, in terms of would like to; of the authors that I like I think he’s done the greatest variety that I’ve enjoyed, including things which were adapted into other mediums that I didn’t even realise were his until after the fact, plus from what images I’ve seen of how he’s interacted with other people online it would appear that he’d be very pleasant to talk with.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
When: I think on average I’m most productive in the afternoon, but I’ll be at least thinking about it and making notes around the clock. Where: my living room sofa, either actually sat on it or standing behind with the laptop balanced on top.
Thank you, Dominic Hodgson and Love Books Group
About the author
For as long as I can remember I’ve been telling stories, odd tales which over time evolved into grander connected narratives. This in turn led me to do work experience at Igloo Publishing House and get a degree in English & Creative Writing, meanwhile also working for just over three years as a tutor of Maths and Science, such pursuits also being of great interest of mine, even if I don’t desire a career in their respective fields. I’ve also enjoyed bringing stories to life by means of amateur performing arts, both scripted and improvised, both the works of others and my own.
Born in 1997, at around the age of ten there was a moment where I, looking over the many scraps of paper upon which were written the chapter titles of my various planned stories, realised that with a little tweaking every idea I currently had could conceivably take place within the same continuity. Soon a timeline was drawn, people and enemies were made recurring, and thus The Ragnarök Chronicles were born, albeit not in the exact form the series is in today.
Since then, as my writing style evolved and the stories became more refined, this project, which is planned to consist of fifty-five books in total, has been my consistent goal. Each sub-series, defined by the year in the titles, can be read in isolation, yet when experienced together will form a greater saga spanning time, space and beyond. When it came to then incorporating a mythic side into the tale, taking inspiration from a plethora of mythologies (but per the series name primarily Norse), everything continued to naturally fall into place. Going forward, my work is going to be doubled-down on the novel front (save maybe for some elusive other opportunities down the line).
YouTube channel The Ragnarök Chronicles (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyZqYeC6IONA1oLQi8-Ilyw)