Hey there, Readers!
Today we’re back with another author interview. This time we’re chewing the fat with hot new fantasy author D.K. Bussell!
GR: Tell us about this new book of yours, Trolled.
D.K.: Sure thing. Trolled is the story of Nat Lawler, a seventeen-year-old who winds up getting sucked into a fantasy world and tasked with defeating its evil queen, despite not knowing her orc from her elf bow. Luckily for her (in huge quotation marks) she’s aided by a gang of roleplayers who’ve spent a
lifetime preparing for this moment, even if the the only trolls they’ve ever
slain were wearing goofy rubber masks.
It’s a fun, action-packed story that I quick-pitch as “Buffy goes to Middle
You’re given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
That would depend on how well she got on with my three pugs, Livingstone,
Jackson and Gygax. If she was cool and watched where she stepped,
I’d welcome her into my home with open arms. If not… well, what
does elephant meat taste like?
What inspired Trolled?
I’m a lapsed LARPer from many years ago (that’s Live Action Roleplay for you
kids who didn’t spend your teens running around the woods swinging styrofoam
swords) and I wanted to write a story about that community, particularly as they
haven’t been much represented in literature.
Are the characters in the book based off of anyone you know?
Nat Lawler is basically me, only me with a talking sword, the fortitude
of a Valkyrie and a hunky elf for a hanger-on. *Sigh*
What’s your favourite part of the book?
It might be the line, “The dungeon was proving to be as maddening as it
was impenetrable, like a trip to IKEA on a Bank Holiday weekend.”
Where is your favourite place to write?
I live on the South East coast of England, and have a beach hut I like to write
in when it’s not too cold.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I put way too much thought into the names of my characters. For instance, I chose
Nat Lawler because I wanted a name that sounded insignificant but strong. “Nat”
I liked because it’s got a hard sound, but also sounds like “gnat.” “Lawler”
gives a clue to her alignment, letting the reader know she’s honourable and
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I once shared a lift with Luke Goss during a trip to London. This won’t mean anything to most people outside of the UK, but if you were a teenager in England when Bros
were big, you’d understand why I lost my goddamned mind.
What’s your favourite song?
19 by Paul Hardcastle. Also, my favourite karaoke tune.
How do you handle criticism as an author?
I have a pretty thick skin when it comes to criticism. My background is in the arts, where I was required to stand up daily and justify my practice to sometimes vitriolic critique. An iffy Amazon review isn’t going to put much of a dent in my hide. The trick is to be able to measure whether or nor it’s valuable criticism coming your way. If it is, consider it a blessing and use it. If not, brush it to one side and keep on writing.
If you could meet any character from any novel, who would it be and why?
I’d love to meet Holden Caulfield so I could give him a slap and tell him to get
a bloody grip.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Stephen King, though I do wonder where exactly he’d find the time.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Either a comedian or a stuntwoman. So far the closest I’ve come to achieving
either of these ambitions is the time I fell down a flight of stairs at my brother-in-law’s wedding.
Do you write every single day?
If Stephen King asks, yes.
Get your copy of the first book in Nat Lawler’s Trolled saga HERE.