Stefan M. Nardi is a fantasy author and the editor of the Beyond The Deepwoods fantasy short story anthology which includes my story The Tunnel Runner.
Stefan kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me about his process with his writing partners, more about his novels, his story in the anthology - and more!
Q. Please tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Stefan M. Nardi, I’m 23 years old and I live in Brisbane, Australia. I write Epic Fantasy and Science Fiction with my brother and one of my friends.
Q. What is your favourite book and why?
There are so many to choose from, and it’s so hard to pick just one. It’s very close, but my favourite book would have to be Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.
It was the first “Grown Up” fantasy book that I ever read, basically the book that moved me from reading Young Adult Fantasy into reading “Grown Up” fantasy books. Oddly enough, I actually found it in my school library in the YA section, clearly someone didn’t read it before putting it there.
Q. What got you into writing?
I’ve always loved reading and writing (I worked out the other day that I have read about 950 books in my lifetime). I have dreamed about being a professional author since I was about 10 years old.
Of course, I grew up around the time I finished High School and realised that wasn’t a sensible option so I went to study business at university. And then I met this amazing girl and I decided that I would write stories to impress her (it worked!) and eventually I started writing other stuff too and then I published my first book in 2016.
Q. You have written some books and stories with a partner, Jacob S. Nardi, how does that process work?
I actually have two writing partners, Jacob S. Nardi (my brother) and Damian Jeffrey. The process with each partner is very different.
I’m kind of like a puppy. I’ll come up with something and be like “Oh let’s do this, and this, and this. Let’s do that too, that’ll be awesome.” It generally leads to me going down lots of rabbit holes.
When I’m working with Jacob, he usually grouchily pulls me back into line to focus on the story and then cleans up all of the little bits that I don’t think about properly. So usually I will do the outline and then he will go at it with a red pen (with great enthusiasm). Once the outline is done, I’ll write the first draft and then give it over to Jacob and his red pen. Usually it continues like this until we are happy with the story.
When I am working with Damian, it usually consists of us working on the outline together, then Damian will write the first draft, I’ll go through it and rewrite anything that I think needs re-writing and then Damian will go over it again, or vice-versa.
Q. You are the editor of the Beyond The Deepwoods fantasy short story anthology, what made you decide to create an anthology?
For me, creating a short story anthology was actually more of a social thing. I figured it would be a great way to meet and get to know some other authors who write in my genre, a way to find new readers, and just an all-round fun project to work on. There have been a few hiccups along the way, as there always is with any group of significant size, but overall it has been a great experience and I have met some fantastic people.
Q. Please let us know more about your story in the anthology?
The story I have written for the anthology is the “origin story” for one of the characters in my upcoming book Iron Maidens. If I say much more I’ll give away the story, but there will be plenty of magic, laughs, tragedy and Owl Bears!
Q. Can you tell us about your books Crossbones and Iron Maidens?
Crossbones was the first book I ever wrote. It’s a swashbuckling tale that follows two brothers on their quest for revenge against the people who murdered their parents. It has lots of magic, monsters, pirates, and a good dose of humour mixed in as well.
Iron Maidens is something that I have been working on for quite a while. I’ve come quite a long way as a writer since I wrote Crossbones and I think that Iron Maidens shows that. It’s an Epic Fantasy tale that follows two veteran warriors as they set out to free their land from a ruthless tyrant.
Q. What did you most enjoy about writing those novels?
I have always loved Fantasy. I love the magic, the monsters, the strange creatures and unusual beings that inhabit worlds filled with wonder and beauty. I absolutely love creating worlds like this and bringing them to life.
Q. What writing projects are you currently working on / excited about?
I’m kind of like an energiser bunny on crack sometimes, so I have about 50 projects at any given time. I’m still currently working on Iron Maidens and its sequels, which I am having a great time with. Beyond The Deepwoods just launched. I have an Urban Fantasy anthology coming out in the middle of the year and I also have another fantasy series that I’m working on with Damian. So just a few things.
Q. Where can readers find out more about you?
Readers can find more information on my website. They can also head over to my Facebook page and talk to my friendly mail gnome, Gikwig, by sending me a message. He is loads of fun!
Beyond The Deepwoods is out now! The ebook is currently £0.99 \ $0.99 (as of 15th April, 2018) and available from Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Barnes & Noble.
My story in the anthology, The Tunnel Runner, is set in the same world as epic fantasy Melokai (In the Heart of the Mountains #1). The action takes place twenty-five years before the events of the novel. You can read the opening scene here.
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