Saturday, January 19, 2013

Guest post with John Dahlgren author of The Tides of Avarice

When did you decide to become a writer?

Well, to start, I’ve always wanted to write (as long as I can remember). I grew up in Sweden where I was influenced at an early age by the Scandinavian mythology, Fairy-tales and Nordic sagas. Fantasy is for me perhaps the most fascinating form of literature as it carries with it a limitless quality where you can change the everyday world into something magical. There are of course certain rules that even fantasy novels have to obey as I learned when I studied creative and fiction writing at Oxford: it has to make sense. As Mark Twain once said: The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.

What was your route to Indie authoring?

As a psychologist I started writing for a Swedish magazine and published several non-fiction scientific articles. However, I always longed for writing the kind of books that I adored: Fantasy.

In my case I’ve always liked anthropomorphic stories. It’s a delight to apply human thought and reasoning abilities to an animal (or even an inanimate object).

What served as your inspiration for your Sagaria books?

I got the inspiration for the trilogy Sagaria many years ago (pre-Harry Potter) when I was in Sweden. I was out walking in the ancient woods with my dog when I saw an abandoned forest well. Since I was reading a lot of fantasy at the time, I simply couldn’t resist fantasizing about a gate or a portal leading to a parallel world or fantasy realm from that well. On the way back, the basis for the story was shaping up in my head, and when I saw a frog and later on a cute squirrel chewing on an acorn, little Flip and Sir Tombin Quackford were born. After that, the other characters just presented themselves.

As for the second book The Tides of Avarice – A Sagaria Legend, I’ve always been a pirate fan ever since reading Treasure Island. Pirates are fascinating and carry with them the same everlasting popularity like westerns and science fiction. I think it has to do with the freedom of simply weighing the anchor and setting sail toward any place you want with unexpected adventures, perilous quests and romances waiting.


It's something all pirates are taught when they're very young, but too many forget: never get on the wrong side of a librarian. Especially if the librarian is a lemming!

Sylvester Lemmington used to read about cannibals, impenetrable jungles, lethal carnivores, mysterious fortune-teller, voodoo magic, cutthroat pirates, shipwrecks, mutinies, spaceships and much else in his books, but he never thought he'd encounter them for real. Can Sylvester save his sweetheart, Viola, her tough-as-nails mom and the other friends he's acquired along the way? Can he find his long-lost father, rescue his hometown of Foxglove from the murderous rule of its ruthless mayor and discover true happiness? Oh, did we mention that Sylvester has mistakenly received the most sought after treasure map ever? This means he also has to escape from the cruelest and craziest pirate captain who ever sailed the seas of Sagaria - the horrifying Cap'n Terrigan Rustbane who will stop at nothing to get his map back! A map that leads to a treasure beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. It's kind of a tall order, but then, Sylvester is a librarian..and a lemming.

About John Dahlgren

Born in Sweden, John Dahlgren grew up close to the vast and untamed landscapes of Scandinavia and was influenced from an early age by the Nordic sagas, fairy tales and mythologies. This enchanting environment triggered his imagination and later inspired him to become a fiction writer.

He went on to study creative and fiction writing at Oxford University and competed in the school’s short story contests each year.

As a trained psychologist and member of the Swiss Psychologist Federation, Dahlgren began writing nonfiction articles for numerous scientific journals and a Swedish magazine. But his passion was fiction, and so he debuted as a novelist in 2011 with the young adult story The Tides of Avarice, a finalist for best Fiction/Fantasy in the International Book Awards and Silver Medal winner in ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards. He released months later a second YA fantasy novel, Sagaria, and is currently engaged in several book projects for both younger readers and adults.

Dahlgren lives now in Neuchâtel, Switzerland with his wife and two children, where he’s worked for the past twelve years as a marketing director at an international pharmaceutical company.

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