Some thoughts with … L. R. Schulz
Luke is a fantasy addict born in Melbourne, Australia. He discovered a passion for fantasy at a young age which developed into a love for the imaginary and a desire to write.
Despite an early passion for storytelling, Luke obtained a teaching degree before beginning a career as a primary school teacher.
When he is not reading and writing, Luke enjoys spending time with his Golden Retriever named Gem, gaming, and surfing.
A King’s Radiance is Luke’s debut novel, though he is always coming up with ideas for his next project, as well as working towards a sequel.
1.-What made you write a dark novel like A King’s Radiance? Are you afraid some readers might be turned down due to that?
I don’t think my book crosses into full grimdark. I am intrigued by chaos I guess, and I like to provoke strong emotions, one way to do that is by being mean to my characters.
2.- Which are your main sources of inspiration?
I draw inspiration from everything I read and watch, anime in particular. I love assessing good stories and what made them so good, what did the writer do to draw such an emotional reaction from me? And then I try to recreate it with my own twists.
3.- How’s that lovely dog called?
Her name is Gem! She is my 1-year-old Golden retriever
4.- What can we expect of you in the future (personally I hope a prequel)?
I do want to write a prequel, but that will depend on book 2 as the prequel might contain spoilers for it. Book 2 is 20k into the first draft, but I am also 100k into another project which is my little baby, but will be on the back burner until book 2 is out.
By my side, I can only add that I’m grateful that Escapist Book Tours gave me this opportunity, and to Luke for being so reachable.