Monday, June 4, 2018

Meet the Author: Benjamin Mester, Author of 'The Banished Lands'

Benjamin Mester is native of San Diego but can often be found wandering the woods of northern Minnesota.  He fell in love with language at an early age – the eloquence of poetry or the grandeur of an epic story.  Fantasy is his favorite genre, crafting new and magical places of heroism and adventure.  When he isn’t writing, he’s often taking long walks through nature or wondering about his place in the wide world.

Benjamin is the author of The Banished Lands series.

You can visit him on Goodreads.

Author: Benjamin Mester
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 384
Genre: Fantasy

A kingdom in danger. A prophecy that will change everything. But will they understand it in time? The old world is gone, and barely even histories remain. But something from that time is returning. The closing lines of a farewell poem, written centuries ago by the last great king of the age to his slain wife, might be more than just a poem:

The world and all its light shall fade,
I’ll stay with her beneath the shade
And wait until the world’s remade…

Join us in this epic fantasy adventure as three friends plunge into the great mystery of their age, twelve centuries in the making. A mysterious fog blankets the forest just outside the sleepy town of Suriya. A dark plot unfolds as Durian and his friends discover ties between a strange wanderer and the warlike barbarian kingdom far to the north. Are the mysterious things happening in the forest a prelude to invasion? What happens next will propel Durian and his curious friends into the middle of the oldest riddle in the history of their kingdom, a dozen centuries old.
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Other Books in The Banished Lands Series

The Banished Lands series

Dismissing hours as they pass
Soft upon the windswept grass.
The hopes of men have come to naught.
Nothing fair for eyes or thought.

For Sheyla lies on golden plain,
Of Cavanah, the fairest slain;
Who met her last and final day
When all was brought to disarray.

Of gladful things now nevermore –
Now bitter wind, now salty shore.
The peaceful world bound to unrest
And darkness looming in the west.

The world and all its light shall fade.
I'll stay with her beneath the shade
And wait until the world's remade...


What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

What first inspired me to write was reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau.  Reading his experiences of fleeing society and building a house in the woods filled me with an unexpected longing not to live my life according to the dictates of society, but to do something different, and learn how to express myself in such a way that I could inspire others to bold and fearless living.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

I actually hated writing in my high school and college years.  But somewhere in my mid-twenties, I started feeling these powerful passions that I didn't know how to describe.  My attempts were juvenile and angsty, like bad high school poetry.  I knew that if I didn't develop skill as a writer, it would haunt me not to be able to really share the things I was feeling inside.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

Yes!  I'm a certified gemologist and I have a small loose gemstone business.  I get to work with treasure all day long!  Gemstones are amazing and inspiring – taking what looks like a chunk of ordinary stone and polishing it into something breathtaking.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Unfortunately, the tyranny of the urgent strikes us all.  I love to set dedicated chunks of time to writing, but life marches on.  But I find that the more I'm forced to put my writing on the sidelines, the more the inspiration and burning to write grows.

What are you currently working on?

Poetry.  When I'm not writing novels, I love to take a break and rediscover my love for poetry.  There's nothing like taking a walk in the misty morning hours, feeling connected again to the grand scheme of life.  I'm currently going back through my collection of poems and editing them, hoping to add a few more by year's end and ultimately publish a collected work!

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