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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.

About the Book:

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.



Other Books in The Banished Lands Series

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Definitely not! My mom constantly expresses her surprise every time I finish a new book. I loathed writing as a younger man and the passion for it sprung up out of nowhere in my mid twenties.

What was your inspiration for The Banished Lands?

I’ve always loved poetry – the mystery of it and the feeling that there was something deeper just out of reach that I couldn’t quite describe. The inspiration for The Banished Lands series was to take that feeling of mystery and indefinable profundity and explore it in a fantasy world in a way I don’t think has been done before.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Poetry. Friendship. Love. The epic struggle of good vs evil. What it means to live ones life to the full – discarding what’s good in search of what’s best. All your classic archetypes that probably sound very cliché when boiled down to a paragraph of description 🙂

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

It has really taken a decade to finish The Banished Lands. Every time a new book in the series came out, I felt compelled to rewrite the first book.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Morning is my favorite time to write. Cup of coffee in hand, the freshness of the day inspires a likewise freshness in my creativity. Most days I have only an hour to frolick around in fantasy before real life takes hold, so I end up writing at the end of the day.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The initial chapters for sure. Because I’m not one for shock and awe, or beginning with superfluous action sequences to hook the reader, it was very challenging for me to introduce my world in a compelling way and to integrate the overarching story within the story.

What do you love most about being an author?

Being able to finally express how I’m really thinking and feeling. Studying poetry made me fall in love with the beauty of language. When you feel something like passion or inspiration, describing it to the reader in a way they understand is difficult enough. But describing it to them in such a way that it evokes similar feelings and passions is the true glory of the written word.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I went the self publishing route and I’m very happy I did. I’m constantly revising and improving my work, especially as new books in the series come out. Having the freedom to make edits is a huge benefit. I want my work to be the very best it can be and until my books find themselves into enough hands that I can no longer make changes, I’m going to keep improving them. If you start small, keep improving till you hit the bigtime.

Where can we find you on the web?

Goodreads has my full collection of books and some video walk throughs of my favorite classic poems. Here’s the link:

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