What is Next for Goandria?

Goandria: The Schism has been completed.  If you haven’t read it and you enjoy fantasy and speculative fiction, I encourage you to download Part I for free here or you can purchase the paperback here.  I have waited for over half my life to reveal Goandria to the world, and this is just the beginning.  I created Goandria with a rich background, and The Schism lays that foundation.  The upcoming book series will take place generations in the future.  The new book will be titled Goandria: Visions of War, and it will build upon the events in the previous novel.

Visions of War will be the first book in a trilogy.  New and old foes challenge the peace of Goandria.  I aim to go further into exploring characters, their struggles with beliefs and finding their place in Goandria, and how they come through these situations as an old evil creeps back into their world.

Stay tuned as more details are released!

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Looking for Inspiration

I can say honestly that I write everyday, whether I’m in the mood to or not, because moods are fleeting things that can change quickly. However, I the real challenge is finding the right inspiration.

For me, being inspired and finding inspiration are very different things. All too often I can invision a scene or perhaps the general mechanics of a culture, but how that plays out I’m not entirely sure. It is funny because when I search for inspiration from related topics or genres, they do not always do the trick for me. Ironically, some of my best inspiration has come from utterly unrelated material. Inspiration does not always come from other books, either. Many times movies stir the “what if” questions far quicker than other forms of entertainment. Perhaps it is because there is an entire plot crammed into a two-hour movie, and it is a lot faster to get to the point with a movie than a book. Movies tell a story differently than books do. Books can afford to be slower-paced, but movies cannot due to time restraints. This is probably why most movie adaptions of books are very different, and that is fine by me!

Searching for inspiration as a writer can be downright grueling. It is especially frustrating when writers know where they want to go with the plot but need help with how to carry it out.

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It's Been Awhile…

I know I have neglected posting fresh content lately, but stay with me.  I have more on the way, but in the mean time please sign up for my newsletter here.  That is the best way to stay informed and up-to-date on my writings.  As always, if you are reading this and enjoy fantasy, you can find my first short story free on smashwords to get a taste of my writing style.

Important News!

Goandria: The Schism Part III is now available here.  It is the conclusion to The Schism series and acts as a prequel to the upcoming novel series.  Anyone who is interested in fantasy, check it out!  For a limited time use the coupon code “GD25U” upon check out.  As always, those who enjoy the book I encourage to leave a review.

Part III Cover Final

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What inspired you to write?

When posed with this question, I internally stammer, my mind races, and I feel like a bit of a fool. Such a question should be easy enough to answer right? I mean, after all, I am a writer, and explaining to someone else why I write should be one of the easiest things for me to do, but it isn’t. Sure there are many factors that contribute to my purpose for writing, but none of them are stand-alone reasons for why I write. It is strange, but I cannot answer the question in a simple sentence or two. So here is my lengthy response to what should be an easy question.

The main force that drives me to write every single day is a calling. Even if I do not feel inspired, even if I do not exactly feel like writing, I feel like there is a small hole in my soul if I neglect my writings. Writing is a part of me, like a hand or a nose. If I ignore that part of me, I don’t feel whole.

I have been inspired by Tolkien, Star Wars, random fantasy movies on the Sci-Fi (now SyFy) channel, and a few TV shows. I even found inspiration in areas I did not expect, such as dramas, comedies, and instrumental music. For me, the world is just spewing with inspiration. My inspiration comes from not just from fiction and music, but my faith and relationships as well. My son alone is a source for so much inspiration.

Like many other writers of speculative fiction, I live in the “what if” world. What I mean by this is how many people wonder what would happen if a squadron Laat/i Republic Gunships (from Star Wars) came down and confronted an orc horde. This type of thing makes play time with my son more interesting too because he and I both like to imagine and pretend.

Another reason why I write is that I wish to produce works that I would like to see. When I feel disappointed by certain elements, like a villain with no depth, I set out to correct that problem with my writings. Of course that is rather ambitious, but writing at all is ambitious. I want to make the fantasy genre better, one story at a time, and I hope that others like my works as well.

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