Interview with Chad L.E McGhie, author of Fantasy novel Legend of the Tragik
Not all fires are welcoming.
After decades of war, this had never been more true for the neighboring kingdoms of Tristren and Zemotze. Locked in a tense armistice, there was a promise of a treaty in the air. However, as the Blademage Volgare flees from his enemies, he can see through the wall of deception that clouds the land.
Meanwhile, in the bustling city of Brigandee, the shadow of the weapon known as the Tragik has crept in closer than comfortable. The young man named Hinro Gaskette lives a simple life, expecting little other than to be a soldier like his father before him.
Those expectations are shattered, however, when tragedy awakens a nightmarish power from within . . .
Excerpt from Legend of the Tragik
“You humans come with all sorts of trickery. Elves are no different – I am a lover of riches, but an even larger admirer of strength. To you, it seems that the Zemotze are merely power hungry. But, their mission is to establish dominance in the world that is supposed to be in place…it seems necessary, no? The world is weak, Volgare, and the Zemotze only seek to make it stronger. The time of Tristren is over. Your armies, your monarchy…and even your weapons have fallen to them.”
Volgare tried to pull himself free, but was surprised to have a shock of lightning run through him as he did. The sting lasted for merely a second, but it was strong. He breathed slowly to relieve the pain.
A laugh came now from the cold voice. He knelt down beside Volgare, his breath becoming profound to the ear. “You tell me where the rest of your bloodline lives, and you may just be fortunate enough to leave this barn once again.”
“I am the last,” Volgare replied, voice raspy now. A foot met his stomach, and the earth met his face once again. “Deceit will only bring death – not like that is avoidable in the broad picture. Even now, my master’s army marches south through your lands. It is already over, Volgare.”
Swallowing, Volgare only breathed heavily, praying that the assassin’s words were false.
Leaning so close Volgare could smell his breath, the elf whispered. “We can end this peacefully…you could put your bloodline to a well placed, and even applauded…use.”
An Interview with Chad L.E McGhie
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I cannot call the exact moment the lightbulb went off in my head, but I had always gravitated to books at an early age. Stories of all kinds intrigued me, and from films to video games, back to comic books and literature, I was hooked. Like any other young boy, I was enthralled by superheroes, mythical creatures, and fictional worlds. Whether it be drawing or writing, it seemed like my imagination exploded anytime I picked up a writing utensil. I quickly learned, however, that drawing wasn’t necessarily my strongest skill, but I could paint entire plots, places, and people with my words. As I grew older, I refined my voice to not only write fantasy, but I turned my emotional words into poetic music in the form of rap.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Well, I suppose it depends on what part of the world I landed on! Supposing I was as powerless as a civilian as I am in real life, I would probably run around in panic, knowing what I know. But, with that knowledge, I would also know that I could learn power, and the idea of learning magic sounds like a ton of fun. If I was successful in that endeavor, I would likely try to help as many people as I could. And, if I was able to run into the party that travels with Hinro, the main character, I would shake all of their hands, and wish them luck on their journey.
-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)
This is a tough question, as the reader sits side by side with Hinro through his turmoil as they read Legend of the Tragik. He might share a sentimental story of his parents, or a funny and embarrassing story about Jenry, his close friend and ally. They tend to get into trouble together often, as shown in the early chapters of the book. As far as his own darkness goes, though, a large part of the novel’s journey is traversing the madness that becomes Hinro’s perspective.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
I actually do not drink anymore! I am seven plus years free of alcohol. However, if I did drink, this is an easy question to answer: Wolsvaren, the half-wolf. He is never far away from some rum, despite the nature of his terrifying transformation. I won’t give away too much, but readers who enjoy Legend of the Tragik will certainly see that Wolsvaren is very much the life of the party – despite its often comedic consequences.
-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?
What else do you do? Humbly accept the challenge, obviously, and hope he doesn’t dwarf-kick me to oblivion.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I feel like I could write in any genre at times, but then I start to really think about that question, and I honestly would be hard-pressed to be able to write a romance novel, despite having romantic elements within some of my stories. I do not think that I could not write romance in the traditional sense, at least – and I mean no offense to those who are fans of the romance or erotica genres. I struggle to focus and take romance works seriously, and I feel that would translate to writing one – I tend to save my romantic words for my wife. Ironically, I am more likely to make a hip-hop song that is more romantic, as with a select few of my songs. Whenever it comes to writing stories, though, I tend to be most comfortable in fantasy and science fiction, as well as more modern-styled works.
About Chad L.E McGhie
Chad L.E McGhie, also known as Chad W. McGhie, is a diverse and exciting entertainer from Alberta, Canada. A father of five, author, and hip-hop musican, his life is full of adventure and excitement that he only hopes translates into his creative works. Whether you are enjoying his music, attending a performance, or now reading his novels, Chad L.E McGhie aims to please his audiences wherever they may be.
You can find Chad L.E McGhie on YouTube, streaming platforms, most social media websites, as well as www.everestingenuity.com.
Chad sincerely hopes you enjoy the journey that is Legend of the Tragik, and thanks you for coming along.
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