A few months ago I met Lucas Rosen at the Algonkian Pitch Conference in New York City and immediately we hit it off. We were two of a handful of epic, non-YA fantasy writers present at the conference.
I was immediately impressed with his ideas, dedication, and serious approach to his craft. I’m glad he took me up on my offer to appear here in the Underground.
Lucas, who goes by Luke, is a twenty-two year old graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who works in pre-elementary education and coaches basketball on Saturdays. His breakout novel is called Soul of a God, which he is presently marketing. If you are an agent or publisher you can view his profile and query at Author Salon.
BRIAN: Luke, tell our readers a little about your book, Soul of a God.
LUKE: Soul of a God is the first book in the God Soul Trilogy. The basic plot of Soul of a God revolves around the search for the soul of Dios, the god of creation, which has been lost since the creation of the universe. Our hero is Kaj, a young monk who has spent the first twenty years of his life focused solely on his training and studies. What makes Kaj different from ordinary monks are the mystical tattoos that adorn his body and grant him great magical power. It’s during the final stages of training to master this power that Kaj’s world is ripped apart by tragedy.
At the start of the book, he knows nothing about the Soul of Dios, save for the legends and stories that speak of its existence. But as he leaves his home and journeys for answers, the forces of evil begin to present themselves and he realizes that it may not be just a legend. Companions gather about him as peril increases and soon Kaj is forced to face a problem that has been plaguing him since the start of their journey: can he overcome his fear of failure and inadequacy, or will he let the greatest loss in his life come to define who he is?
BRIAN: What was you inspiration for this story idea?