Author Interview with C. Lloyd Brill

I’m interviewed on the Xanoxixa Territory blog!

Into the Mind of the Writer

I present to my readers an interview with C. Lloyd Brill!

1. What genre are your books?

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I write Science Fiction and Fantasy.

2. What draws you to this genre?

I love the technology and magic in those genres.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on a fantasy novel with the working title of Power Possessed.

4. What’s it about?

Brenna is a fourteen year old girl in a magic academy. She’s having trouble with her studies and she’s worried about getting kicked out of the school. Out of desperation, she summons a demon in the hopes of having it help her learn magic. She has to try to pass her classes, deal with another student who is bullying her, and try to maintain control of the demon possessing her.

5. Have you written anything else?

I have…

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A Year of Books

My novel is on this list. I feel honored.


According to Goodreads I have read around 33 books this year. Looking back through the list I thought it would be fun to highlight on this blog my favorite books of the year. They were eight books that I gave 5 star ratings to on Goodreads. It is an interesting list of titles. Among them are four books written by men and four by women. There are also four indie published titles and four traditionally published by major publishing houses. I didn’t plan it this way. It’s just how it worked out. So here’s the list in the order I read them with links to my reviews on Goodreads.

David Nichols – Starter for Ten – This book (a present from my good friend, Larry) is a nostalgia book for me. I grew up watching University Challenge with my mother and was in college in the early 80s just like the…

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Writing a Battle Scene: Important Details to Know

Cinemagraphic Writing

There are a few things you need to know before you begin writing a battle scene. They are the follow:

  1. The character you will follow into battle.
  2. The location of the battle.
  3. The purpose of the battle.
  4. Step-by-step how the battle should unfold.

First, you need to know which character the reader will follow into the battle. This is important because it will determine the feel of the scene. For instance, if your character is a mere foot soldier, he’s not going to have the overarching view as someone like a general or the king. If you’re writing from a king’s POV (point of view), the king may not enter the battle immediately but survey the situation. He’ll send in skirmishes but hold back the rest of the army to see what his enemy will do. One little tactical mistake may be all he needs to defeat his enemy without too…

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Writing a Battle Scene: The Basics

Great article about writing fight scenes!

Cinemagraphic Writing

Battles and war have existed throughout all the age—from Biblical times, to Greek and Roman times, to medieval times, through the Renaissance, to the Revolutionary War and Civil War in America, both World Wars, and so on and so forth to the present day. Wars have been fought with stones and strikes, swords and bows, and guns, jets, and tanks. Most of my stories and the battles I write are set in medieval times, so that will be the example I will use.

Before we get too far into this topic, let me set one thing straight that I’ve noticed time and time again in books and movies. The protagonist announces, “We’re going to war!” and then all the characters get geared up and head out. You have one battle, and then the war is over. That’s unrealistic. That wasn’t a ‘war’—it was a ‘battle’. The difference between war and…

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How to Approach a Fight Scene

Great article for authors wanting to write fight scenes.

Cinemagraphic Writing

I have trained many years in Martial Arts. My experience has taught me the basic elements of a fight, and more precisely how to be aware of my surroundings and therefore how avoid the confrontation, deflate the situation so there is no confrontation, or not be surprised when attacked or thrown into the middle of a fight.

Being aware of every single moment and movement in a tense situation is key to a fighter. Anything is possible, so they have to be ready for anything. Surprise is your enemy (unless you have the element of surprise on your side). Even if you are surprised, you don’t let the other person know that. You just start moving.

Movement is very important, and it is almost always constant. A lot of fights are two equals coming at each other punch for punch, kick for kick. With movement there is momentum. When someone punches…

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