Interview with The Curseborn Saga team

It’s a very special interview today on my blog. Four guys— Trowa, Elnath, Ace and Simon ( the four lords) who created The Curseborn saga. They are a writing team unlike any other. I chatted with them on Facebook and it was a lot of fun. You can visit their website www.curseborn.com/

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TROWA and ELNATH

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SIMON
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ACE

So first of… Introduce yourselves a bit for my readers.

Trowa D. Cloud

Hey my name is Trowa D. Cloud and I am one of the creators of the Curseborn Saga, a project I’ve been working on with Ace, Guts and Shanks for going on 7 years. I’m 29 years old, love Final Fantasy, all things anime and adventuring. Love to rock climb and surf and write and chase dreams.

Elnath D. Shanks

My name is Elnath D. Shanks and I am one of the Four Lords (these deathless ruffians that are in that chat with us).

Squall d. Ace

Squall d. Ace here I am one of the four lords creators of the Curseborn saga

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

My name is Guts. I have a wife and 2 boys. I grew up playing video games primarily rpgs. And bring my amassed knowledge of that to the project as a creator on the Curseborn saga

How did you guys get together to create The Curseborn Saga? Childhood friends you guys?

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

I think Trowa can answer for all of us since he amassed the crew

Trowa D. Cloud

You could say Shanks and I are childhood friends, since he’s my brother lol

Squall d. Ace

(Little more ‘bout me) im the same as Cloud basically but taller and a bit more addicted to anime

Trowa D. Cloud

Dude

Seriously this is a no lying zone

We all know I’m taller and better at climbing

I met Guts and Ace working at a video game store when we were in our late teens

So Trowa is the leader?

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

He wouldn’t claim that, he’s too humble

Trowa D. Cloud

They are epic friends and I love ‘em and we didn’t start working on this project for a long time after we met

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

But I would say he is our heart in the project

Trowa D. Cloud

Aw thanks man much love my brother

Elnath D. Shanks

We all create the story together, but Cloud compiles it and writes the books. Cloud is the author of the books.

Trowa D. Cloud

J Not without much help from these guys, without them there is no story to write

Tell me about The Curseborn Saga

Trowa D. Cloud

It is very much a team project and can only survive as thus

Elnath D. Shanks

Cloud-San go ahead…

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

I met cloud when I worked at game crazy. I thought he was some “bro” nothing special then he asked me to get the scratches out of copy of final fantasy 7 and we got to talking. That’s how our friendship started. I later met ace and shanks through Trowa

Trowa D. Cloud

CBS is a high fantasy mythic epic that is light-hearted; adventurous and comical, while embodying the essence of old myths and the intensity of an epic all in one

It is a story about two brothers (among many, many other characters) who go on an adventure to fight the strongest people in their world (the floating lands of Soria) and how their adventure unites a fallen country, and changes their world forever

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

We took what we loved from traditional anime style formats and broke it down to create a story as intricate and vast as those in long running epic animes

Squall d. Ace

One piece and bleach good examples

Can you tell me more about CBS, like what kinds of characters are in it, the geography of the world..etc?

Trowa D. Cloud

Haha I still have that copy of FF7 you mended for me bra

We write from a massive cast including two cursed brothers, 3 adopted daughters of the Empress, gods and goddesses alike, evil men and conniving old women, among many other funny, sad, and unique characters.

Elnath D. Shanks

The story takes place on two lands floating in the sky, Risia: Realm of the Nobles, Falia: Realm of the Curseborn. The people that inhabit the land are called Sorians and it is lore of the land that they are descendants of dragons.

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

Imagine earth but its barren. Nothing much on it. That is mortal aeryx in our story. Above it float two continents in the shape of wings connected by a large stone bridge and coliseum in the middle. These two lands are Falia and Risia respectively.

Trowa D. Cloud

Similar to an anime the characters are very unique to their individuality

You guys have a massive fan following on fb. How did you get so popular?

Elnath D. Shanks

Ace is really good looking and does male modelling sometimes. But Cloud is really strategic and has developed social media strategies to increasing interaction.

Trowa D. Cloud

We started with making a page that other fans could relate to

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

We spent a lot of time connecting with likeminded pages and individuals. Then we tailored our page to include a lot of interaction. After that it spread

Trowa D. Cloud

So we like to do versus battles between chars of the anime/fantasy/marvel realm while holding on Instagram a page that is more focused on our raw content

Yeah, tell me about these ‘battles’.

Trowa D. Cloud

Alright

AJ

You know Goku from DBZ?

And do you know Superman?

