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Fantasy, Lore, and More with Peter Mooren
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Fantasy, Lore, and More with Peter Mooren

Hi, I’m indie fantasy author, Melinda Kucsera, and today, I’m speaking with Peter Mooren, winner of three Firebird Book Awards for his fantasy adventure, The Return of Abaddon

What’s it about?  
After surviving a tragic accident, Wilder finds himself transported to a strange new world. Hiraeth needs a hero to defeat the evil Abaddon, who returns after 2,000 years to conquer the land. Wilder embarks on a quest to find allies and fulfill a prophecy as Hiraeth’s only hope before Abaddon destroys him.

What’s in this episode:  

  • Peter will share his journey to become an award-winning author, from writing stories as a child to publishing his first novel. We’ll discuss his advice for aspiring writers based on his experiences. 

  • We’ll explore how Peter developed the world of Hiraeth, where phoenixes defeated an ancient evil and Wilder discovers his destiny. Peter will reveal details about Wilder’s mysterious arrival and the characters who aid his quest.  

  • Wilder is an unlikely hero struggling with grief and accepting his newfound purpose. We’ll discuss how Peter created a compelling protagonist on an epic adventure. 

  • Themes of loss, courage and sacrifice in the face of darkness resonate in The Return of Abaddon. We’ll explore how these themes drive Wilder’s journey of self-discovery. 

  • Find out what’s next for the Scars of Hiraeth series. Peter will tease what’s to come in future books without spoiling major surprises! 

Where to find Peter:     

About your host, Melinda Kucsera:

I am Melinda Kucsera, an indie fantasy author who wrote and published 20+ books since 2016 across 5 series. I write epic fantasy adventures about families and magical creatures who’re just trying to survive in a world that hates and fears magic but is steeped in it.

My books are full of magic and mayhem, but somehow, even the darkest adventure always ends well. ⁠Join me⁠ every week for a new story: ⁠https://www.mkucsera.com/welcomecharacters⁠

What series do I write?

  • The Curse Breaker series chronicles the adventures of a reluctant mage (Sarn), his son, and the magical creatures they befriend as they fight to save their underground city from monsters, ancient evils, and a variety of magical threats.

  • The His Angelic Keeper series follows a ghost girl who just wants to save her still-living family, not stop a demon invasion or the literal apocalypse, but she’ll do that too if she must. (This is a humorous series that stars Sarn’s twin sister from the Curse Breaker series).

  • The Robin of Larkspur series follows Robin, a woman who just wants to save her daughter from the mythical creatures that kidnapped her baby. Sarn tries to help her.

  • The Divergent Heroes series is supposed to star two knights who are partially disabled but a younger version of Sarn keeps stealing the scenes.

  • The Curse Breaker’s Companion series which includes side quests, wacky what ifs, and stories from my newsletter of Sarn and his family in our world because they won’t stay inside the epic fantasy books they star in. They’d rather visit me through a portal conveniently located in their cave.

Why am I here?

I want to give you more fun adventures, more often, and create a community of fantasy readers to share ideas with, new stories, artwork, and have fun. So I’m taking the plunge and posting chapters of my upcoming books, bonus content, podcasts, videos, audiobooks, boxed sets, deleted scenes, alternate endings and beginnings, Patron-only stories, and more.  

Become a patron now to read those stories: https://www.patreon.com/melindakucsera

About the interview:

I entered my book, Curse Breaker Enchanted, in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off 9 (SPFBO 9) this year and thought it might be cool to interview my fellow entrants. Only 300 books can enter the contest. 10 will advance to the semi-finals, and one will be crowned the winner of SPFBO 9 for 2023. I hope you're cheering for Curse Breaker Enchanted! You can grab a copy for free right now to celebrate: https://melindakucsera.com/the-more-epic-version

Where to find your host, Melinda Kucsera:

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Epic Fantasy Adventures with Melinda Kucsera
I am Melinda Kucsera, an indie fantasy author and I narrate chapters from my adventure books, talk about other fantasy books and shows and try my best not to get derailed by the shenanigans of characters who are supposed to be fictional, but they don't stay within the pages of my books. I tell all their secrets and what trouble they get into in between books. Support this podcast: <a href="https://anchor.fm/melinda-kucsera/support" rel="payment">https://anchor.fm/melinda-kucsera/support</a>
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