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Get to Know Author Ernst Dabel

Good morning readers!
Today we have author, Ernst Dabel joining us to talk about his book, Pantheons.

On the streets, they call fifteen year old orphan Isaiah Marshall the Indestructible Diamond.  Isaiah is the leader of the Redrovers, a group of teenage misfits consisting of his friends Jeremy, Monty, and Pipsqueak, but when they trespass into Kaliber Academy to get even with the arrogant Jason Ollopa, they are in way over their heads.
Principal Webb enrolls them into the High School and Isaiah soon learns about the existence of the gods of the Ancient World. Because the gods have refused to fight the last War for fear of the Mysterious Dark, the Powers-that-Be have stripped them of their spiritual bodies and given them mortal, teenage forms.
Isaiah discovers he's not only a god, but that he's the child of the Greek goddess Metis, the son destined to overthrow his cruel and sadistic father Zeus, the Darkener of the Sky, and become the greatest god in all the Pantheons. 
Isaiah is thrown into a world where the democratic Olympians, war-mongering Norse, Gothic Celts, firstborn Egyptians, the enlightened Hindu, the animal-like Aztecs, the martial artist Asians, the intelligent Babylonians, the great spirits of the Native American Indians, and the fierce Finnish will war against one another for the greatest of all prizes: the Dominion.

Who or what inspires your writing?
My brother Les who’s also my agent inspired my writing. He is the one who came up with the idea of having a story where all the gods of the ancient world went to school together as teenagers. He asked me if I could imagine how cool it would be if Zeus were to fight Odin. I didn’t need to hear anything else. I was sold with his idea and so I went to work until Pantheons was completed.

When did you know you would be a writer?
I was twelve years old and I had just finished reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Silmarillion. That book had evoked within me the flames of my creativity for the first time in my life. It was then that I knew I would be a writer someday.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
My first novel, ALBINO, I wrote it in three weeks. ALBINO will be released in March 2012.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I would have to say that pulling away from the story is the hardest part of writing for me. As my wife, Aba, can already tell you, once I get into a story, I tend to forget about food, drink, sleep, and yep even breathing, LOL (grins), but thank God, she yanks me away when she feels I’ve been glued to writing for too long, LOL :)

Do you have any writing rituals?
I don’t have any writing rituals, but I am always ready with pen and paper wherever I go. So whenever the story takes me, I can start writing wherever I am.

Have you written any thing else?
Aside from the PANTHEONS and ALBINO series, I’m also writing a third, but for that one, I’m not ready to talk about it yet.

Any advice to aspiring writers?
Never give up your dream of writing! Every morning when you wake up say it out loud to yourself, “I will become a writer! I know I am a bestselling author!” You know it’s true, so say it, believe it, and make your dream come true!

Who are your favorite Authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Patrick Rothfuss, Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, Paulo Coelho, Richard A. Knaak, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Orson Scott Card, Laurell K. Hamilton, C.S. Marks, George R.R. Martin, and many others. I’ve had the honor of publishing them all. The only person I missed was J.R.R. Tolkien, because he died in 1973, and I was born in 1975. It’s my greatest regret in life that I did not get a chance to see him when he was alive and therefore missed the opportunity to personally ask him if I could adapt his work.

What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
My favorite books are The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and the Silmarillion. I can’t believe that once upon a time as a little boy that I hated books. I really don’t know what I was thinking. But one Christmas when I was 12 years old, my brother Les (who’s now my agent) bought me The Hobbit for Christmas! Well, you can very well imagine my frustration. My brother hounded me from one room to another, and would not give me a moment’s peace until I read the book. Eventually, I gave up and ‘pretended’ to read the book. It began with ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.’ I was confused, but very curious about a lot of things. Little did I realize at that moment that Tolkien had hooked me, reeled me in, and baptized me into a voracious reader, I didn’t know this at the time, but my life would never be the same ever again.

What are you currently reading?
Right now I am reading Ravenshade by C.S. Marks.

How do readers find out more about you?
Readers can email me at edabel@dabelbrothers.com if they have any questions. They can also go to my Facebook
and my Fanpage

From Ernst to readers;
“Albino does to woodland creatures what Lord of the Rings did for fantasy back in Tolkien’s time. In other words Albino takes woodland creatures into a story that even adults would care to read. ;)”

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