Dariel's Feature: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author Patrick O'Scheen

Join me in welcoming Patrick O'Scheen to Musings. His sci-fi/fantasy masterpieces have received rave reviews, so if you're like me, and your taste sometimes runs to something a bit different, outside the box, you'll love these! Book links are embedded in printed titles. Take a few minutes to read the interview and get to know Patrick a little better :-)

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We all have a little Dragon inside of us, something that struggles to find solace.….Dreamer is the first book in a series that portrays life as a mixture of fantasy and reality. The main character, Magic, flows between the worlds, often preferring one more than the other. Both of his lives are fraught with their own dangers. He must struggle with illness and alternatively with the life of a Great Red Dragon.


The world of Marithe is back! The story of a young gamer named Xavier is woven into a plot of denial, betrayal and intrigue. He lives a double life running from those who would use him and searching for unencumbered love. Demons and gypsies fill the game panorama, entangling Xavier in a disaster that could destroy the dragon race and profoundly change his world…

What would it be like to locate the father that you never knew? 

For Kris Cane this is a dream come true. However, Kris’ father has other ideas about his newly discovered son… The young orphan finds his family with the help of genetic testing, but something is terribly wrong. The boy tries to discover a way to survive as he is embroiled in a murder plot. Can he escape with the unlikely assistance of his cat, a nun, and a detective who wants to see his new-found parent jailed? 


1.    When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality? How would you say most of your stories are conceived? Dreams? Research? Experience?

Things in my life changed drastically and I found myself house-bound. I began my calling as a writer as pure self-amusement. I sat down one day and put my soul on paper. All of my stories are in essence a part of me.  Life experiences, and my personal opinions are communicated in the actions and words of the characters. 

2.    What 3 things would you like readers to know about you?

The word is already out…I am a cat.  My favorite color is grey-striped. All the while the human thought I was just sleeping on the keyboard.

3.    Tell us about your books. Genre, titles, any favorite characters? What can we look forward to from you in the near future? WIP’s, upcoming releases?

Dreamer and Seer are part of a fantasy series called the Chronicles of Marithe. To date there are four books, two as yet unpublished called Dancer and Healer.  Magic is the main personality in book one, but my favorite is Thornton, a morgith who appears in each of the books.  Dancer and Healer will both be out in 2014.

Kris is a young adult book about a cat and his boy. While it contains aspects of fantasy, it is basically a poignant and touching mystery story that has a message about family. This book is part of a series based on Charles the Cat.  Jack, the second in the series will release in 2014.

I am currently writing a young adult fantasy called Newling Traveler that is a spirited tale of adventure in a dream world.

4.      Tell us a bit about your dragon hybrids. In your opinion do you need special skills to raise them?

Dragon kind in Marithe is a species that can change form to human…with practice and control. They are often found intermixed in human communities with no one the wiser. Many choose to live in this smaller form as a matter of convenience. Dragons can be hatched or born…depending on the species mix, but birth is often impossible for the mother.  Most are raised like any other child…until they learn how to shift.

The dragon of Newling Traveler is also a shape-shifter. He has rather pronounced human characteristics including a very strong sense of guilt.

5.    Is there a common thread in your books? How do your values show up in your writing? Jungian philosophy? What do you want readers to take from your writing?

There are many ideas that flow through my stories. Prejudice, guilt, betrayal—all play parts in the plots. The characters have a well-defined understanding of right and wrong, though the idea is often transformed at length by the story.
When you finish one of my books, I want you to be changed.  I want your thoughts to be touched by what you read. All of my stories can be read on many levels.  I would like to think that they are simply entertaining on the face of it. However, if you read between the lines, I have a great deal to say about life.

6.     What do you look for in a good book? In what ways would you say your books exhibit these qualities?

I personally like a story that draws me in and makes me believe. I’m very fond of a fast paced read that has me asking the age-old question “What happens next?”  I would need to add that I am especially fond of books that delve beyond the surface. I want more than a nice story. I want to be challenged to think. I would hope that my work exhibits these characteristics
 I prefer to read and write very short chapters because life often has a way of interfering with my reading time.

7.    What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged?

I often blog about staying encouraged. I’d like to think that my words sometimes help others through difficult times. It isn’t always easy.
I never once have believed that what I have to say is not worth reading. However, getting people to actually read your words is a daunting task. I think as writers we must keep in mind that if we only touch even one life, we can make a difference.

8.    What tips can you offer towards building and maintaining a strong support system as a writer?

My support comes from friends who read my scribblings and other writers who experience the same problems. Advice? Find people of like mind in networking online, in book groups, even on video games.

Have a great day!