Ask the Author: Thomas Anthony Lay
What would you like readers to know about you?
Hi everyone! My name’s Thomas Anthony Lay and I live in the UK. I’ve gained a name (and notoriety) as “The Twitter Guy” from a vocal mishap on a live episode of Writer Imperfect because of my accent. (Okay, mainly a large dose of the tiredness!) I’m a writer of Dark Fantasy and am the architect of the world of Naeisus. I always aim to be reachable and approachable on social media, so feel free to drop me a tweet!
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
My record-breaking debut novel, The Age of Reckoning Volume I, is the first book set in the world of Naeisus. It’s an immersive, lore-rich, character-driven dark fantasy complete with unique races, a fast-paced plot, and an enthralling story that smashes the boundaries of traditional fantasies. If you like the stories of the Final Fantasy games and you like being plunged into new and exciting worlds that you can really be a part of, then the world of Naeisus is for you!
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I’ve had so so many sources of inspiration for writing the world of Naeisus and many of them are prevalent in the story. I’ve been inspired by almost anything I have a passion for from Viking culture through to video games and movies. Sometimes places I visit inspire elements of my story. When I travel, architecture and art are my main muse, but I can also gain inspiration from a simple conversation. I never know when it strikes, but when it does I’m sure to have my phone handy to note it down.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
My favourite part of my book to write are my characters. I really connect with each and every one of them. They each embody a small part of me which makes it easier to get into their heads and really let them drive the story. When I write, my characters take the wheel and guide the plot to the major points I have planned and it makes for really consistent, immersive storytelling.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
It was actually my school English teacher that inspired me to continue writing as she held high praise for my descriptive assignments. I’ve always loved being involved in huge, sprawling fantasy worlds and it feels really great to be the designer of my own. As for other books or authors, I guess I’m a little unorthodox as I was always more fascinated with the storytelling in video games. My biggest inspirations would be Kazushige Nojima, Daisuke Watanabe, and Motomu Toriyama, the writers of a few Final Fantasy stories, and also Shigeru Miyamoto of The Legend of Zelda fame. These are my big heroes when it comes to writing and I feel video game writing is often overlooked.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
My advice to aspiring authors would be to go for it! If it’s your passion and you love doing it, then do it! If you find the prospect of writing an entire book or series of books daunting then do what I did and start small. I started writing short horror stories of no more than 5,000 words. This sharpened my skills and allowed me to create something much bigger in the form of Naeisus. Go for it!