It’s been nearly 6 weeks since the release of Shadows of Creation and I’m still excited to see more copies get into new hands every day. I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received, and I can’t thank you all enough. To put icing on the cake, the feedback I’ve received has been encouraging.
So many of you who supported me have never read a fantasy novel, no less an epic fantasy novel based in a completely fictional world. The concept can be a little daunting given the setting is so far different from ours. Many of the names are fictional… and Elves? With pointy ears? It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
If you’ve read some of my short stories (through my website or Worldhoppers Guild) you can notice my writing style (and genre) can vary. I love science fiction and other different styles of fantasy stories as well. So, I thought I might share a few thoughts about the book. I’ve always found an awesomeness in the creativity of unique worlds and magic systems. And as I fleshed out the full story and started writing, I knew the setting had to be in a world completely my own.
With that said, I want to point out how much fantasy fiction can relate to the here and now. So many of my favorite novels deal with real-life issues – greed and power, repression of classes/races, human psychology/sociology, mental health, addiction, and the ultimate redemption of our protagonists and the fall of our antagonists.
In Shadows, you’ll find many of these themes. The world may be foreign, but the characters are flawed, just like you and I. The powerful people are imaginary, but still corrupt. Our heroes go in with the best intentions, but find doing the right thing is more difficult than they think.
Thanks again for the support and if you’ve had the time to read through the book (or even part of it), I would GREATLY appreciate you taking the time to leave an honest Amazon (and/or GoodReads) review. It’s important to me to hone my craft and get better, and that happens through feedback. Plus, the additional reviews will help me reach a wider audience. **FYI – for family members that share the same last name, Amazon does have strict guidelines regarding their terms of service for reviews. As much as I would appreciate it, we should err on the side of caution and avoid posting a review.**
In the meantime, Book 2 is in the works and for those who don’t know, a second non-related novel has been written and is in the editing process. I will share more information as it gets closer.
If you haven’t picked it up, I’ll leave a link for the book on Amazon. It’s available in eBook and Paperback.