About The Author
RANDY LINDSAY is a world traveler. Which sounds impressive until you realize the worlds he visits exist only in his mind and on the pages of his novels. He claims to prefer this method of sightseeing because he can stop at any time, go to the kitchen, and indulge his ice cream addiction. When he isn't busy making things up he likes going to movies with his wife to watch what other people have made up and plays board games with his children who are in the habit of making up the rules as they go along.
Battlementals: Quest for the Harmonicon is Randy's third published book and the first in a series of stories that take place in the Battlemental universe. He switched to writing full time in 2011 and has had two novels published through Bonneville Books.
His journey as an author has been an exciting one, full of unexpected discoveries. One of those being the decision to focus more of his writing on middle-grade fantasy. The fact that the style feels more natural to Randy might be an indication that he is really just a kid at heart.
The second unexpected discovery was that he enjoyed marketing. Book signings, writing workshops, and podcasts about storytelling all gave him opportunities to discuss what he loves with others who share the same interest. This combined with the decision to write middle-grade stories led to his development of C.A.S.T. (a program intended to show children and teens how to incorporate storytelling into their everyday lives).
Between books, Randy answered a few questions about himself.
Q: When did you decide to become a writer?
A: I've always been a storyteller, but it wasn't until after I met my wonderful wife that I decided to decided to try my hand at writing.
Q: Where do you come up with all of your ideas?
A: My mind is only loosely set in reality. It has a tendency to wander to all sorts of unusual places.
Q: Who is your favorite character that you've written?
A: The book hasn't been published yet, but it would be Dave Watson from Exit Stage Left. Dave is an ex-surfer who sells used-cars in Hollywood. He helps his best friend, Sherlock Jones, to solve murder cases. I love him because he embraces life. He considers himself to be lucky to working in the movie capitol of the world and seems to see the best in everyone he meets.
Q: What is your favorite flavor ice cream?
A: Is that a trick question? All of them are my favorite - except strawberry.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny.
Q: Who is your favorite band?
A: Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." Charles Swindoll.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: Yes. "No matter where you go . . . there you are." Buckaroo Banzai.