My first book is split up into three separate short stories. I figured it was more likely that people would commit to short stories from an unknown author more easily than a full novel. The paperback of Goandria: The Schism includes all three parts and I have considered doing the same in ebook form. Would you be more willing to buy a short story from an unknown author or a novel? All three parts sell for 99 cents on Amazon, if I did an ebook of the complete series what would you be willing to pay? I would love to hear feedback on this matter.
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.
If you read fantasy, check out the prequel to my upcoming novel Goandria: Visions of War. Goandria: 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.
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