Jeffrey, welcome to my blog. How long have you been writing?
I have been publishing fantasy novels since 2017. The actual writing began when I was six, a few decades earlier.
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was raised in a rural town in northern Virginia, bounced arund the country a bit from Texas to Missouri, and then landed back in a different small town in central Virginia. Life is funny like that.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
If it sticks in my mind after the notion / dream / inspiration strikes, and I want to find out more, it’s a keeper.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
My beta readers have helped spur a marked improvement in my writing. My first book was a hot mess.
What is the name of your book?
My new book is The Scion’s Delight, the prequel to my Mage Conspiracy series. It was inspired by a dream about a haughty princess trying to repair her broken death maze to torture rats. When I realized she was the younger incarnation of the evil empress in my main series, I knew I had a good story brewing.
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
A cunning trap. A whiff of magic. A burst of steam.
Princess Cordelia has steel plate ambition, a mind like twisting brass gears, and the political might of tin foil. The girl aims to ratchet the Iron Empire into a glorious new day of gears and steam. The entire palace is arrayed against her. The chambermaids disdain her. The emperor ignores her. The mages, championed by Lord Oriolanus, lead a brisk campaign of lies and coercion. Those evil magic users threaten to tighten their grip upon the land even though machines are clearly superior. By the gods’ oil-stained hands, why can’t anyone else see her vision of the ideal future?
Just when Cordelia’s future threatens to slip back into medieval quagmire, a lone stranger with ice blue eyes and flowing blond hair arrives from the savage north. The handsome barbarian is destined to make both the hearts of the empire and the princess tremble. Does this spell doom or salvation for the girl’s fragile dream?
Explore The Scion’s Delight, the fantasy romance prequel novella of The Mage Conspiracy series. Discover a world of adventure and intrigue where lies cut deeper than any sword.
Do you have a favorite character, why?
In this new book, I think Cordelia’s retiring servant Fortinbras is my favorite. His name is an homage to a character from one of my favorite fantasy authors growing up (email the correct guess who to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free ebook!), and his deadpan pissing contest with the ruler of an empire was a joy to write.
Here is the other books in the The Mage Conspiracy
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I write to edify and enlighten, but most of all to entertain. I think Erin Kahn said it much, much better than I can: A book by Jeffrey Bardwell is always a good time: exciting, dangerous, gritty, and multi-layered . . . fast-paced, entertaining, and psychologically intense.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Keep writing. Don’t be afraid to push yourself out there. Your first book will probably suck. Write another. I went back and rewrote the first book in my Artifice Mage series three times before I was happy with it (and the book truly deserved the title “epic” fantasy.)
Where can we find your book?
https://books2read.com/the-scions-delightHere are several places to find all my books.