Friday, August 20, 2010
John Fitch V-Turning Back the Clock
Born in the city of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in 1977, John Fitch's love of fantasy began 11 years later when he was handed J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Hobbit. His passion for writing began in 1993, as a sophomore in high school, when he began to write sports for his local newspaper, the Sentinel & Enterprise. Since then, he has written for several Massachusetts newspapers, including the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester and the Southbridge Evening News in Southbridge. He has since returned to where it all started, as he came back to the Sentinel in April 2008. He also strings for the Springfield Republican and Turley Publications.
Among his literary influences include the king of fantasy, Tolkien, as well as R.A. Salvatore. In addition, Fitch enjoys Steven Savile, Vince Flynn, J.K. Rowling, Jim C. Hines, David Forbes, John Grisham, and Brad Meltzer novels, as well as classic storytellers C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Shakespeare. Star Wars novels fill an entire bookcase in his office.
It was Salvatore, the acclaimed fantasy author, who convinced Fitch to pen the manuscript that became Obloeron: The Quest For The Chalice in December 2001. He began writing Quest over a year later, in January 2003, finishing the first draft in February 2005.
John Fitch V is a pseudonym chosen in honor of the late Robert Cormier, a native son of Leominster, Massachusetts. Cormier, when writing for the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg, wrote under the pseudonym of John Fitch IV.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Turning Back The Clock is a book about two Red Sox fans who want to take down the Yankee Empire. What baseball fan outside of New York DOESN'T want to see this?
Q: Why did you go indie?
Good question. I like having the control over the pricing, the formatting. Everything is on my shoulders.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
For fantasy, I have to like Tolkien. R.A. Salvatore is HUGE to me. Jim C. Hines is witty. David Forbes is very talented; love his world-building. And you can't go wrong with Terry Brooks or Robert Jordan.