Twenty years ago, I met Eric Swett, when we were both in college. At that time he was a cute, charismatic 19 year old, with a smile and cocky sense of humour that melted the hearts of many of the girls he came across. Today, he describes himself as ‘just a guy’, whose family means more to him than anything else in the world. He is a husband, father of three (two boys and a girl) children, IT tech, and a writer.
His first novel, Apocalypse Rising, has a magical what-happens-next quality, which could only come from the intense, and sometimes twisted, mind of Eric Swett. Apocalypse Rising is the story of an angel, who gave up his memories and powers, in order to help the human race. The story starts directly in the middle of the action and does not let the reader take much of a breath along the way.
While Apocalypse Rising has dark elements to it, Eric’s writing has changed considerably along the way. His early writing ventures were short stories that were much more on the dark side. As a role player, and all around geek, his original novel writing experience was in the traditional fantasy genre. Heis early writing ventures were greatly influenced by fantasy writers, such as Weis and Hickman, Robert Jordan, and Christoper Stashed, plus science fiction authors, Ben Bova, L. Ron Hubbard, and Isaac Asimov.
Eric was first inspired to take the Urban Fantasy route when his friend, Craig Sottolano, published One Right Tricky Little Bastard. It was different than anything he had read before and he was quickly turned onto the concept of Urban Fantasy. It was after reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files that Eric found what had been missing from his own writing. From these inspirations Eric Swett’s Apocalypse Rising was born.
Eric is currently hard at work on his sequel for Apocalypse Rising, scheduled for release at the end of this year. He has plans to continue the story for another book or two, then returning his attention to a number of novels he put aside.
When asked about his best advice for others, he stated: ”My advice to other writers would be to remember that what other people tell you about your writing is their opinion, so you can chose to ignore it.My was derailed for a couple of years because I started taking the negative opinions of other writers too seriously. If they thought my work was so bad, why should I continue. I figured out later that all writers have their own style an opinion, and they will rarely be the same as yours. Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
My advice to children would be to eat your vegetables, don’t grow up too fast and learn to memorize the lines of your favorite movies.”