BCR Fegan

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BCR Fegan

I think you can tell a good children’s book by the desire of a child to hear it read to them again… and again! Or perhaps to see a child sitting by themselves engrossed in the story – turning each page and even reading aloud what they remember of the text. A good children’s book often goes beyond the narrative of the story itself and provides instead a platform from which the child’s own imagination takes flight.

It is from this place that the stories you find here have been crafted. Written not, by the adult carefully layering imaginative themes upon any number of agenda’s, but instead written by the child within. These are tales where anything can happen and where adventures lurk around every corner. Each story begins with the desire to delight young children; to tantalise their imaginations; and to kindle their curiosity.

Through each story’s natural progression, there are certainly lessons that parents can easily highlight to their children. However the main focus of each and every one of these books is for the reader and child alike to simply sit back, get drawn into the adventure, and enjoy a good tale.

I hope you enjoy them!

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BCR Fegan – Author Bio

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BCR Fegan is a multi-award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.

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BCR Fegan is a multi-award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults. He is inspired by stories that resonate deeply with our desire for adventure, yearning for magic and search for meaning. When Fegan is not writing children’s books, he is forging worlds in the realm of Young Adult Fiction.

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BCR Fegan is a multi-award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.

Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of natures ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books.

As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors like Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. He was mesmerised by the potency of small but beautiful phrases that were carefully carved from the minds of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Frost. He grew to appreciate the worlds meticulously created by David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Eventually, he began to forge his own complete works. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds. Agonising over plots that would inspire, characters that would be loved and circumstances that would delight. In time, his efforts saw a number of children’s books and young adult fiction produced. Through the efforts of TaleBlade Press, these works are now being published with that same careful dedication.

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BCR Fegan – Interview Questions

Background

How did you get into writing?

The journey has actually been quite intentional. As a child I was always interested in reading and writing. I loved the idea that fiction had no boundaries but our imaginations. As I grew older, my fascination extended to poetry and to classical prose. To me, a writer wielded a pen like an artist held a paintbrush. With each stroke, worlds could be created, minds expanded, emotions could overflow and beauty beheld. In the hands of a master, writing could grip the heart and envelope the mind like any piece of music or motion picture. Sentences held such humble power. Laying on a page and calling out to no-one. Yet to those who chose to read them, like magic they could release upon the mind such inspiration, that they would change a person completely. This is the power of words.

Before I graduated high-school I had written quite a few stories and had filled many notebooks with further ideas. As time went on, I began to build such a large collection of stories and ideas that I decided I should begin the process of publishing them.

Besides writing, what are your other interests?

I have an insatiable curiosity with all things life. From philosophy, religion and human nature to fitness, physics and the beauty of wildlife. I love to experience things deeply, as well as to simply sit in the moment and just think.

Does your professional expertise lie in writing/English literature/etc.?

My professional expertise actually lies at the curious intersection of military and theological affairs. Both of these areas have the similar effect of tearing you away from the mundanity of life in their own way, and both have no doubt had an influence on how I approach my writing. Militarily speaking, I am fascinated by human nature in fragile, extreme or dangerous conditions. The military essentially deals in political situations of the highest consequences, and this in turn has traditionally manifested in moments of incredible courage, pain, inspiration and even love. War has a strange way of amplifying our emotions in every direction.

The theological influence tends to manifest itself in my fascination with the deeper mysteries of life. It’s like seeing the adventure of living from a larger perspective. There is an eeriness and strange wonder in knowing that secrets and mysteries handed down from the beginning of time continue to influence the world around us.

In the end, I think my professional life has reinforced my desire to always tell the ‘epic story’. To create tales that not only stir the emotions of the reader, but to delve into moments of inspiration and purpose. To reveal human nature in its fragility but also at its best. In the end, if a story doesn’t change us then what is the point?

Finding Inspiration

You have said in the past that you are inspired by classic fairy tales. Is this style of writing still relevant for today?

Certainly. The structure and style of classic fairy tales today may not be in vogue, yet they remain the benchmark for imaginative writing. What I think is so incredible about fairy tales is that they have a curious way of embedding themselves in our minds. We remember them, often fondly. They hold a strange magic over us, but at their root, they seem to go against what we would consider to be an appropriate story for children. The same, in fact, might be true for classic nursery rhymes.

Often fairy tales are filled with violence, horror or cruel punishment, yet most of us would not remember them this way. In addition, some of the morals contained within these stories may be considered ambiguous, outdated, or lacking any true value. So why do children and adults alike continue to hold such fascination with them? I think the reality is that storytellers of the past actually had more of an understanding about these things than we often give them credit for. Their world was a world of reality, harsh truth and deep thought. Today, we live in a world driven by entertainment, comfort and untested values. It’s only natural that writers today reflect this to some degree. However deep down I think everyone is still inspired by the possibility of entering into our own ‘Once upon a time’, and one day achieving that elusive ‘happily ever after’. This is why fairy tales continue to hold relevance today – as rare as they may have become.

What are you reading right now and what books are you interested in reading next?

I am currently reading Tai Kung’s Six Secret Teachings. An interesting and thought provoking book in its own right.

I don’t actually have any thoughts on what I might read next. It is always an adventure. One thing is for sure though – I am the harshest judge of book covers in the world. I enjoy bookstores (real ones, not so much the online variety), and have been known to spend hours seeking out my next read. I have found I follow a reasonably similar pattern each time I peruse potential titles. I will firstly look for a book that has a good look. I want to be inspired or intrigued simply by looking at it. Secondly, I will read the synopsis to determine if the storyline itself draws me in. If it is sufficiently exciting, I will begin reading the first few sentences of the prologue or first chapter. My hope is that the writing is compelling and well-constructed. A book that is able to pass these three gateways is often purchased.

I tend to steer clear of reviews or hype. I understand that social proof is often the most efficient way of making a decision, but it is certainly the least effective. My (far more) time consuming system obviously has its drawbacks, but I enjoy the hunt as much as the read.

Writing Style / development questions

What is your ideal writing environment?

I think it depends on what I am writing. I often find myself writing feverously at the back of quietly situated café’s. Good coffee can be a writer’s best friend, so this may have something to do with it. I am also inspired by the raw power and wild beauty in nature. Old Libraries also have a strange magic within them that I find motivating.

I am yet to experience the perfect setting for uninhibited musings but I have a strong suspicion that my ideal environment would combine all three of these situations into one. To paint the picture – I would sit behind an old oak desk carved with character and charm within the confines of my private library. A fire would energetically cast a warm glow about the cosy room and through large bay windows, I would look out over forests, mountains, and perhaps a distant ocean. A storm would provide the musical ambience and the rich, roasted aroma of a good espresso would accompany a rustic, leather notebook with a smooth and nicely weighted pen.

What makes a good villain?

Crafting good villains is something I am quite passionate about. Not because I think the development of the bad guy is more important than any other character, but because I am so often disappointed at the sheer lack of depth in so many villains. It would be a strange villain indeed who is able to grasp power through the mechanism of hating all things good. Instead, I think there is more often than not a Machiavellian trait that tends to align with a moral structure quite foreign to the hero. At its core, we gravitate to characters whose outlook of the world aligns closely with ours, and tend to reject those who display conflicting characteristics. Understanding these dynamics allows us to craft curious personalities in villains that can give rise to the anti-hero, the loveable or comical villain, or one that sends shivers down the reader’s spine.

What are you currently working on?

At present, I am writing the second book to a yet-to-be-released young adult fiction series.

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