Episode 505 | Stephen Aryan Interview

Today’s author interview guest is Stephen Aryan, author of Magefall: The Age of Dread, Book 2. In this wide-ranging interview, we talk about Steve finishing his Age of Darkness series and how the Age of Dread is progressing, comics, writing fantasy, worldbuilding, staying fresh as a writer, and much more.

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‘Stephen Aryan puts the epic into Epic Fantasy’ Den Patrick

The land is in turmoil. 
Mages are hunted by men and gods alike.

With their last refuge fallen, two young mages must conspire against a god to show the world that their abilities aren’t a curse; they are the only way to ensure lasting peace.
Under the threat of anti-magic fanatics, Wren struggles to find her place as a leader and to keep her people safe as they build a new home. Danoph searches for answers on a spiritual journey, determined to find out who he really is and where he came from in an effort to calm the coming storm.

The world has turned against mages, yet only they can save it.

‘Aryan’s battle scenes are visceral masterpieces that transport the reader deep into the melee’
Taran Matharu

‘A vivid and rousing adventure with the kind of magic that punches you right in the face’
Jen Williams on Battlemage

For more from Stephen Aryan, check out:

Age of Darkness
Battlemage
Bloodmage
Chaosmage

The Age of Dread
Mageborn
Magefall

About Stephen Aryan

StephenAryan6I’m a lifelong fan of fantasy and science fiction. It started with The Hobbit, The Belgariad, the Earthsea books, the Shannara books and then David Gemmell, who was a huge influence on me and my writing.

For most of that time I ‘ve also been reading comics. It began with superhero comics from DC and Marvel, but now I read comics across many genres from a wide variety of publishers.

I’m a writer and podcaster. I’ve previously written a comic book column and comic book reviews for Tor.com, developed intellectual property into comic book pitches for a media company, and self published a superhero comic. Since 2007 I have been co-hosting a comics and geek culture podcast. We recently renamed ourselves, Grouchy Old Geeks and rebooted our numbers. I have also spoken on panels at comic book conventions about comics and podcasting. I’m also working on several comic book projects.

I live in the UK in the West Midlands with my partner and two cats.  I’m an ageing  podcaster, lapsed gamer and wannabe forest ranger, and when not extolling the virtues of Babylon 5, you can find me drinking real ale, watching genre TV and reading comics.

I am represented by Juliet Mushens of Caskie Mushens agency.

You can find me on TwitterFacebookGoodreads.

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