Hi looks like I'm going to be a guest at CharCon this year to promote my new book Vanquished Heores:After the Fall I will be doing signings, Q&A sessions, and possibly helping to judge the costume contest. So come on out to Charcon and see what all of the fuss is about.
I initially came up with the concept for Vanquished Heroes back in the early 1990s while I was in the US Navy.
Very long at sea periods performing repetitive tasks gives ones mind time to do more creative things.
So it was that the world of Tyrn was was born. I tried several times to write the story and never got very far. About three chapters or so and then nothing. What I did do however, as an avid role player is run a few D&D games set in this world I created and let it run. Before you say anything VH is not a rehash of an old dungeons and dragons campaign. I did however incorporate some of their more notable actions and more importantly the repercussions of those actions into the history of the world.
Apologies to my old players but you probably wonít see your old characters in my pages but you may run across your footprints. Anyway, armed with a load of background material I set out again to write the book which didnít have a title at the time. Again I only got a few pages and holy crap I got deployed to a war zone. Pretty much all creative work ceased. It was during this time that I developed a distinct dislike for Robert Jordanís Wheel of Time Series. I had no real time for creative endeavours but I could still read here and there. Three months along I finished book three of the series only to realize it wasnít a trilogy. Eventually, book four and then five were released and still no end. Then book six was just 900 pages of filler. It almost turned me off of reading and writing for good. No offense intended to you Jordan fans out there.
Anyway my project simmered in my mind on and off over the years Iíd get interested in writing again. I would go looking for my old notes and wouldnít be able to locate them and that would be the end of that.
Then I started working in a library. Then it hit me I can do this. I can write a book at least as good as any of the fiction on the shelf there. So I scrapped almost everything and started over. I kept what I could remember from my notes and used it as background and started a new. New heroes and new menace, over all a new style of writing for me.
It took about 11 months to complete the manuscript. The rest of the time has been spent on editing and cover art.