Cradle of Sea and Soil has finally released!

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Short little post, though I feel as if being able to say this is both crazy and amazing: my book has finally released! I’d appreciate it if you took a gander! Next will be finishing up the paperback, which will hopefully be ready near the start of July. The audiobook is still pending. I’d like to make one if possible, … Read More

OMG okay it’s happening! (+Giveaway)

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Well. This is it, isn’t it? The final weekend before release, and the day itself is just around the corner. June 23rd. Who decided it should be so soon? Oh, that’s right. I did. Well, minor mental breakdowns aside, I’m actually excited to share my novel with the rest of the world. Yes, the thought still frightens the shit out … Read More

Cradle of Sea and Soil Cover Reveal

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I’m pleased to finally reveal the cover for Cradle of Sea and Soil, due out June 23rd. Coinciding with this, the wonderful folks at Fantasy Book Critic are also doing a cover reveal! Definitely take a peek! I talk a bit about myself and my inspirations for the cover’s design direction and also briefly discuss the novel itself. You can … Read More

Finishing with a flourish

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Phew. I’m proud to finally say that Cradle of Sea and Soil is finally on its final sprint to completion. Getting there hasn’t been the easiest journey, but I immensely enjoyed writing the book and find myself very satisfied with the results. It’s not over yet though; the novel is currently with my editor, so it still has to go … Read More

No, your first draft isn’t shit

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Something I’ve seen going around in communities such as /r/writing and /r/fantasywriters is a belief that your first draft is supposed to be utterly terrible and irredeemable. Ernest Hemingway literally said the same thing, actually, and it’s a sentiment echoed by a lot of writers, famous or otherwise. It’s an interesting way of looking at things because these same people … Read More

Where have all the nonhumans gone?

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I grew up on a very different kind of exposure to fantasy than most people. That was partly thanks to Daeluin, the roleplaying forum I joined as a kid, as well as my mixed interest in both eastern and western fantasy. For me, fantasy had always been a richly magical thing, full of impossible civilizations and their impossible creations. Even … Read More

The feud between traditional and indie publishing

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading and engaging in a lot of discussions around this subject lately and oh boy is it a spicy one. It doesn’t help that most of the subreddits I’m a member of are divided neatly down the line here, either (though don’t dare ever point it out). Mostly, this has resulted in some crazy … Read More

The plight of fantasy healers

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The concept of healers is something I’ve always found interesting in literature, and especially in fantasy. This was true even before I trained as a combat medic and spent five years working in an Emergency Room, and that experience has only deepened my interest. I’ve found that characters who are healers are also often side-characters, are pacifists or otherwise unable … Read More