The Fall of Brackenbone
Ancient civilizations, parallel worlds, aliens, time travel, epic fantasy, dragons and college! The Everville series can be read as stand-alone novels and have it all for teens, new adults, and all ages alike.
Two very different worlds, Easton Falls University and the magical realm of Everville are in dire need of a hero. Owen Sage embarks on an epic journey of monumental proportions to save these worlds all while fighting to keep the world within himself intact. This quest is not for the faint of heart nor is it for the weak of mind—only the bravest will succeed. Discovering the well-kept secret of The Fourth Pillar of Truth is only part of the feat. Owen will have to outwit the ever-powerful villain Governor Jahal and overcome countless other challenges along the way.
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
I have my iPhone which contains both the Kindle app and Audible app. So whether I’m in my car, on a plane, hiking the Hawaii trails where I live, or doing anything else, I always have access.
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’m generally the good one. Fiction can be an escape. For me, that escape has been in finding ways to overcome hardship. While I do enjoy good dark fiction from time to time, something optimistic and bright is my general preference, and I’d like to be most associated with that. Not to say that seeing my name attached to a good antagonist couldn’t be fun, my initial instinct is to go with the good one.
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
That depends on how you define reading. If you count audiobooks, usually the car, walking, or hiking. If you’re strictly referring to reading, usually I’d be in my home.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
They are often the same place. The car, home, hiking, and walking. I also love the movie theatre, traveling, and finding places to dine that serve amazing food. So in a movie, the Italian or French Riviera, or at some fancy new hipster joint that’s all the rage, provided the food is equally as good.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
I love bookstores. If I’ve got nothing else pressing to do, I’d definitely stop in. I like small mom & pops with unique charm the most. Antique bookstores are fun. Libraries are equally good, especially expansive ones, so much so, I’ve often written them into storylines.
6. What are you most proud of?
Hard to distinguish between pride and gratitude in this case, but I certainly have a lot to be thankful for and have overcome some horrific challenges. I grew up in a very poor home. My grandfather was murdered in prison on the day of his parole in a prison riot. I lost my father to his fight with HIV/AIDS on Father’s Day when I was 21. And so many members of my immediate family have battled and continue to fight mental illness. The lockdown has been especially hard on some of them.
There were times, Christmas day when I was ten years old when I had a gun pressed against my temple in the worst part of town (where I lived) when I wasn’t sure if I was going to live or die. So if it had to pick one thing, it’s that I’ve been fortunate to not only survive but thrive. Most of that has had to do with my associations and
those around me combined with my, annoying to others at times, incessant optimism.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Certainly a sense of pride. But also, one of the reasons I write is to leave something behind. I think everyone wants to be remembered, to leave a mark. Each book contains a piece of my soul, my thoughts, my aspirations, and the realization of a dream. So each time I finish, I have a mix of emotions that include happiness, gratitude, pride, and hope.
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Study the craft. Engage in deliberate practice. Find a mentor and ask others what they’ve done. Surround yourself with constructive people with similar goals, and if you don’t have any near you, find support groups or masterminds online. Develop a routine. Give yourself reminders in the future in case you’ve temporarily given up. But above all write, even if it’s just random words or your own musings. Keep your hand moving. Keep showing up. Write. Publish. Iterate.
Read and write as much and as consistently as possible. Understand that it’s impossible to eliminate fear, so embrace courage when you doubt yourself or worry what others’ opinions. Don’t obsess about what other people think, because that’s no way to live. Instead, reflect on constructive feedback where appropriate, and embrace the idea that doubling your failure rate will double your success rate. If failure is not an option, then learning is not an option, so get used to it and learn from it.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
That’s a bit like asking what’s my favorite book. I’d say, Grandma Moses, Oskar Schindler, Joan of Arc, The Wright brothers, Maya Angelou, Neil Armstrong, Rosa Parks, Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Carl Sagan, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Cleopatra, Richard Feynman, Anne Frank, Leonard Nimoy, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.G. Wells, Shirley Temple, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, and Jesus, to name a few.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write early and at home. But I do enjoy a nice change of pace from time to time, in a coffee shop or overlooking a beautiful canal is some foreign country.
Thank you, Roy Huff and Love Books Group
About the author
Roy Huff is a Hawaii-based author, research scientist, and teacher. After a difficult childhood, he moved to the islands and hasn’t looked back.
He’s since earned five degrees, worked on projects forecasting Kilauea volcanic emissions, and trained on geostationary satellites for NASA’s GOES-R Proving Ground. He stumbled into writing, but what he didn’t stumble into is his love for all things science fiction and fantasy. Later, he contributed a series of fiction and non-fiction books as well as widely shared posts on how to design life on your terms.
Despite early challenges, he embraces optimism, science, and creativity. He still dreams of traveling into space and circumnavigating the globe. But until then, he makes Hawaii his home, where he creates new worlds with the stroke of a pen. And he hopes you’ll come along for the amazing ride.