An interview with HW Cumming, author of The Adventures of Horace, George and Ingle: The Rise of the Black Knight

This week it is my great pleasure to introduce HW Cumming to the Thursday Throng. HW is the author of The Adventures of Horace, George and Ingle: The Rise of the Black Knight and is very kindly giving away a copy of his book to one lucky commenter. All you need to do to take part is leave a comment on the post to say hi, ask HW a question or even share a thought.

The Book …

the adventure of george horace and ingleHorace, George and Ingle are three brothers growing up during a time of relative calm in a land once dominated by great battles. Galray has enjoyed peace and prosperity for many years under the watchfulness of the knights council and the strong leadership of their father the King.

The boys didn’t know that tonight would be the start of an adventure that would change the course of their lives as they sat down for a game of chess.

What starts as a simple storm turns into a race to save the kingdom. Dragons, myths and betrayal lay ahead as the three brothers are forced to lead and become men.

The HW Cumming Interview

HW CummingWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

While I was in high school I had a pop/electronic music band with a couple friends for a few years and we practiced literally everyday – so it became quite serious for us. I wrote most of the original music as a keyboardist for over a dozen songs, which we performed live many times – Sometimes for a few thousand people at large battle of the bands. This is where my love or the creative process was ignited.

How did you choose a title for your book?

The names of the twins, Horace and George just sort of came to me while I was making up a story about 2 brothers that were knights for my young son. I think both names are reflective of the time period and sound somewhat knightly to fit the part. Ingle came a bit later and started of as the cookie baking king to reflect my daughter who, at a young age, liked to bake. “The Rise of the Black knight” actually came after I initially submitted the manuscript with the title “adventures of Horace and George – the long journey home “. The editor felt it didn’t tell the story – so I changed the title to add Ingle and the rise of the black knight which is the core theme of the book.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

It’s funny – growing up I also played competitive hockey as a goalie and when I was really young I dreamed of playing in the NHL- as I got older and music became a stronger influence in my life I dreamed of making it as a musician – in truth both would have been great. Writing is something I only found very recently as a creative outlet that was never fully satiated in my professional life- I’ve really enjoyed the whole process as it is very much like writing music.

Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?

Of course as a big fan of the fantasy and myth genre it is definitely hard to convince people that it just may have been real. Writers like Tolkien really needed to construct a whole history of the world different from our own to make it believable.

Also, I think the historical fiction novels are the perhaps more difficult to write as they bring complex historical facts to the masses in a way that people can relate, which I think is important in today’s society. Authors like Dan Brown just do an extraordinary amount of research to write a book like Da Vinci Code.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Finding time from my busy schedule – work, kids, active living, travel was a real challenge for me. Writing isn’t something that you can sneak in a few minutes here and there. It often takes a whole day on my own to get into the mood just to write a few pages. I actually found my best writing time when I was flying on business trips – a few hours with no wifi and no distractions provided a great environment to focus.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Just remember that it is easier to destroy than to create and that’s why everyone is a critic. Finding a way to unleash your creative soul is part of the journey. I have personally tried lots of different ways to express my creativity and writing just sort of found me. My advice is don’t typecast yourself and find yourself stuck – let the creative process find your match – that is – maybe you aren’t a mystery writer, or a dramatic novelist – maybe you are a poet – just let the art in you guide you and know that you can be great. It’s one of the thing I learned from my professional life in leading people – there is a great role for everyone – the trick is helping them find it for themselves so they can be great.

How do you remain sane while working?

Life really is all about balance – for me it’s creativity, athletics, hard work and family and friends. To stay focused and achieve in anything you have to have other things that draw you in to a similar extent -especially so with writing since it is, in many ways, a metaphor for your own life experiences. Some of the greatest things I have done for my writing have nothing to do with writing at all- for example while I was trekking in Nepal with my wife, I imagined the narrow mountain path that the boys would find themselves on during their adventures. Staying sane for me is making sure I have balance.

Where do you find your inspiration?

The book really started as a bedtime story and then grew into a book. The backdrop for the story come from my fascination with all things medieval and from imaging a mythical world without the bounds of earth with my brother while we played together as boys. The roots of the story was inspired by the journey kids take from being completely dependent on their parents to becoming increasingly more and more independent and is told from a single dad’s vantage point. The most important thing for me was and still is to teach the kids to be good leaders and also to be a good person – King Reynold is a reflection of the pride I have in my own kids.

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

I’d have to say the most important thing I learned from becoming an engineer was the importance of finishing what you start. I’m always stressing that with the kids that there are no part marks in life for those that don’t finish.

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Where can I find out more about HW and his book?

You can find The Adventures of Horace, George and Ingle: The Rise of the Black Knight in Kindle, paperback and hardback format here:

You can also meet him on Facebook here facebook.com/horaceandgeorge

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