I want to start off by saying a huge, huge thank you to Celthric for this opportunity to share the beginnings of my journey on such an awesome website! I’ve spent the last few hours reading through the articles here listed, and am thoroughly impressed at the level of professionalism presented, of both the site and the content.
I was asked to share some information about myself and my creative works, so I thought I’d start with a just a touch about my history.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a pilot and throughout my schooling I focused on subjects like maths, physics and chemistry. It was in my High School years, during my study breaks and whilst enjoying the abundant natural world that surrounded my home in Central Queensland, I stumbled upon the idea of an epic five sided war, and from there the beginnings of a story took hold.
After tinkering with those initial story ideas, I graduated High School and moved into University to follow my piloting career. I was very careful to ensure that during those years, I scheduled time to work on my story, no matter how hectic life seemed. It was then the story arcs, characters, locations and events really started to take shape.
Feeling like I’d been walking with blinkers on for the last 20 years, I realised as I geared up for gradation as a commercial pilot, that I didn’t want to work in the airlines. I wanted to use my skills to help people and make a difference in the world. Deciphering what that meant exactly and taking a bit of time to rediscover my career direction, I took a few years to work on some business ideas and of course, begin writing the first draft of my debut novel, ‘The Exiled’. After several self edits, I was finally happy with what I’d produced and approached a publisher. Within months it was off to the editors and we were underway!
This novel, Book One from the ‘Archives of the Harvest Wars’, is an epic fantasy and is the first in a long line of works. As I look forward, I laugh at the fact I’ve committed myself to writing for the next 20 years. Its lucky I love it so much!
Now that I’ve shared with you a little of my journey, I have for you the synopsis from the upcoming novel:
When a foreign invasion threatens to tip the balance of power, and drag the Elves into a new war, Belissians everywhere seize their chance to spark the next rebellion to overthrow the Elven Regime.
As tensions rise and old grievances come into play, the Elven Captain Selouteau races to save her home from the Human invasion. In the hope of rekindling an old alliance, she goes in search of the exiled Prince of a Lesser Race, who has fled into hiding. Struggling to bring together the pieces of his failed coup, Selouteau finds the Prince wrestling to unite the Lesser Races before the continent descends into another war. And there, in the exiled Prince’s court, Captain Selouteau discovers something that brings into question the legitimacy of the Elven reign.
All the while, the Lesser Races move to divide the continent as battle lines are drawn, in anticipation for the Human’s attack on the Elven throne. And in the depths of the world, another being; deeper, darker and stronger than anything known has awoken.
Will Selouteau push to discover the truth about the Elven Regime? Can she and the Elves triumph against the Human invaders, and extinguish the stirring revolution at the same time? Will Belissia survive another war?
Now, leading up to the launch of my debut novel in Spring (Australia) this year, I am releasing a prequel novella, which follows the events fifty years prior to those portrayed in ‘The Exiled’. This shorter novella, follows the revolutionary story of an idealist, whose actions spark the next rebellion against the Elves, paving the way for ‘The Exiled’.
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