What is “Crystal Moon?”

My latest book is out, and it isn’t a part of the running series GoandriaCrystal Moon is something that has a lot of meaning to me.  It is inspired by real people, real events, and real lessons in an Urban Fantasy setting.

A few years ago, I read Dracula and was intrigued by the letter format.  It felt like a good way to get insights into what the characters were feeling while being able to show the story more subtly.  Writing in first person was challenging, especially with the first draft.  It was difficult not to riddle the pages with “I” while at the same time having it flow in a way a real journal would.

One of my goals for Crystal Moon is to step outside of my comfort zone.  Writing Fantasy is what I know and love, with the typical swords, magic and bows.  Yet, as is the nature of stories, it morphed from my original idea of a comedy into an Urban Fantasy Thriller.

After rewrites and additions, it is finally available to the public, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing the story.  A lot of my heart and emotions went into it.  Come, laugh, cry, and shake your head with me here.

“Crystal Moon” is Available!

My latest book Crystal Moon is now published! You can purchase it here.

Here is a little more about it:

Gerald’s life suddenly changed, leaving him moody, hungry and scared. He lives in terror due to his own wife! For reasons Gerald cannot fathom, she has become a witch bent on hexing him. While attempting to survive his wife’s curse and its side effects, he discovers a new friend and a town that feels like it was made just for him. As 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, and not all is as it seems.

 

 

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.