Shiver Me Timbers It’s A World Apart
June 2012 marks the release of A World Apart, the second in the Elencheran Chronicles series, full of pirates, love, magic, friendship, battles and family. I sometimes thought I would not make it this far but it’s an amazing feeling to have this second book out there. I just have time to tell you a little more before retreating to my laptop to begin my third book! Writers sadly don’t have holidays. Our imaginations won’t allow it!
I began this venture back in 1999 with the creation of the fictitious world of Elenchera. After more than a decade of world building, including 500+ maps and 47,000 years of history, I released my first novel, Fezariu’s Epiphany, in May 2011. Though the Elencheran Chronicles deal with a fantasy world my aim has always been to do something different with the genre, to make it more accessible to a wider range of readers. Although Elenchera is a key aspect of each novel in the series, it is the characters that take precedence and not the world. Readers will still learn snippets of Elencheran history but the bulk of their time will be spent in the company of the characters.
I applied this rule with Fezariu’s Epiphany which told the story of a boy who suffers many upheavals in his young life, including the abandonment of his mother and the murder of his stepfather. Fezariu blames himself for these tragedies and eventually runs away from home. He joins the Merelax Mercenaries – Elenchera’s most prestigious hired hands. Rising through the ranks, Fezariu is born to be a mercenary but his past never lets go and when the chance to go back and learn the truth comes along he has no choice but to take it.
Fezariu’s Epiphany had a generally positive response, which was very humbling for me, and I am hoping the same will be true of A World Apart. This isn’t a sequel but a new, stand-alone novel focusing on three friends – Demetrius, Eleyna and Halcyon – who grow up together in Dove’s Meadow. In their teens they end up in a love triangle, which is only resolved when Demetrius leaves to join the army. After a decade the three friends are reunited, no longer as friends but as enemies. Demetrius is a disgraced soldier charged with hunting down a notorious pirate – the Ivory Rose. Halcyon is part of the Ivory Rose’s crew and Eleyna is the infamous pirate Captain that Demetrius must capture or kill to earn his freedom. It’s a tough dilemma but which path will Demetrius take?
A World Apart is a much longer novel than Fezariu’s Epiphany but it’s been so rewarding completing it. I have felt more confident working on this novel. I received some useful feedback for Fezariu’s Epiphany and I have applied that with this latest book. I am hopeful that A World Apart will be considered superior to Fezariu’s Epiphany, as I believe it is, but at the same time I am looking forward to further feedback, the chance to learn and develop as an author.
One of the reasons I became an indie author in the first place is I believe that readers are the ones that ultimately decide how worthwhile a book is. Readers, writers and book bloggers are the teachers I listen to intently with every piece of writing I produce. I don’t believe it’s possible to write the perfect novel but I do believe you will only get close to that ideal by taking on board what others have to say. For me, all constructive criticism, whether positive or negative, is always welcome. I never want to stop developing as a writer and only readers can help me complete this amazing journey.
GIVE AWAY GIVE AWAY
The author is giving away an e-book copy of A World Apart and ...... $20 Amazon GC! To join the giveaway, just leave a comment with your email. Extra points will be given to those who will follow Bookingly Yours and share this post thru Facebook and Twitter with the link/s included in the comment section. Giveaway ends on July 17 and winner will be announced shortly thereafter. GOODLUCK!!
U P D A T E A S O F J U L Y 1 5 T H
The author is adding one more e-book for the giveaway and this will be extended until the 27th of July. Goodluck!