Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Tours virtual book tour for William Heinzen’s Epic Fantasy novel Warrior of Light! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character from the book, Tim Matthias!
You can find our Q&A below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, links to purchase a copy of Warrior of Light for yourself, and a chance to win a copy in our giveaway! Also, be sure to take a look at the schedule here or at the bottom of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
Warrior of Light by William Heinzen
Series: Standalone with sequel
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Intended Age Group: 14+
Publisher: Self Published
Tim Matthias has only ever known the peace of the South, but that peace is shattered when a group of mysterious creatures destroys his home. In search of answers, Tim discovers the poisoned wastelands of the North, where the Dark Lord Zadinn Kanas rules over all. It is here that Tim joins forces with a band of freedom fighters on a quest to find the Army of Kah’lash, a mythical force destined to serve those in need. At the same time, Tim must learn to use the magic of the Lifesource, for he is the Warrior of Light. As Tim struggles to accept his destiny, those around him must battle their way across the North, seeking a means to wage one last, desperate stand against Zadinn and his armies…
Two Wizards Try to Blow Each Other Up • When You Don’t Have Enough Time to Read Sanderson • The Wrong Place at an Even Worse Time
What music do you listen to?
Tim Matthias: There’s a pretty good dwerion band at the village tavern in Raldoon. Their music has a pretty heavy feel and they go by the name Dark Ale.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
TM: Air, food, and water. If you can leave without those three, you’ve probably made a bargain with the demon-lord Uklith, and as the Warrior of Light I am sworn to do combat with you.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
TM: I mean, sure, you want me to say that I need one of those fancy handheld rectangles so I can visit that land called Headbook (is that the right name?), but we need to be practical. I’d like to have a constant supply of fresh water, thank you.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
TM: Boblin Kule has a girlfriend, and I don’t. He’s very annoying about that sort of thing.
What do you do in your free time?
TM: I’m continuing to master the Lifesource so that when I go into battle, I don’t blow up the wrong person.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
TM: The person who created me, this son of a three-legged goat named Bill, says it needs to be a beverage called coffee. Since he is the only person who can actually kill me, that’s my answer.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
TM: My father gave it to me before he died. Never back down from what you know is right. Do not hesitate to help someone in need. When you give your word, give it. And when you meet a woman who is worth giving your life to, treat her best of all, always and forever.
What do you carry in your bag?
TM: A focusing reservoir. It’s used to store up, you guessed it, a reservoir of power that I can draw upon in battle as needed. Take a look—ow—that’s hot—this isn’t good, it’s overcharged—Boblin, duck! … Boblin … ? Hello? Are you still alive?
What’s your favorite animal?
TM: The bald eagle, because again this son of a three legged goat named Bill says it represents America, and it makes him want to start shouting about freedom and shooting finger pistols into the air like some lunatic. It’s really weird.
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
TM: Quentiin is brave. Boblin is reliable. I’d go with them into the underworld itself.
Do you have favorite saying?
TM: Choose, and accept the consequences. Nazgar said it to me.
What is your favorite holiday?
TM: It’s the day we celebrate an event in the book, but it would be a spoiler.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
TM: The land beyond the Northern Mountains. It’s the first place I found true peace.
What do you do to relax?
TM: Fishing in the summer, with a cold ale brewed by the dwerions.
What is your favorite food?
TM: Venison backstraps.
What is your favorite season?
TM: Spring. It’s when the world remembers that we don’t always have to have winter.
How would you define happiness?
TM: Lying on your deathbed, knowing you chose right more often than wrong, and that you made a difference.
What are you passionate about?
TM: I hope to improve my skill at sword fighting. It’s one of the earliest things my father taught me.
How do you feel about your government?
TM: I am actively participating in a rebellion against the cruel reign of the Dark Lord Zadinn Kanas. They are the most evil institution in existence and they have a bounty on my head.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
TM: I’d make Boblin less annoying.
What’s your biggest secret?
TM: I mean, you’d have to read the book for me to tell you this.
What do you hate?
TM: Nazgar said I couldn’t give into this emotion. He said fear would lead me to anger, anger would lead me to hate, and hate would lead me to … no, he didn’t say that. Somebody did but I can’t remember who.
What’s your biggest fear?
TM: I have the capacity for both good and evil inside me—as we all do. I’m afraid of giving into the latter.
What do you think your best quality is?
TM: I mean, it’s not good looks, unfortunately. If it comes down to it, though, I’ll die in place of those who can’t defend themselves. (Wait, what are you writing in the next chapter, Bill? Can I take that back? I just thought it would sound good for the interview. Aaargh—)
How would you describe the world you live in?
TM: It’s a jagged wasteland of rock and stone currently. I’d like to go to back to the Odow Forest where things are a little livelier. Problem is, there’s an evil army in the way, so I guess I have to kill them first.
About the Author
William Heinzen is the author of the epic fantasy novels Warrior of Light and City of Darkness, as well as the short stories Malichon Manor, Nightfall, and Shadows in the Snow. He has been a guest at FanExpo New Orleans, Tampa Bay Comic Convention, ValleyCon, and iMagicon. He has also presented at North Dakota State University’s Creative Writing Camp. William lives in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he works as a cybersecurity professional by day and writes by night. In 2018 he was named to Prairie Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list.
Author Site: https://www.williamheinzen.com/about
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