Not many people know the story of how I became a full-time author. It’s a story about setting goals, failing, trying again, trying new things, failing again, sticking with it. It’s full of twists and turns, a lot like my novels. For years I have wanted to tell the story, to share it with other writers to help motivate and inspire them to hang in there.
Over a decade ago I took a writing class from Terry Brooks which changed my thinking on many things related to the path to publishing. It was a turning point moment. He gave me some advice which really helped make a difference in how I approached the craft. After many years of waiting for the “right opportunity” to share these experiences, I literally felt compelled to write about them this year, even though I was in the middle of working on a new series (The Grave Kingdom) and publishing my e-zine. When I finally started writing it this summer, it flowed out of me like water trying to burst out. I’m hoping it will be insightful to fellow writers still on the journey to their success. I also think it will be enjoyable for anyone who loves my books and wants to know where all this imagination came from and how my life experiences forged who I am today and why I write fantasy novels instead of thrillers or historical fiction. I used to write both.
I’ll admit I’m nervous about this new book coming out. It’s a true story, it’s my story, and I don’t pull any punches of where I made mistakes and some of the life lessons I experienced which were very painful as well as unbelievably cool.
I’m often asked for writing advice by people just starting their journey. This story is also for you. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of work to write a million words.
It will be published November 25, 2019 in print, e-book, and audio (and yes, I’ll be doing the narration myself)
Pre-order on Kindle here: https://amzn.to/35ArwLt
(sorry, can’t create pre-order pages for the print book or audio before it comes out)