The Singer and the Charlatan
by D.C. Fergerson
Leanna Moonbody dreams of playing at the Saul Amphitheater. With just one adventure to fund her trip, she meets up with a priestess that dreams of a massive flock to take on a pilgrimage. Together, Leanna will set up the crowds, and Priestess Trixi will bring them to Our Lord.
With an elf, dwarf, rogue, pixie and a paladin on their side, they set out to realize both their dreams. They just have to maneuver past a lovesick noble, the clergy, a deranged halfling that can’t seem to die, and a plague.
What could possibly go wrong?
“Ooh, this is exciting,” Leanna said with a smile, grabbing up Tear and Jonathan’s hands.
With the circle complete, Trixi looked to the ceiling.
“Lord. Oh, Lord, who is great and true. Take this offering of Form R226 and whatever leftovers we have here from dinner. Commune with me so that I may be a better Fawnspear, walking the path of truth. May it be really, really funny.”
With that, the scroll burned away before their eyes. Then, nothing. The silence became awkward.
“Did it not work?” Jonathan asked.
“Quiet,” Trixi demanded, turning her ear to the table.
The faint sound of terribly boring music filled the space all around the table. Any old ear would think it came from the building next door, but the trained ear of a Thistlite knew better. She listened to the song for a moment with her eyes closed.
Leanna joined in, leaning in to try and make out the tune. Suddenly, a loud voice spoke out, scaring her so bad she almost fell out of her chair.
“Our Lord is currently speaking with another faithful! You are very important to Our Lord! Your prayer shall be heard in the order it was received!”
Leanna broke the circle. “Oh, come on! Why did that have to be the loud part?”
“Leanna, you must be quiet,” Trixi whispered. “I’m sure he’ll be here soon.”
An avid reader, fantasy gamer, humorist, husband, and father. I wear a lot of hats, some of them terribly silly, with feathers and such. I’ve channeled years Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and late-night stand-up comics into a series full of wit, charm, magic, and laughs.
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Interview with D.C. Fergerson
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Many years of tabletop roleplaying games. I’ve spent most of my adult life playing one campaign or another. I love being a player, but the most fun I’ve had and my biggest inspiration is in creating these stories and watching others bring their characters to life inside it, which is what I did with The Singer and the Charlatan. It allows me to interact with these characters, literally, in a way few writers ever could.
How did you do research for your book?
I never had to go farther than my kitchen table. I was able to watch these characters find their voice, develop, and grow independent of me. There are no compromises to make for the sake of the narrative that would seem out of character.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
Currently, I work full-time in IT. Basically, I repair computers over the internet for a living. It’s everything you’d expect from me, which is probably why I hate it so much.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Easily I’d enjoy being around in the post-WWII, baby boom era. Literature, especially stage plays, were at the top of their game, cinema was just born, rock and roll was about to take the world by storm, and anyone could buy a home and a piece of Americana. It was a great time to be alive.
What is your next project?
Book two, The Princess and the Holy Juggernaut, releases in a little over a month from now. Priestess Trixi and Leanna continue their adventure all the way to the fabled Magic City, friends become enemies, enemies try to kill our heroes with a Juggernaut, and a lot of people die. It’s going to be great. After that, my ‘anti-romance’ novel Horses on the Wind comes out in spring/summer, and I’m currently planning book three for the end of the year.
D.C. Fergerson will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.