Author Interview with W. Brondt Kamffer

Posted by on Aug 9, 2011 in Author Interviews | 0 comments

I’ve been trying to come up with interview questions for authors for about a month now. I really wanted to have questions that were a little different than the usual thing. After far too much angst about it, I’ve finally decided on my questions. For my first victim… I mean guest, please welcome W. Brondt Kamffer to this here blog. (Forgive me, I’ve been writing a Western-flavored story today.)

W. Brondt Kamffer’s latest book The Pride of Blood and Empire is the third book in The Ossian Chronicles. -Psst, as of this writing you can pick up the prequel novella for free right here if you want a taste.-

Here’s the description of The Pride of Blood and Empire:

A fledgling empire faces war on two fronts.
The king struggles to unite disparate people.
He must murder his conscience if he’s to survive.

In a tale inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry V, Childe Cern, son of the legendary King Ayern, must take the place of his dying father as outside forces threaten the fledgling Ossian Empire. While Ayern’s pacifism was suited to quiet governance, war has come again, and Cern was born with a soldier’s heart to meet these new challenges.

As he ascends the throne, Cern faces not only the constant threat of the barbarian Vist who seek to reclaim lost territories from the Ossians, but he must also ward off the might of the Nezzian Empire, which aims to cross the narrow seas and plant its standard on Ossian turf. To add to his growing troubles, a shape-shifting sorceress has begun to impersonate all the people Cern trusts most.

Forced to wage war on two fronts, Cern must divide his focus between defending his territories in Vistgard and protecting Osland, where he will finally meet the armies of Nezzia. The king’s men are tired, diseased, and hopelessly outnumbered by a superior fighting unit, and Cern will be forced to make the most morally-difficult decision of his young reign in order to survive.

Right, on to the interview!

What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)



Tell me something about your book that I can’t find in the blurb.

Cern is a young king struggling to find his own place in the world. His father is a legendary king, so he knows that everything he does will be judged against his father’s legacy, and yet their personalities are diametrically opposed. Cern also doesn’t read people as well as his father did, which leads him into making some rather ill-advised decisions that he knows his father would never have made. It is very much a coming of age novel.


In one word, describe your main character. (You can expand afterwards, but limit your initial response to one word.)

Naive. Cern believes he is more intelligent than he is, but the people around him play on his naiveté repeatedly, forcing him to learn wisdom the hard way.


Where does your book take place? Tell me about why you picked that location.

The book is centered in a fantasy realm reminiscent of Anglo-Saxon England. As a scholar, my area of interest is Old English and the Anglo-Saxon world, so that has heavily influenced this realm I have created for my stories. In many ways, the book reads like an historical novel, only with made-up names.


Tell me about your favorite character that you’ve written.

My favourite character would have to be the sorceress from my first novel (The Wars of Gods and Men). She was Lady Macbeth through and though, and loads of fun to write. The sorceress from my latest novel, and one of Cern’s main enemies, was also great fun to write. I like the no-holds-barred to writing such characters.


What’s your favorite verb?

Hmmm…write. I like that it sounds like right and wright, as writing is about each of those in a way.


What’s the last book you read?

The Adventures of Benjamin Skyhammer by Nicole Sheldrake.


Who was your favorite fictional character as a child?

Asterix the Gaul from the Adventures of Asterix Franco-Belgian comic series. I was not much of a reader back then, but I devoured European comics.


Tell me about an event that contributed to your decision to become a writer.

The main one was my seeing of The Fellowship of the Ring film in my senior year of high school. Tolkien’s magic had its way with me, and I not only became a fantasy reader at that time, I also decided to try my hand at penning a few tales as well.


What would you tell past you, if you could send a letter back in time?

To steer clear of a couple of ex-girlfriends, to buy a mac sooner, and to read more books in high school. We all have our regrets, but that last one is one of my biggest regrets, as I realize I missed out on so many good books and I have been playing catch-up for the past decade.


Thanks for stopping by and being my first interviewee, Brondt!

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