Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mask of the Kravyads

It is my pleasure to announce that my novella, Mask of the Kravyads, has been published by Silver Blade Fantasy Magazine. And my story served at the basis for the cover!

You can read the story here!

I am particularly proud of this story. When I set out to write Mask of the Kravyads, my goal was to pen a piece of Grimdark Heroic Fantasy that starred a female protagonist who was NOT a warrior, but powerful in her own right, set in a fantasy version of India with monsters straight out of Hindu myth. It is my hope that I was able to write a compelling hero that could stand alongside Jishnu and The Grinders Sellsword Company, but I will let you all be the judge of that.

I would like to thank my editor for this story, Les Weil, who was more than patient with me during a long editing period that taught me a lot. Working with editors is such an important part of getting better as a writer, and I can say without question that Les helped me a lot in that department. Of course, I need to thank Darin Kennedy, Matt Saunders, Caryn Sutorus, who critiqued the work, and of course, my fiance Margo.

And of course, thank you for continuing to come to this blog. My goal with this site has always been to help other writers find their way without making the same mistakes I did, and hopefully show you that if I can do it, so can you.

In closing, I want you all to stay safe, happy, and enjoy the story!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ambrose's Hope, Wizards, and Beer!

Expect these every time now.

I am proud to announce that the first story of my wizard, Ambrose Knighton, has been published by Aurora Wolf! My story, Ambrose's Hope, tells the story of a fallen wizard exiled in the wilderness. Faced with brooding loneliness, a spirit and a beer will enter his life, changing it forever.

I have loved wizards, even since I was little, raised on Arthurian Fantasy authors like T.A. Barron and T.H. White, or luminaries like Le Guin, Anthony, and Greenwood, so I always wanted to write one of my own. Once again, I cast beer as a divine liquid. There will be an occurring theme in Ambrose's tales where a beverage of some sort plays a part in the story, even if it is a trifling one. I have about twelve of these stories in me, so we'll see what kind of drink list I'll come up with!

As always, thank you for coming to this blog. The readership this past year has been amazing, varied, and I am always happy to be able to do what I'm doing and have you all involved. Please enjoy the story, and I'll see you next time!

Eden Royce interviews me about The Gem of Acitus!

I am more than delighted to say that I sat down with the immensely talented Eden Royce, whose work I previously reviewed here on the blog. We talked about The Gem of Acitus, writing "The Other", and publishing.

Swing by the Dark Geisha to check it out!

And go get Eden's amazing collection of Southern Gothic Shorts, Spook Lights!