Interview with Demetrius from A World Apart
Tell us about your family?
I was raised in Dove’s Meadow by my father, Lacuna, and my grandfather, Granicus. Granicus is a legendary soldier that won renown throughout Himordia though he turned his back on the chance of power and retired to the simple life of a shepherd. No one but him knows why. My father never had it in him to be a soldier and took to the shepherd life more smoothly. I know nothing of my mother. I asked my father once but his pained expression was enough for me to realise I should never ask again.
If you could apologise to someone in your past who would it be?
My childhood friends – Eleyna and Halcyon. Though what happened between us wasn’t entirely down to me, I do know I will always carry some of the responsibility. If I could see them I would say I’m sorry for the things I did and what it led to for the three of us.
Who should play you in a film?
I would favour an actor like Jake Gyllenhaal or maybe Leonardo DiCaprio. A World Apart covers my entire life so make-up artists would be overworked if one person alone played me!
What makes you happy?
Friendship has brought me more pleasure than anything. Growing up I was with Eleyna and Halcyon and those were the happiest days of my life. When I left Dove’s Meadow to join the army my best friend was Nacre. I spent more years with him than anyone else I’ve ever known.
What one best describes you?
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
Eleyna and Halcyon would say I was an extravert growing up. We were always together and though I wasn’t always the most outspoken we were never complete if you took one of us away. These days Nacre would tell you I’m more of an introvert. I like to be alone with my own thoughts now I’m older, to reflect on the past and consider what might have been.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That I wish I had never picked up a sword and instead followed in my father’s footsteps. Though I was born to be a soldier and excelled as one, I would gladly have given it all up for the life I one knew with my father, with Halcyon, but most of all with Eleyna.
Demetrius makes his first mistake when he lets his best friend Halcyon marry Eleyna, the love of his life, without saying a word. On the day of the wedding, he walks away from the Elencheran town of Dove's Meadow and joins the army.
He makes his second mistake when the pirate Black Iris tricks him into letting dozens of men, women and children die in a fire. Demetrius is imprisoned in grief and disgrace.
But he can atone. The Black Iris is dead. The Ivory Rose has risen to the top of the pirates and is leading brutal raids on the coast. If Demetrius can capture and kill her, he'll win his pardon.
And then Demetrius discovers the Ivory Rose is Eleyna. He must decide which will be his third mistake: losing his last chance at a pardon or destroying the one woman he's ever loved.
David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David's dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.