Today was a special day for me – my fantasy novel, “The Alkahest” was published!
This book has been a long time in the making – many years in fact and to finally have it published is a dream come true. The characters are dear to my heart, and it’s a privilege for me to share their story with you. The epic fantasy was initially written as one long story, which I have broken down into numerous books. The Alkahest is the first of the Thoughtmover series, starting the characters off on their extraordinary journey.
My web-designer and I worked many long hours on designing the map of where the story takes place – The Land of Kaldanien. It went through several iterations over a period of a year until we were satisfied with the end product. Likewise with the cover, which also went through numerous iterations.
A few people were instrumental in helping me to ready my book for publication. I would like to thank them for their help.
My web-designer, Alex for his great work and long hours on the website, book cover, and map.
Pat LuBruto, my New York editor for his outstanding editorial skills and helping me to become a better writer and for allowing me to keep my own writing voice throughout the process.
My characters who inspired and guided me down this enjoyable and rewarding path of writing.
I’m currently working on book two of the Thoughtmover series that continues my characters’ epic journey, which I look forward to sharing with you in 2014.
Today was the release of my fantasy novel, The Alkahest, on Amazon as an eBook. This novel is the first of an epic series that is the beginning of a long journey for my characters as they struggle to survive the challenges that await them.
I hope you enjoy the book and share your thoughts with me.
Below you can find links to the book, sellers and related pages:
Book cover art is as much a part of a book as is the story written within; after all, how many of us buy our books because the cover demands our attention.
This blog is dedicated to two great cover artists known for their science fiction/fantasy art and who have sadly passed away – Keith Parkinson (1958- 2005) and just recently, Darrell K. Sweet (1934 – 2011).
Both these men lived their lives as true artists, creating over the years fantastic cover art. Darrell was renowned for his art in the Robert Jordan epic fantasy series “The Wheel of Time” along with “Runelords” series by David Farland and many other books. Keith Parkinson also created for authors like C.J. Cherryh, Kenneth C. Flint, Terry Goodkind, Piers Anthony, Orson Scott Card, and dozens more.
These men had rich lives with their many artistic projects that were appreciated and loved by many.
I know I enjoyed and valued their incredible cover art each time I bought a fantasy book.
These two exceptional artists have certainly left their artistic mark in this world and will be greatly missed.
Visit these official websites for their complete history:
I often get the question, “Are your characters based on real people?”
My answer is yes and no.
To answer the question properly, I need to tell you how I develop my characters.
When I see a person who does something, or says something that grabs my attention in a big way, I begin to make him/her into a story character. Of course, when I’m finished with my story character, he/she is no longer remotely close to the person who caught my attention in the first place. However, the substance of that person was the first building blocks for creating my story character, so I like to think that a part of my story character is real.
An alternative book cover for The Alkahest
Not all my story characters are created this way. Some are a conglomeration of traits gathered from many personality types to produce the right story character for the role.
I would never use a real person in my stories because real people are boring in fiction. Story characters must be many times exaggerated and then some. They must be grander than life. Having said that, story characters are more reasonable in what they say or do. They have to be for the reader to understand them. In real life, people do irrational things, and we don’t understand why. In fiction, the reader understands why story characters do the things they do. They need to for the story to make sense to them.
“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” – Tom Clancy
That is the great thing about fiction and one of the main reasons that I love to write fiction – it’s different than life, more exaggerated than life is and far more versatile. My characters can do so much more, be so much more, and change so much faster than in real life.
I read and write fiction to escape everyday life. Real life people have their moments, but in fiction, the story characters, by far, outshine reality in a grandiose way.