Virtual Book Tour: The Lost King by Frazier Alexander #blogtour #giveaway #bookreview #yafantasy #highfantasy #youngadult #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @SydeFyre - A Life Through Books

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Virtual Book Tour: The Lost King by Frazier Alexander #blogtour #giveaway #bookreview #yafantasy #highfantasy #youngadult #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @SydeFyre


YA High Fantasy

Date Published: November 10, 2020

Publisher: FyreSyde Publishing

King Athan vanishes at sea. His children, prince Thalos and princess Thara, drift apart with age, their kingdom falling into ruin. Thalos stubbornly clings to the past; Thara, resentful of her father, looks to the future. In the wake of this decline, a beautiful enchantress usurps the throne from the estranged siblings. She exiles Thalos to the edge of the world and slowly enslaves Thara’s mind.

In his exile, Thalos finds another castaway—an old comrade of his father. Together they begin a voyage in search of the lost king. Thara, meanwhile, resists the new queen’s coercive spells and finds a resistance of creatures still loyal to her father.

With a vast world of enchanted islands and beings between them, Thalos and Thara struggle to restore their family and rekindle the hope of the true king’s return.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The hardest part of writing for me is the editing stage. I can produce a rough draft quickly, but my rough drafts are extremely rough. Editing, for me, is very labor-intensive, and I go through at least four or five edits before I feel confident with a work. Though honestly, I could edit infinitely, always finding errors to fix.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?

I don’t really use an Ipod, but on my phone I listen to lots of film scores and classical music. My all-time favorite is a mix of calm Lord of the Rings music that someone put together on Soundcloud. I play it way too much.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes, my main critique partners are my brother, Anthony, and my wife, Nicole. But it isn’t uncommon for me to go to old teachers, friends, or fellow writers to read over drafts. With The Lost King, I did something I’ve never done: I reached out to a total stranger on a Facebook writing group and asked him to read the first few chapters of The Lost King. His feedback was priceless because he didn’t know me and wasn’t afraid of offending me. Michael L., if you’re reading this, thank you!


What book are you reading now?

I’m juggling quite a few. I’m reading Kenobi by John Jackson Miller. I’m also reading a book for a fellow indie author, Julia J. Gibbs called The Oaks Remain. In non-fiction, I’m working my way through Tom Shippey’s Tolkien: Author of the Century , The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis (a slow burn over 3 volumes) and Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway.


How did you start your writing career?

It might sound strange, but I started writing because I loved movies. I know most authors start out by being readers, but I wasn’t. I didn’t get into reading until late in middle school. I might be unique, but I think that over the next few decades, we’ll see a spike in author’s with this same story.

I can remember being about 8 or 9 years old and being obsessed with movies like The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, the 60’s Jason and the Argonauts, and the original Clash of the Titans. These movies absolutely fired my imagination and because I couldn’t make movies (though we had some very low-quality attempts), I put pen to paper and came up with my own stories.


Tell us about your next release.

I have two books in the works:

  1. I think my next book will be set 15 years prior to the events of The Lost King. It will tell the story of the famous war that King Athan fought in.
  1. Then, I’d like to jump ahead chronologically to about 40 years after the events of The Lost King. This third book will focus on one of the minor characters from Lost King, Kanthus, who is a poet. Kanthus, now very old and blind, tells the whole body of myths and legends that precede the Lost King, all while being pursued by an enemy that wants him captured.

So, when it’s all said and done, you’ll be able to read all three books and essentially grasp the entire over-arching mythos that I’ve created for the world of The Lost King. It’s ambitious, but then again, so was The Lost King. I believe I can pull it off. 

 About the Author

Frazier Alexander lives in Denton, Texas with his wife Nicole.

He began writing around the age of nine, inspired by movies such as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and “sword-and-sandal” epics like Jason and the Argonauts. As a reader, his interests gravitate towards older works and the classics, such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Beowulf, and Le Morte D’Arthur. Along with creating his own mythological backdrop for his stories, Frazier is an amateur calligrapher, map-maker, and artist.


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