I love the characters in my books—even the so-called villains! As I write them, they come alive. I love their depth and subtleties. In Nick's short story you’ll find a glimpse of him during an important life event. I hope you're as intrigued with him as I am.
So what could possibly compel me to write a world full of mushrooms? Well, I love mushrooms. That’s a start. Then there’s the concept of purpose. Purpose is a big deal in life—it brings meaning and identity to us. It has to be supplied by external factors (like a deity), or it’s just a meaningless … Continue reading Why I Wrote Ayphae
Who are the murmuring mushrooms ... and what are they up to? Read this excerpt from Ayphae and see if you can guess the answer.
So my wife was looking over Ayphae the other day and noticed the yeast marshes were violet. She made a note: "Not everything has to be purple, you know."
Some of you might be wondering—why did I choose mushrooms for Ayphae’s theme? I could have built Ayphae around anything…and I chose fungi. Toadstools, yeast, mold, endophytes—they’re all central to the realm of Ayphae. Now some of you hate mushrooms. Some of you find them weird. I love mushrooms. But why do I love them? … Continue reading Why Mushrooms?
Read the opening scene of Ayphae, Ian's first book in The Flames Chronicles Series.