Elnath D. Shanks

The story is adapting to Manga, the first volume called The Curseborn Saga, Volume 1: Brothers and Sisters is releasing on July 1st. Lately, the Instagram page has been telling the story through individual manga page posts.

Yep, know Goku

Trowa D. Cloud

Well .. Who would win if they fought, and why?

Ps Guts is hard to beat in this game.

Haha, maybe The Dark Knight jumps in between!

Trowa D. Cloud

People who like our page eventually find out what we do as admins 😊

Elnath D. Shanks

Haha MARTHA!

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

You have to pick one.

Trowa D. Cloud

Haha exactly dude

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

But that’s the thing everyone has their character and belief and they will defend them to the death

Trowa D. Cloud

Ace is quiet because we just measured who is taller and I beat him by a whole inch

So who does the actual writing of your books? Trowa (name is on the cover)?

Trowa D. Cloud

True that

Yeah I write Em but I’m slow hehe

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

That drives comments and likes and shares on the page

Trowa D. Cloud

Lots of help and lots of edits

(superman)

Trowa D. Cloud

(Psh Goku would totally win :P)

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

Cloud writes it all and the rest of us create and help edit after

Trowa D. Cloud

And during

And before

It took 2 and a half years or creation and world building before I wrote anything

Squall d. Ace

We focus grouped the entire plot basically minus what Trowa adds based on his experience and inspirations from us as he writes

Who designs the website? How do you go about the process of creating a book? Trowa writes and shows it to others everyday?

Trowa D. Cloud

Haha everyday no that’s impossible

This is a complicated question

But I’ll try and simplify it

Elnath D. Shanks

We have a crew member that develops the website but Cloud and I handle design.

Trowa D. Cloud

A book is essentially 45% creation 10% writing and 45% editing

You have many other collaborators too. What do they do?

Elnath D. Shanks

They are in our crew of dreamers we call the Deathless. They are fellow artists that are also pursuing their dreams.

Trowa D. Cloud

Once it’s entirely mapped out and we know where it’s going we plan out the individual scenes and then I sit down and write and once a book is done I send it out for its rounds through the crew

Some collaborators are a part of the project, others are friends of ours who are artists

How many books have you guys sold?

Trowa D. Cloud

Well haha

Check this out

The normal self published book sells 117 total units in its lifetime

We did 10x that in our first 6 months

So it’s going good so far but we really want an anime to come of this

You are definitely on the road to success. Other indies walk alone, you guys have created a publishing house of your own! About the manga, who is the artist? When’s it releasing?

Elnath D. Shanks

Sean Lam is the artist. We held a contest back in December of 2014 that involved 140 artists from around the world. Sean clearly won and began working on the manga in March of 2015. The first volume will pre-release at Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-con in July, but then we will pull it off until the official release. We plan to officially release it when we sign with a publishing house. Our hope is to partner with Viz Media, the American subsidiary of Shueisha.

Tell me about Curseborn merchandise.

Trowa D. Cloud

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Trowa D. Cloud

There’s a preview of the cover for the manga, about 12 days left till exclusive pre-release

(looks cool!)

Trowa D. Cloud

(*pokes Guts*)

Elnath D. Shanks

The inventory is expanding. We have a few original t-shirt designs that we take with us from convention to convention, and also sell online. We just signed with People’s Choice Apparel, a US based apparel company to do blankets, shirts, phone cases, and sweatshirts. On top of that, we sell posters. We’re developing toys and we want to start crafting weapons and items from the story. We sell prints of paintings done by our cover artist Jon C. Pool.

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

I was writing put our inventory

Trowa D. Cloud

(*looks down at Ace (since I’m taller) ^^/

Elnath D. Shanks

Send it Simon!

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

I erased it

Trowa D. Cloud

Lol

Elnath D. Shanks

Lololol

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

So yeah we got t shirts and shit

Elnath D. Shanks

Hahaha

Trowa D. Cloud

Haha

Squall d. Ace

You can also rent our author

Elnath D. Shanks

He’s cheap

Trowa D. Cloud

How can you even see me from down there, Ace?

Squall d. Ace

Your hanging upside down bro

Elnath D. Shanks

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Cloud on the right Ace on the left. Ace is clearly taller.

Wow! I’ve never heard other indies do that!… Anyway, on which platform have you guys been most successful? Amazon, smashwords or your own website?

Elnath D. Shanks

They’re both standing up

Trowa D. Cloud

Dude I’m sitting and he’s standing

Elnath D. Shanks

We are most successful in person at conventions

Trowa D. Cloud

Yeah at cons dude

 

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

When we talk to people and explain our story we also get new fans

So you sell print more than ebooks? That’s definitely more like trad publishing!

