When I decided to seriously pursue my writing aspirations back in 2002, it still took a number of years before I devoted the amount of time and diligence required to transform the dream into reality. Back then I was years from retirement, the day job paid the bills, and at the end of most days the LAST place I wanted to be was in front of another computer. But then an idea came to mind and never went away. Totally engaged, I had no choice but to delve deeper and keep writing. Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel resulted. Intended at first as a stand-alone, its publication generated enough interest for the development of a trilogy, entitled Dark Lords of Epthelion.
I enjoyed a most rewarding experience. Writing Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel proved both an adventure and an escape. For three to four hours every evening I left the mundane world of computer coding and set my imagination free, enjoying the ride as I waited to see where it took me. I had but an image: A young woman standing outside a ramshackle cottage at sunset. The dying sun stained the cottage walls with rusty hues. A dead tree behind her raised skeletal bleached branches to the sky. The wind lifted her blonde hair and stirred the sparse native grass at her feet. Her face wore a haunted expression as she contemplated the darkening sky, trying to decide to which of the mysterious kingdoms surrounding her she could flee. Whether merely unhappy or facing mortal danger I could not tell, but as she began to speak a tale of indescribable betrayal and tragedy unfolded that made me wonder: How do you retain your sanity when the unendurable shatters your world and destroys all you hold dear? How can you ever learn to love or trust or laugh again?
A story of human resilience, perseverance, faith, and victory emerged. My heroine not only survived but thrived, and continued on to a more fulfilling life than she might have otherwise enjoyed. And during her journey she discovered within herself strength and abilities she didn’t know she possessed.
Warrior Queen of Ha-Ran-Fel swept me into a beautiful and enchanted world with a colorful cast of characters: The Arganian mystics; the stalwart woodsmen; the evil sorcerer and his ambitious apprentice; the sinister peoples of the Dark Lord’s realm; and the rough-neck mercenaries, among others. Action, suspense, and humor intertwine into an intriguing tale. I loved writing it. And I’d love to share my world with you.
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