Fate of Legends Series
Why should I read Hunter of Legends?
It has action, adventure, sex, violence, betrayal, humor, and a world unlike any you've seen before! A world where everything about you - the way you look, the way you think, your personality, and your emotions - is contagious.
What kind of book is it?
A dystopian adventure/fantasy novel. The initial setting is contemporary, but it mostly involves a medieval setting.
What is it about?
There's a lot to unpack in the book. It delves into nationalism, racism, multi-culturalism, the effects of the loss of a parent on a child, and the perils of acting out on our baser emotions. It also tackles addiction and recovery...all important themes, particularly today.
Is there magic and stuff?
No magic per se. The world and its...properties are quite unique, and definitely in the realm of fantasy. But I don't think you'll have seen anything like it before.
Is this book appropriate for kids?
There's a bit of sexual content and swearing in the book, so I'd say it's 18+. It's a bit darker than the Runic series...fair warning!
I'm disturbed by the content in this book. You're not a white nationalist, are you?
No. I have two wonderful, multi-racial children. I do find nationalism an important idea to think about, especially with what's happened in the U.S. and in the world recently. I write about what I want to understand, and I feel it is important to understand another person's point of view, even if I don't agree with it. Especially if I don't agree with it.
What made you write it?
I promised a long time ago to write a trilogy of books for each child that I had, with them as the main character.
Will there be a sequel?
There already is! Seeker of Legends is the second book in the series, and the third book will be published by the fourth quarter of 2018.
The Runic Series
What is the Runic series?
Runic Awakening is the first book in the Runic series, a modern fantasy epic with sci-fi elements. It tells the story of Kyle, a teenage boy struggling to come to terms with his parents' divorce...and the incredible adventure he finds himself thrust into.
Why should I buy these books?
It's got action, adventure, magic, political intrigue, murder, betrayal, love, and loss. I think you'll like it...and even if you don't, for a fraction of the price of bringing a date to the movies, it's not a big risk.
Fantasy, huh? Is this another Lord of the Rings clone?
No. You won't find elves, dwarves, fairies, goblins, or other such things here. Sure there's magic, but it's a unique system...one that is both deep and compelling.
But it's a typical "good guys fight an evil force threatening the world" story, right?
A lot of stories chronicle the struggles of good versus evil, pitting our heroes against a force that threatens to destroy the world...for some nebulous reason. Mostly because they're just evil. That's not very interesting to me. The "bad guys" don't need to be through-and-through evil. The Runic Series takes a different approach...one where the difference between the good guys and the bad guys is often just a matter of perspective. Like real life.
The main character is a teenage boy. Is this a children's book?
No. While teenagers can certainly enjoy the book - I would have as a teen - this book was written for adults.
The main character is kind of a wimp in the first book! What gives?
In movies, people are just a 10-minute training montage away from being powerful enough to defeat the villain. In real life, growth takes time, and it isn't linear. It's two steps forward, one step back...and sometimes a leap sideways. I wrote the series in part to present a more realistic depiction of personal growth...knowing that not everyone would like it! But I do believe you'll be satisfied by book 2.
Does it have lots of sex and violence?
No sex. But there is a bit of rather graphic violence, and it gets pretty dark.
What do you mean it has science fiction elements in it? Like spaceships and stuff?
No spaceships. No green aliens either. It does have a more scientific bent than the typical fantasy novel...but don't find that off-putting if you hate science. It won't get in the way.
Did you self-publish the book?
After finishing the first book, I started writing a query letter to send to agents to publish the traditional way. Since I hate self-promotion, I procrastinated and wrote the second book instead of finishing a query letter. Then the third book. Yes, writing over a thousand pages was easier to me than writing a paragraph or two to try to "sell" myself. I'd make a terrible prostitute.
Is there like, a deep message or theme behind the book?
Several, in fact. Find them all!