I’ve sent back some final changes to the publisher for my debut novel. Overall I’m really happy with it, so I think it will only need one more brief review before it can be released.
Certainly has been a bigger process to bring to the publishing point than I first expected. I imagine Book 2 of The Ebonsheare Chronicles will be a lot easier, as I have a good grasp of the full process now.
Thanks to all my readers and fans for their support. I know you have been waiting for a while, but (fingers crossed) it won’t be long now.
It was an Express Post envelope I was excited for, but with a hint of trepidation.
As it turned out the suspense kept building too. After I had carefully opened the Express Post envelope the first physical copy of my book was wrapped in another envelope, which turned out to be my publisher’s.
Then I opened the pages for the first time, sitting on my early 80’s styled lounge chair.
Finally, the first physical proof my book exists and is almost ready to be released to the world.
My first novel, Wolf and the Crow, is getting closer to being published. Aussie Speculative Fictionhave kindly included the first chapter in their online anthology. Definitely worth a read to see all the amazing Aussie talent coming out in different fantasy genres.
The first chapter is found at the very end of First Chapters Fantasy, and you can download it for free on Kindle and other readers here via bookfunnel.
We’ve always heard that reading a good book takes you far away, and forgive the cliché but doing so lights the fire in your imagination.
I am a voracious reader. During my school days I generally got on well with most, though as kids are sometimes apt to be, I ran into the odd bully as well. As a kid growing up in the early 80’s and like many others my love of fantasy grew when I started playing Dungeons and Dragons. For the D&D fans out there it was the original D&D 2nd edition that I bought (and still own).
D&D unlocked my imagination and really increased my appetite for fantasy novels, and also as a means of escape from the usual kids wanting to bully just because they could. Growing up in primary school I hadn’t really come across this level of relentless teasing and Machiavellian practical jokes to try and make my life miserable.
An example of one of these practical jokes would be my tormentor grabbing a large urine sample jar from biology class and slightly opening the lid before putting it in my pencil case. For a kid trying to find his way in the world, opening that pencil case with others sitting next to you with a ‘WTF man!’ like face doesn’t instil the greatest confidence.
Being much older now, I think I learned a lot during those interesting years of high school. I distinctly remember always falling back on novels and reading about how the hero started at humble beginnings, dealing with their own nemesis (bully or otherwise) before emerging triumphant. I know that without fantasy novels in those school days my imagination wouldn’t have soared. I also indirectly found an inner strength and a way to cope while going through those sometimes tumultuous years of growing up.
Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time at school overall and meet some life long friends, but reading and relating to characters in fantasy novels always helped, and indeed formed a lot of the ideals I hold today; like mutual respect, fairness, generosity and just being good to others.
Look over your past at what you read; fantasy or otherwise. Did a good novel or series help you get through the trials of growing up?
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