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LitRPG or The Art of Writing Quickly

Perhaps you’re familiar with the sub genre of fantasy called LitRPG. A friend of mine – Andrew Seiple – turned me on to it. He’s a fellow writer, gamer, and all-around good guy so I knew he wouldn’t steer me wrong. He’d begun to dabble in this genre, and since I am fortunate enough to edit his writing, he wanted to make sure I was up for editing his latest effort, a LitRPG story called Threadbare. As with all his work, I was hooked by page 2. He wrote 3 books in the Threadbare saga, and he published them first on …Read more »

Thornbury Confidential – 1st chapter

Chapter 1: Boleian Investigations It might sound ghoulish, but I’d been waiting for a murder case to come along. I just didn’t recognize that’s what this was right away. A dwarf burst into the office, but I barely looked up from my book. We get all kinds at Boleian Investigations, and an out of breath dwarf isn’t all that unusual up on the third floor. He put his hands on his knees, gasping for air. “Where’s the wizard? Where’s Boleian?” His words came out in huffs. I shrugged. “Who’s asking?” He slapped his hand on the desk. “Cirdore’s dead. Cirdore …Read more »

Destructive Readers

I’m part of an online community called Destructive Readers. It’s a writing and editing group hosted at reddit. Despite the name, it’s a fairly civil place where writers can get honest feedback and critiques of their writing. I’ve done my share of destroying and being destroyed, and I cannot recommend it enough. It is hard to find real, unvarnished feedback, and at Destructive Readers you pay for your time in the spotlight by offering your critiques of other member’s work. The symbiotic balance is monitored by the group’s moderators, and they are quick to call out those who ask too …Read more »

The Soul Thief sample — the prologue

  Prologue A wooden wagon filled with refuges from Breckenful creaked down a dirt path. One woman sat half a head taller than the others. She stared at the passing trees with tired eyes. Her face had streaks of soot where she’d pushed hair from her eyes with dirty fingers. She did so again and looked at her hand. Her fingernails were crusted with dark matter – probably some blood mixed in with the soot. In the early morning light it was hard to tell and for that the woman was thankful. A young girl on her right muttered something, …Read more »

The Soul Thief

I am beyond thrilled to be able to post here that the novel is done! Written, edited, polished, edited, polished, read, and published! Below is the cover image. I had the honor of working with a really talented artist named Megan Hutchison on the cover. She took my rough ideas and made them a reality. I started writing this story on April 14th, 2012, and I was scared to death. I had just recently admitted to myself that my dream was to be a writer. You know how people talk about deathbed regrets — that would have been my regret, that …Read more »

Teaka Mote: Thief, Soldier, Spy

The main character of The Soul Thief is Teaka Mote. She’s a former soldier and spy and currently working as a thief in the capital city of Tolount. Even though I played Indira as a character in World of Warcraft and Dungeons and Dragons, I made Teaka the main character of the novel. It was a conscious decision, (obviously) but at the time I wouldn’t have been able to tell you exactly why — it just felt right. I think I know why I did it now. Although I love Indira (and she’s a little too much like me), it …Read more »

The Soul Thief: A First Look

My novel, The Soul Thief will be coming out in a few weeks. It’s a fantasy novel, and in my opinion the best fantasy novels begin with a map and end with a glossary The action takes place on the continent of Sarana. It was almost totally unified at one point under the Rhoshundari Empire. But several hundred years ago, the Empire was broken. Almost all of the action in The Soul Thief takes place in the country of Orishea. Its neighbor to the north is Sulesia, and it shares a border to the south with Vatiba and a eastern …Read more »

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