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By Carmen Anderson

Liam Roche’s novel delves into a magical world where a seemingly normal family is torn apart for unknown reasons: “The story follows two teen siblings as they cross the continent ‘Elros’, where they continuously encounter danger,” Liam told The Gibraltar Magazine. “Luckily, they meet some unexpected friends on the way who help and guide them.” As the storyline develops, we learn there is a family history connecting the various aspects of seemingly random danger.  

This novel is the first in a series that will follow the siblings and their friends as they mature, delving deeper into the family history and what their connection is to the storyline all the while combating evil. “This first book develops the world and the Evil that is rising,” Liam explained. He started writing this novel a few years ago: “It was a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing, but before I knew what was happening, I found that I truly had an interest. It was a great way to let my creativity flow.”

Liam creates worlds where essentially anything is possible. 

Liam loves reading fantasy novels, so he found it a natural progression to write in this diverse genre which creates worlds where essentially anything is possible. “I felt this was a better way to let my creative ideas flow, especially for my first book,” said Liam, “I also love the escapism these stories provide.” It was the work of writers such as David Gemmell, Shayne Silvers, Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling that inspired Liam; “I was always amazed at how these authors were able to come up with it all, so I tried to emulate them. I also wanted to give something back to a genre that gave me so much pleasure.”

First novels are where most authors develop their writing process. Liam found his to be a little sporadic: “I knew what kind of book I wanted to write so I started by coming up with an idea for what I wanted the world to be like. From there, I drew up a map, decided on what my main characters would be like and then just wrote the first thing that came to mind. As the story progressed, new and better ideas would come out and I would move back and forth throughout the story matching it all up and interlinking the different aspects. Probably not the best method but I think this worked for my first book and helped me come to grips with the characters and their individuality.”

With the encouragement of friends and family, Liam decided to take up the challenge of publishing. 

‘Solporians: Evils of Shadow Mountain’ by Liam Roche will be available from May 13th on Amazon Kindle. 

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