The evolution of Crystal Moon

I have said before that I am very nerdy.  I love Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and many more fantasy stories.  Part of being a fantasy writer is immersing myself into the genre and absorbing as much as possible.

One day my wife and I were talking about funny plots, we thought it would be hilarious if there was a story about a man who thought his wife was a Dark Lady of the Sith.  This guy is so obsessed with Star Wars that he literally sees the story’s villains in his wife.  He is unable to tell the difference between reality and fiction and after some time he loses his grip on reality entirely.

Since I didn’t want to deal with the copy write of Star Wars I changed Sith to witch.  The plot was then about a man who was absolutely paranoid and convinced his wife is a witch instead.

However, as time went on and I got feedback from beta readers it became clear that it no longer worked as a comedy.  That feedback also aligned with a gut feeling I had about it.  So a complete overhaul has been in the works, and that means it is doubtful the book will be out this Fall.  The delay will mean a much better book, which to me is worth it.

In the meantime, here is the working description for the novel: Gerald’s life changed a year ago, leaving him moody, exceptionally hungry, and scared.  He lives in absolute terror every day.  It isn’t the typical monsters like ghosts that terrorize him, but his very own wife!  For reasons Gerald cannot fathom, she has become a witch bent on hexing her husband, or so he thinks.  As he attempts to survive his wife’s curse and the difficulties that come with it, he discovers a friend who helps him along the way and a new town that feels like it was made just for him. While Gerald’s plight grows worse, he begins to document his experiences, but little does he know, his wife has been keeping a record as well.

Goandria: The Evolution and Genesis of My World Part I

What drives a 12-year-old to hammer away at the keyboard instead of going outside or playing sports? That is something I do not understand, but I was that 12-year-old. The world of Goandria has gone through many versions and morphed so many times, but at the same time, it remains familiar. Much like an old friend, writing in this world has offered comfort and has become so integrated into my life that if I am parted from it for too long, I feel as if there is a hole in my soul.

Before age 12, if someone had told me I was going to aspire to become a writer, I wouldn’t have believed it. I wanted to sing. As a child, I felt I had my life figured out, like many children do. In my early years, I was not particularly good at reading, and I could not write well either. I struggled through all my English classes, and often barely passed, but there were two worlds that filled me with awe: Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. These stories left me wanting more, taught me about love, life and friendships, and transported me to a world where the impossible was possible. This was the beginning of my love for fantasy.

While sitting in church one day, the idea came to me to start writing and create my own world. It wasn’t particularly original or good at first. At that time, it was called “The Land of Golah.” As time went on and I grew and learned more, the desire grew within me to create a world that was my own, original and not just a copy of the stories that inspired me. Yes, I know, that is the goal of every writer, and it is up to my readers to decide if I succeeded, but what I wanted was to break away from the clichés that plague Fantasy. For example, a Dark Lord/Lady who is evil just for the sake of evil is too prevalent in fantasy worlds. In my first full-length novel that I plan to release in early 2015, there is a dark lord (so to speak), but I wanted to show things from his perspective. I wanted the reader to get inside his head and understand why he does what he does. This is something that does not happen with Sauron in Lord of the Rings. The reader knows Sauron is evil, but we really don’t know why or what drives him other than his wish to dominate all people and their wills.

My goal with the Goandria series is to offer a story that is familiar yet fresh for fantasy readers. There are thousands of Lord of the Rings clones out there, and while I love Tolkien’s work, let us leave Middle-Earth in Middle-Earth.

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