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Interview with Daniel Potter


DANIEL POTTER writes about creatures that are generally considered highly improbable, from talking cats, flying reptiles made of living metal, and people who sprout foot-long talons when annoyed. As a biologist, he should know better but he’s always ready to leave reality outside if needs too, no matter how much it scratches at the door. He’s the author of two series, Freelance Familiars, a unique take on urban fantasy from the familiar’s perspective, and Rise of the Horned Serpent which is best described as Sky Pirates Versus Dragons. 

Can you give my readers a brief synopsis of your series Freelance Familiars?

It’s a view of a magical world from the bottom up.  Thomas Khatt wakes up one day not with magical power but as a mountain lion.  He barely figures out how to work the toilet with paws before a witch shows up and tells him to get prepared for his new life as a valuable familiar. Not wanting to spend the rest of his life mentally bound to some spoiled brat apprentice Thomas escapes, provoking a cat and mouse game (where he is a very big mouse) as the wizards hunt him with a pack of werewolves. He turns to the squirrel they hired to burn down his house for help.  He’s very short on friends.

Do you have a set amount of books planned out?

The sixth book might be the last, or maybe the seventh… We’ll see?

Tell us a little about Rise of the Horned Serpent. Is it also an adult series?

Rise of the Horned Serpent’s concept is sky pirates vs Dragons.  It’s the story of two sisters, Yaki and Ishe struggle to survive the same dragon who killed their mother and thwart his takeover of their home country. Inspired by what I love about Final Fantasy it’s a world where everything is alive and has an interest in the events around it. 

What is something that makes you cringe when you read a book?

When everybody in a book is smoking hot.  Heroes should be allowed their bald spots.  -

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I am much more determined to see a book to the end.  Its bit like wrestling a greased pig sometimes when the story isn’t quite working and I know I’ve got a lot of rewriting to do once I cross the finish line.

Does your family support your career as a writer?

My spouse, Amanda is the best at supporting me.  I couldn’t do this full time without them.

Did you design your own covers?

Hell no.  Graphic design is not my strong point.

What do you like best about the worlds you've created?

The world of RotHS has a grand hidden connection to our own.  It is sort of post-post-post apocalypse, which justified the inclusion and blending of a lot of real-world mythology. You have Coyote interacting with Shinto style animism.  Dragons are an additional level on top of

that I really enjoyed crafting it.  


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