Recently, an anthology was published in which I was invited to submit a short story. There is another anthology due to be published in December in which one of my stories is available, and so the book I am working on currently is actually the seventh book that will be published with myself as the main or a contributing author.
It’s really interesting to me to look back and see how everything started. In grade school, writing stories was always a part of education, and one that I was very fond of, but it was when I was ten years old that I really discovered my passion for writing. My mother and I went to the movie theatre to watch the showing of Little Women, a book that we have both been very fond of. It was during watching the movie that I fell in love with the character Jo, and I decided that I wanted to be just like her, creating worlds and writing them out.
I started right after leaving the theatre, and the first book I ever wrote was called Animal Girl. I can’t remember how many chapters it had, but I can remember much of the premise. While the original story was lost years ago, the characters with in have evolved over the many years that I have continued writing. Now, that very human Animal Girl that I had named Jo after my favorite character has become Zeva, a very not-human character in a high fantasy series that has taken me years to work through.
There have been other stories that I have worked on – books about black unicorns and about dragons, both good and evil, some of which have been put on a backburner and others which have been scrapped – sometimes with later regret. But I can remember each one of them, and I recall them with fondness as I see how characters I created in the early years of my youth have returned, new, but familiar.
I really can’t wait to see what continues to turn up, but I will continue to work on the pieces already in progress, some of which you have seen (the DeathSpeaker Trilogy), and some of which you will learn more of in the future (The Chronicles of Senexus).
I hope you’ll be there with me to watch them grow.
Turn the page to a new world.