Why I Write

The hashtag #WhyIWrite was trending last week, and I found it inspiring that something other than politics and celebrity news became popular for a brief time. It also prompted me to go into detail about my journey into becoming a writer and why I chose a very difficult route to pursue professionally.

As I have said here, I started writing as a hobby when I was twelve years old. Over the years, my dedication to writing has come in waves, but I could never fully abandon it as I have other hobbies. Writing, especially the Goandria series, has become a part of my life, part of my very soul, something that I cannot live without. I do not profess to be the best at it, but I do make a point to become better at writing because I have a story to tell, and it is worth sharing. Fantasy has been an integral part of my life. It has inspired me. It has driven me to contemplate difficult matters and existential meaning, and this is something I want to bring people as well.

Writing isn’t an easy path, and I’m still very much learning, especially when it comes to marketing and branching out to new readers. Actually, choosing to write professionally is one of the most difficult challenges I have faced, second only to parenting. The average person takes years to get established, and I have only been doing this for about a year, so writing has not been exactly lucrative, but those I trust most in my life have encouraged me to keep doing what I love. Even with the encouragement, it is easy to get discouraged. Many people simply do not read or have time to read, and it is difficult convincing strangers to part with their money.

I continue to write because it has meaning for me. I write partially because it is a challenge, and I write to give the world the stories I would like to read myself.

Take a dive into the world of Goandria!

If you read fantasy, check out the prequel to my upcoming novel Goandria: Visions of WarGoandria: The Schism is a three-part short story series that takes place during a time when demons, known as the worlox, rule Goandria.

Here is the official summary: Goandria lies under the cruel rule of worlox demons. Emerging from an unknown realm, they claim large swaths of the northern territories for their own.  The wizards, blessed with power from Voshnore, continue their fight against them with little success. Pushed back to the south,  generation to generation, year by year, they labor in vain. Until now.

Lorkai, general of the wizard army, returns home after years of fighting. He brings long awaited successes on the battlefield. Yet those successes come with prices of their own. Several of Lorkai’s men now anguish in worlox occupied areas. Following a warm welcome, Lorkai’s request for aid is refused. Lorkai and his best friend, Evera, take matters into their own hands. The wizards uncover secrets about the worlox, which leads the friends to fight for their lives, and their humanity.

If interested you can order it off my website, or email me at goandria@outlook.com.

Help me move some inventory!

I would like more space in my apartment, and I’m asking for your help.  If you would like a copy of my fantasy novel, I am selling the paperback version at a reduced price.  Goandria: The Schism normally runs $8.99, but you can buy it from me for $6.00!

Here is a summary:

Goandria lies under the cruel rule of worlox demons. Emerging from an unknown realm, they claim large swaths of the northern territories for their own.  The wizards, blessed with power from Voshnore, continue their fight against them with little success. Pushed back to the south,  generation to generation, year by year, they labor in vain. Until now.

Lorkai, general of the wizard army, returns home after years of fighting. He brings long awaited successes on the battlefield. Yet those successes come with prices of their own. Several of Lorkai’s men now anguish in worlox occupied areas. Following a warm welcome, Lorkai’s request for aid is refused. Lorkai and his best friend, Evera, take matters into their own hands. The wizards uncover secrets about the worlox, which leads the friends to fight for their lives, and their humanity.

The complete series cover

If interested, send payment via Paypal to goandria@outlook.com and send your name and address to the same email address.  Everyone who orders from me will get a free exclusive Goandria bookmark!  If you want a free sample let me know, or you can download one on Amazon.

The cover for my next book!

My next book, Goandria: Visions of War is in the final stages of editing and I hope to have it out by the end of the year.   If you read fantasy haven’t read the prequel, you can find it here on my website.   Visions of War takes place several generations after The Schism.  Goandria is now a much different place, with a new threat to the peace people have worked so hard to build.  What is this new evil and will the armies of the world be able to stop it?

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