For this week’s blog post, to commemorate the release of my books’ print editions, I want to share a little about my three available titles and their histories and give an official release timeframe for my upcoming novel, Mordecai, Episode One: Bloodthirsty. If you’re interested in knowing more about any of the books, just click their highlighted titles.
The Book of Ardilia was the first book I ever tried to write, way back when I was 9 years old and it was called Fairytale Land or something to that effect. Four drafts and eight years later, I published The Book of Ardilia when I was seventeen years old, and to this day it’s one of my proudest moments. When I was on the second draft, I believe, the computer I was writing it on (as well as another book I’ll probably never speak of again) crashed, and I lost everything I’d ever written. I gave up writing novels for a long time, and only touched some short stories and poetry, for over a year. When I had well-recovered from the terror of losing my work, I sat down at the third draft on my own laptop, and two years later, in 2014, I’d finished the fourth and final manuscript of The Book of Ardilia.
The War for Yokendale started as a short story, which I began writing in November, 2014 under the simple title of Yokendale. It came from rather silly beginnings that are scarcely if at all present in the final release. How it turned into a full scale novel a year later, I can’t even tell you. When I got to the end of the first draft’s Chapter One, I couldn’t stop. Channy and Ochoo, the main character and his closest ally, just had more story to be told–Yokendale had more story to be told. When I wrote the first word of The War for Yokendale, my father had passed away just a month earlier, and Channy’s story is much akin to what I was going through at that time. The War for Yokendale is a coming of age story, a war story, and a story about friendship and loyalty amidst growing darkness.
The We Are Humans Collection of short stories, poems, and essays has been in the making for longer than I even planned on making it! Human intricacy has always intrigued me, whether it be our drive to love, our willingness to hate, or our ability to forgive. I say ‘always’ because the We Are Humans Collection includes entries written over the past seven years of my life, from pieces I wrote as a high school freshman to ones I wrote in 2016. This collection includes everything from relationship pieces and crime drama to looks at civil rights, both down to earth and with some flare.
Now, for my newest and soon to be released novel: Mordecai. The first episode, Mordecai – Episode One: Bloodthirsty, is a fast-paced, theatrical read that will introduce you to a new universe–pardon me, multiverse–of characters, adventure, histories, and the dark underbelly of it all. This multiverse of world-traversing Prowlers, such as Mordecai, the titular half-elf at the helm of the tale, will set a new stride for fantasy and science fiction. You will be able to get your hands on Mordecai, Episode One: Bloodthirsty in late August, 2017. If you want to know more about Mordecai, then click here.
Finally, I want to thank everyone for your support as I work through this project, and remind my Pacific Northwestern readers that I will have a booth at the Annual Portland NW Book Festival in Portland on July 29th, 2017. The Book of Ardilia, The War for Yokendale, and the We Are Humans Collection will all be available at the fest as long as supplies lasts, but if you can’t make it, you can buy them on Amazon.com or from the online Createspace Store, which will always have stock available.
Stay tuned to my blog, because next week I’ll be dropping a review for Marvel’s most recent cinematic outing, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe!
Here’s this week’s writing prompt:
The pages were blank. You knew they were blank. But now, as you flip the book all these years later, you find a single word written on the very last page…