Jeffrey Bardwell – Author Interview


“A cunning trap. A whiff of magic. A burst of steam.”

The Scion’s Delight – Jeffrey Bardwell

My TBR list continues to grow at an alarming rate, and I love the wide range of genres and stories I get to read in the process. However, I’m only human, and simply can’t get through as much as I’d like to in the time I have! With one particular book coming up on the list, I thought it was a great time to share with you my interview with Jeffrey Bardwell, author of The Scion’s Delight (and many more) that I am eager to read!

It’s been great to get to know this author and I hope you’ll all take a few seconds out of your day to check out his impressive list of works!

  1. Tell us your favorite thing about being an author

I love creating new worlds and recently got to create a new constructed language for the barbarian culture in my Mage Conspiracy series and forthcoming Dawn of the Mage series.

  1. What is your favorite genre to write?

I enjoy writing fantasy, though within that broad genre, I like to diversify into dark epic, romance, steampunk, and military. Then, I mix and recombine them.

  1. If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose?

I think adventuring through the Land of Oz would be fun.

  1. When you get writer’s block, what breaks you out of it?

Reading the previous day’s writing and doing micro revisions helps ease me into the day and prevent writer’s block.

  1. Which novels do you have published at the moment?

The Artifice Mage Saga – Devin is both a prince of machines in a cutthroat steampunk empire and a mage in a land where magic users are executed. The allure of power, either mechanical or magical, beckons with sinuous whispers. Which destiny will destroy him first?

1. Rotten Magic – An artificer builds the future. Mages have no future!

2. Broken Wizards – The purge is in full swing. Time’s up for mages!

3. Hidden Revolt – Welcome to the revolution. Unleash the mages!

4. Riven Kingdoms – The empire has fractured. Only mages can reunite the empire! (pending)

The Mage Conspiracy – Kelsa struggles against dark plots, lurid trysts, and an evil empress while magically disguised as the legendary Sir Corbin. Two threats loom over the young heroine: Corbin’s old friends and her strange new body. Which one will expose her deception?

1. The Knight’s Secret – Kelsa must stand between the mages and genocide, but she’s no legendary hero . . . just his granddaughter.

2. The Dragon’s Mercy – Kelsa must not only survive, she wants to fight. The Dragon Warriors can help her . . . for a price.

3. The Soldier’s Heart – Kelsa must escape the empire into the wild northern lands. The mage revolt awaits . . . if she can reignite it.

4. The Tyrant’s Peace – Kelsa must lead a bedraggled army of mages back into the empire. But it isn’t her army . . . not yet. (pending)

Prequel – The Scion’s Delight – Cordelia will drag her mage infested empire into the shining future . . . whatever it takes.

The Laws of Fire and Steel – Argot finds himself in a doomed unit of the imperial army. Every day he and his mates survive is another little victory. Each meal might be their last. They are the final defense in a world of fire and steel. How long can they kill monsters instead of men?

1. Those Who Hunt Dragons – Dragon flame will melt your armor. Shame burns even hotter.

2. Those Who Flee Sergeants – Dragons will only eat you once. Sergeants grind your bones every morning. (pending)

The Metal vs. Magic Universe Anthologies – Magical moments that slip through the cracks, side characters thrust in the spotlight, or inspiring tales of forgotten quests and small triumphs. Each story focuses on the harrowing adventures of a different character plucked from multiple series set in the expansive Metal vs. Magic Universe. These are the mini epics!

1. Character Compendium – Explore the characters who populate the Metal vs. Magic Universe with fun tales and author insights.

  1. What’s next on the to-do list?

Right now, I’m working on wrapping up The Tyrant’s Peace, the fourth book in The Mage Conspiracy series. I’m trying to finish either The Mage Conspiracy series (two more novels) and The Artifice Mage Saga (two more novels plus novella prequel) by the end of the year. Completing both before the ball goes down and the champagne cork goes up up would be fantastic, but given my writing pace, that’s probably a um . . . fantasy.

  1. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

On a homestead with a long backlist, a thriving social life, and a larder fit to bursting.

  1. What’s your favorite book at the moment?

Writing two series in tandem has obliterated my reading schedule, but I recently enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

  1. Who is your favorite all time author?

Robert Heinlein.

  1. What’s your one piece of advice you’d give to indie authors?

Keep writing, get a newsletter going as soon as possible, and start an ARC reader list.

About the author.

Jeffrey Bardwell writes epic fantasy with elements of darkness, steampunk, and romance set in the Metal vs. Magic Universe. His character-driven books are guaranteed to include gritty realism, political intrigue, lurid entanglements, dry wit, and dragons in differing proportions. He devours fantasy and science fiction novels and is most comfortable basking near a warm wood stove. When not writing, Jeffrey enjoys cooking, gardening, and shooing baby dragons from the compost bin.

The author lives on a farm and in a prior life worked as a community ecologist. He is overfond of puns and alliterations. He is also an unabashed history and mythology enthusiast.

Jeffrey Bardwell

You can purchase your own copy of The Scion’s Delight on Amazon UK or US!

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