I live outside of a small town in Wisconsin, about a 90 minute drive from Chicago. My wife and I have one daughter, Ella, who just turned eight.
I was quite excited by it at the time, but I just didn’t have the time to work on it. When my nephew challenged me to a NaNoWriMo, I accepted. Those 50,000 words became the genesis for Undermountain.
Have you ever been to Banff? Is Undermountain located in a real mountain you saw there?
When I started NaNoWriMo I had a very rough idea of who my characters were and what they would do. Once I completed NaNo, I outlined the entire story and rewrote huge chunks of it, including the entire last third. I changed a bunch of viewpoint chapters to make Breyona a more important character, which was great and painful at the same time. I think I suffered more than she did over some of those chapters.
You mention that you wrote this during NaNoWriMo, how many times did you participate before Undermountain emerged?
ebooks or hard copies?
day or night?
Day. And more specifically, morning. This answer is a shocks me, though.
reading or writing?
writing is almost the same thing as reading for me. Have you ever read a book with a cool idea and character and then shouted “No! No! No! they should do this, then this, and this should happen.” When I write I get to make the story go the way I want. And the reason I write is so I can read the story.
paper or computer?
Computer. Paper is for world building, brainstorming, journaling, and grocery lists.
tea or coffee?
Delicious 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee. Black.
favourite book of the moment?
most memorable book?
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Undermountain is an innovative, clever and wildly imaginative adventure. Along the way, Edstrom turns the legend of bigfoot on its head.
A group of troubled teens escape to the Canadian Rockies for a ten day excursion. All they take with them is their backpacks and their grizzled old mountaineer guide.
But when Danny and Breyona encounter a creature of legend—an eight foot tall beast they tag as “bigfoot”—the hike turns into a race for their lives.
Swept to the secret city of Undermountain, Danny, Breyona and their friends find themselves in the middle of a war—between their “bigfoot” captors and horrific creatures called “shriekers.”
But more than their freedom is at stake. To escape, to survive, to save the Earth, Danny and Breyona must end the war … and make sure neither side wins.