Guest Blog from the Editor of Goandria

Lost in a Good Story – A Note From the Editor

I often get lost in good stories. They suck me in so far that I have trouble pulling myself out. However, I have also read stories that I could not possibly finish and I wonder how they became “classics.” For example, Harry Potter sucks me in, but even though I love King Arthur legends, I have never been able to finish The Once and Future King.

I was first introduced to Goandria in 2008, and I saw a lot of potential in it, but it still had a ways to go. After several years of revisions, I read through it again, and I was amazed. As an editor, I try hard not to get pulled in so deep that I miss spelling and punctuation errors, but it was really hard for me on this one. I find that I can relate to several of the characters in different ways, that I can actually feel what they are going through. I laugh and cry with them because they are real to me. It makes editing quite the challenge, but it gives me hope that readers may feel the same way.

I am glad that you can read the stories of Goandria for enjoyment, and I hope that they suck you in as they did me. I anxiously await the completion of the next story so I can find out what happens to the characters. It may just take a bit longer to go through several rounds of editing so I can enjoy the story at least once.

Why I Write Fantasy

This is something I alluded to in past blog posts, but not a topic I delved very far into. Of all the genres to choose from, why Fantasy? I happen to enjoy several different genres, especially speculative fiction, but for me, Fantasy is special.I love the world-building involved in Fantasy, and writing Goandria causes me to explore every region of this new land, discover its secrets, and see where the characters lead me. Fantasy opens so many possibilities. Literally anything can go, and the author sets the boundaries for that particular world.

Imagination is the core to Fantasy, but it still reflects reality. It is a beautiful paradox that captivates me. Fantasy is just that, a fantasy, but at the same time it touches on real issues. It is a way to use metaphor and imagination to address the spiritual, political, and relational situations in the real world. Definitely not all Fantasy does that, and not all of it aims to do so, but I feel this particular genre has so many more possibilities. Meaningful fiction is intertwined with reality, and that is what I try to accomplish with Goandria. I want to write a good story, but I want it to be filled with meaning that people can relate to.

The Season of Thankfulness

As I reflect on Thanksgiving, it seems to me that the holiday is becoming less and less of a holiday. Yes, I know, Thanksgiving has been overshadowed by Christmas for a long time, but each year it seems to go even further in that direction. I love Christmas, but I want to take time to enjoy Thanksgiving and not just see it as a prelude to Christmas. I have many blessings and I have much to be thankful for.

It has been about a year since I first became published. The first part of a dream finally becoming reality. I am able to dedicate myself full-time to my passion, a reality I often doubted would ever come. I have an amazing wife who edits everything behind the scenes, including this blog, and I have a little boy that is full of life and is the source of so much laughter. I am also blessed to live in a part of the world where I do not have to worry about clean water, enough food, or going without shelter.

As a writer, I am thankful for my readers, both those who support me by purchasing my books and those who read this blog. So as Christmas draws near and stress creeps in over family, money, and gifts, I encourage everyone to remember that we all have a lot to be thankful for, whether or not we take the time to see it.

I started a new project!

The Goandria series remains my main focus, but I have decided to dip my toes in other genres.  I have just started a new comedy project that I hope to have available Fall 2016.  As time draws closer I will reveal more details, but for now just keep an eye on this blog for new information.

In the meantime, there are more blogs coming that I will be posting soon.  I know I haven’t been posting much lately, it has been a crazy couple of months.

News!

So there have been some delays in the publishing process with Goandria: Visions of War.  My publisher has a lot on her plate, and we want the book to be the best it possibly can be so it will most likely not come out until January or February.  In the meantime I am working on a version two of The Schism.  There will be a few word choice and structure tweaks.  This new version will be an ebook of parts 1-3.  If you want to learn more about Goandria visit my website, or you can download Part I for only 99 cents here!  It is the cheapest and easiest way to familiarize yourself with the epic series.