Today I'm hosting Raymond Masters as he stops by on his Forging Truth blog tour. He tells us a little bit about himself, as well as about his book, aptly named Forging Truth.
Hello, everyone. My name is Raymond F. Masters; and like many of you, I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support of my mother. We just celebrated Mother's Day over at my grandmother's house, and it was wonderful to be around the family again. So, what did I get for the mothers in my life? Well, books, of course. I gave my mom the newest Dark Tower novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole. My son and I gave my wife the latest in the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments series.
My mother has always been an ambassador to other worlds. When I was in elementary, she and I would travel into various Hank the Cowdog or Rats of NIMH books. In high school, these were shelved to make room for the Star Trek: The Next Generation novels. She introduced me to the joy of not only being read to, but also of reading aloud to others. Oftentimes, we would trade off reading by alternating chapters.
Oh, and the voices…! She would do the most incredible variety of characters. Though neither of us realized it, this was the biggie that would forever shape my future writing. Thanks to mom's characterizations, I developed a real ear for dialog. Of course, I'm biased here, but I feel the beats between characters, and even the voice of my stories, come across much better than they would have, otherwise.
I feel this has also shaped the type of story to which I am drawn. I like action, drama, and comedy as much as the next reader, but if the story is lacking character, then I find myself checking out sooner rather than later. Moreover, I have carried that love of character over to my writing. I do have the elements I listed, above, all throughout Forging Truth, but it's the character interactions between Kade and Caduceus or Kade and Mao that truly makes it real.
As a way of offering thanks, I dedicated my first novel, Forging Truth, to my mother. As it says, she's been my lifelong friend and grammar coach. Naturally, my novel has some grammatical errors, but as the song says, "Momma tried."
I dedicate this novel to Fonda Masters, the best mother a boy could ask for. Any love and power that show through the character of Tabitha Truth comes directly from her. She’s my lifelong friend and grammar coach.
Tabitha is, of course, Kade's mother. As the reader discovers, there have been certain hardships in their relationship. As the story begins, that relationship is pretty strained, in fact. The two haven't spoken in far too long. It's revealed over time that Tabitha had a reason for taking the actions, which caused the rift between mother and son.
Moms always have their reasons. Sons often forget this.
Tabitha is, indeed, a very strong and caring mother. She's spiritual and deeply rooted in her beliefs. She has passed this along to her son, as did my own mom. It is this compassion that has helped to wind Kade's moral compass.
But will his compass always point to true north? Well, you'll have to wait until Corrupting Truth for that answer. Until then, please, check the first book in the series via the links below. Thanks for letting me play in your sandbox. Oh, and please, drop me a line and let me know what you think of the book.
Well, there you go. Thanks Raymond, it was a pleasure to meet you and letting us get to know you a little. And if you'd like to find him or his book on the web, see the links below:
Thanks everyone for stopping by.