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

Even though ebooks are gaining in popularity, it still only makes up around 10 percent of the market

Elnath D. Shanks

Online platforms require marketing to get the reach to people who don’t know about the book. We don’t put any money into marketing yet, all of it goes to the constant development of content.

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

People still want to hold a physical copy

Trowa D. Cloud

Yeah dude almost all physical books

Besides a book in the hand is better to read anyhow 🤓

So, we are nearing the end of the interview, only a few questions left… Anyway, how many words does Trowa write in a day?

Elnath D. Shanks

Words?

Squall d. Ace

Ah really depends on the day I can vouch I’ve seen him sit down for 18 hours straight

Trowa D. Cloud

I average about 4000 words a day

Elnath D. Shanks

(18 hours and he still only got down 3 words)

Trowa D. Cloud

But I’ve done over 7000 in a day not too rare

Elnath D. Shanks

(But they were epic words)

Trowa D. Cloud

They were “I’m on break” lol

Trowa D. Cloud

I’m pretty quick with the writing

It’s the creation that takes a long time

Elnath D. Shanks

That is accurate

Trowa D. Cloud

I’m just putting down the hard work and ideas we create as a team

Trowa D. Cloud

A blank page is a really nice thing tho

Editing is brutal but necessary to learn for any writer

7000? Really?… I struggle to do 700!… Anyway, what advice would you give to other people who are thinking of teaming up and creating a book series like you guys?

Trowa D. Cloud

Follow your heart. Never give up. Only you can stop you. And lastly, reject common sense to make the impossible possible 😁

Elnath D. Shanks

Find people that you love and have fun with, and then go have some fun with them.

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

Have a concept that inspires. If you’re bored with it so will your audience be. Then put in the work. You need to push through all the bad times and create. As far as a team make the story your first priority among you all and your friendship will stay intact

Squall d. Ace

Take criticism well but respect it at the same time and trust your team

Trowa D. Cloud

Practice makes perfect. Read authors who you like the styles of voraciously and study them as if you were in school.

Last question. Anything you would like to add to the interview?

Trowa D. Cloud

True that Guts, story is highest priority and keeps us strong because it’s more important than all of us

(forgot to ask this) Which are your favourite books, guys?

Elnath D. Shanks

Yes, we are going to launch a Kickstarter in the fall, so if your followers like what they read in this email, please go to our website and add their email to our list. We will send out updates and news regarding the campaign. Also, on our website, you can find the whole first book for free!

Trowa D. Cloud

If anyone has any further questions at the bottom of our website www.Curseborn.com you can contact us directly | Also, and this is something unknown being released at this interview. There is a remastered edition of book 1 Fade to black being released in 2 weeks at Anime Expo. It is slightly longer, and the novellas will be now called Shards instead.

Squall d. Ace

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

Last words: everyone has something that they want to do but never act on it. They think someone else will do it someone else is doing it. They think they have nothing to offer. But everyone does whether it be a story or a skill. Just throw away your apprehension and do something and the rewards will be infinite

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

Cloud of sparrows favourite book

Elnath D. Shanks

Amen, Gatsu.

Squall d. Ace

Amen

Trowa D. Cloud

Favorite books are ~ Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, The Name of the Wind, The Alchemist, Harry Potter and the Eragon series, the old man and the sea **

Elnath D. Shanks

My favorite story is One Piece.

Trowa D. Cloud

Yeiiiii One Piece !

Elnath D. Shanks

I’m a film director so I’ll stick with the screen content.

Squall d. Ace

One piece for sure!!

Trowa D. Cloud

Final Fantasy 7/8/9/10!

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

My favorite anime slash manga is Berserk

Trowa D. Cloud

Gurren Lagann !

Elnath D. Shanks

Lastly, Goku vs. Superman…

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Elnath D. Shanks

 

Top is Shanks, Gatsu on left, Ace on right, Cloud at bottom

Haha, sure!… Bye for now, it was fun chatting with you guys.

Simon Gatsu Sandoval

Sounds good thank you aj!

Elnath D. Shanks

Cheers AJ, thank you and have a good one.

Trowa D. Cloud

That’s Ace first then Guts and then me and Shanks (me left shanks right)

Thanks AJ good to meet you dude

Squall d. Ace

Thx aj!


A. J. Chaudhury is a young author from India writing mostly in the fantasy genre. His historical low fantasy short “A Song of Blood” releases shortly. Click here to download his fantasy novella “The Drabird” for free.

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About A J Chaudhury

A. J. Chaudhury is a young author from India of fantasy and historical fiction. His short story "A Song of Blood", set in historical Pragjotisha, has released recently, and more tales are following soon.
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