Interview: Daniel Tinsley (The Noble Ones)

May 16, 2011
I am very excited to present this interview with debut author Daniel Tinsley. His historical fantasy novel, The Noble Ones, has recently been released by Pill Hill Press and has already received a couple of favorable reviews on GoodReads, which we all know is hard to get. πŸ˜€
On the surface, Aidan’s life seems no different from any other young man living during the waning years of the 18th century; he has a charming girlfriend, a thriving clock shop, and a sizable stretch of land. While repairing his late father’s pocket watch, he deciphers a hidden message that unlocks the truth of his lineage and plunges him into a world filled with the fantastical. Aidan’s journey takes him through enchanted forests, across sprawling country sides, and into the underbelly of corrupt cities where he battles political adversaries who will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo. (GoodReads)

Do you have any writing quirks?

I listen to music; puts me in the zone.

Where did the idea of The Noble Ones originate?

While sitting in my high school freshman history class, which was in 2002. We were supposed to be working on a particular assignment but my mind decided to wander and the story stuck with me and developed over the years.

What was the writing process like?

I would write whenever and wherever I could. As a student, in high school and then college, I had to find time in between class/homework/and a social life. Once I graduated and started working, I was able to devote more of myself to the story.

Did you have to do much research for the 18th Century setting?

Not too much. Since it has a fantasy element to it I was able to have some leeway with reality.

If you had to describe The Noble Ones using three words, what would they be?

Enchanting. Mysterious. Enthralling.

How has working with Pill Hill Press been?

Absolutely awesome. The idea of being published was very intimidating but PHP has been truly fantastic to work with. I have loved the interactivity of dealing with a smaller publishing house.

What are you working on next?

I have a few very different ideas that I’m playing around with right now; whichever one really takes root and grabs my attention is what I’ll end up diving into. I am enjoying the freedom of short stories at the moment, too.

What are three to five things your readers may not know about you?

I’m 24 years old; work for the U.S. Senate; Christopher Nolan fan; is a die-hard Hokie.


Thank you, Daniel, for a great interview! πŸ™‚ If you would like to learn more about Daniel and The Noble Ones, please visit the following site:

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