From early childhood, Lucas Ryan Maloney’s imagination fuelled his love of storytelling. From powerful magic to sophisticated warp drives, black holes to supernovae and heroes battling villains, Lucas could weave tales that kept children and adults alike enthralled. Through his teens, Lucas fulfilled his quota of shenanigans and embraced a digital lifestyle while studying culinary arts. After several years of pursuing an unfulfilling culinary path, a profound event opened his mind to his true calling.
A few years ago, while walking in a forest contemplating his chosen path, Lucas found himself caught in a thunderstorm. As he pondered, a blinding bolt of lightning and ear-piercing crack of thunder split the sky. Startled, Lucas moved to a nearby clearing, sat down and continued his self-reflection. After three more lightning flashes and thunderclaps, Lucas closed his eyes and peered deep into his heart; slowly a vision of himself writing in leather-bound writing journals surfaced.
Lucas says he’s not sure how long he sat there in his mindful reprieve and that when he opened his eyes and looked up, the clouds parted, revealing blue sky. He smiled knowingly, stood up and headed home.
On the way, Lucas stopped at a stationery store and made a purchase, the first of many.
Lucas makes his home in Southern Ontario, Canada.
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What inspired you to become an author?
Lucas - I’ve always been a storyteller at heart, but when I was younger, I had a difficult time translating what I had in my head to words on a page. Then, about 8 years ago, I had a profound experience. Some might call it religious or spiritual, others might have a different name for it, but the long short of it is, I was on a walk and got caught in a thunderstorm, and something just clicked in my head, and from then on I found it much easier to write, and have been since.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Lucas - There are a few messages, however the most prominent one is rather simple, but powerful, and very important in this day and age; that Love is unconquerable.
Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?
Lucas -I think the list would be shorter if you asked me what WASN’T based on something in reality. The main characters are all facets of my personality, or are based on the personality of friends, family, or others. In particular, in Chapter 6, Lessia comes across “trees" that are made of glass; this was inspired from a moment in my childhood. There had been an ice storm the night before, freezing everything over. There was a single tree in our front yard which got covered entirely, and the way the light refracted through the ice, made it appear as though it was clear, like glass.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favourite and why?
Lucas - Oh wow, that’s a tough one… I’ll answer that twofold. Zethras is my favourite character because he’s simultaneously one of the least relatable, and most relatable, and he’s also based around my physical appearance. My other favourite character is one that you won’t meet in book 1, but book 2. Without giving major spoilers, she’s a rather unassuming lass, but is immensely strong, think Pippi Longstocking, but without the extroverted personality. In fact she’s quite introverted, and has Ochlophobia; the fear of large crowds. I drew upon a lot of personal knowledge I possess about how someone with a specific fear experiences that fear; their physical and mental reactions, and how to push past a panic attack.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
Lucas - Very much so, Eluramance Chronicles is planned to be a trilogy, though it may evolve into a tetralogy but I’m not sure at this point. I don’t have a title set in stone yet, but my working title is “Unity.” You’re going to be reuniting with the same characters, while also meeting some new ones, some somewhat typical, others very different. I’m probably around 65-70% of the way through the skeleton of the manuscript for book 2 at this point, and I am very pleased with the direction it’s going.
What books/authors have influenced your life?
Lucas - I know she’s not a very popular lady right now, but J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter were the first large sized books that I got to experience as a child; my mom, dad, sister, brother and myself would have story time before bed, and the first of those books were Harry Potter. Christopher Paolini and the Inheritance Cycle were the first large sized novels that I owned myself, and were my gateway into the high fantasy world. And of course, J. R. R. Tolkien, who is the grandfather of modern high fantasy. And although he’s less of an author, and he hasn’t written a book per se, Matthew Mercer from Critical Role in an inspiring storyteller.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Lucas - For me, the two hardest things are having to juggle the multiple, and very distinct personalities of my characters when they’re interacting together in a large group, especially when it’s a very emotional moment. I need to separate myself from… myself? It’s difficult not letting my own biases or opinions, or emotional reactions filter into the equation. The other thing I often have trouble with is coming up with names for characters. Names are powerful, and they need to sound right, and when they don’t, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Lucas - Creativity is like a garden. If you leave it unattended for too long, it will wither. If you give it too much of what it needs, it will drown. If you give it exactly what it needs, it will flourish, and produce an endless supply of what YOU need.
You may go for a long time between the seeding of a garden, but the earth will always remember what to do; so will the seeds, the rain, and the sun. All it needs is something to bring them together. It needs a gardener. Be your creativity’s gardener. Tend it, nurture it, allow it to grow, bud, and blossom, and then enjoy its fruits.
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
Lucas - Eluramance Chronicles: Lessia is set to release to the public soon. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, I can’t give a definite date as to when you’ll see it on a shelf or on a web store, but it will be soon. As for works in progress, Book 2 of Eluramance Chronicles is well underway, and taking shape nicely. I hope very much that you, your followers, audience, and the rest of the people out there will enjoy it.