Jay Swanson


When I was a kid, I loved to tell stories. If I didn’t have one from real life that was interesting enough to hold someone’s attention, I would just make one up. My parents tended to call these “tall tales.” I didn’t just make up these stories for attention though; I made them up to bring out the deeper senses.

I was as fast as any car racing down the street, and could leap over any building in my hometown (which I later realized wasn’t really that impressive). I kept a battle ax under my backpack for any ambush that might find me on the way to school, and sailed with Jason’s Argonauts to find the golden fleece. To put it bluntly, I was a badass.

The rush that I got from this was real. What I came to understand was that Fantasy, whether my own or in books, did more than offer an escape. It heightened reality. I found that literature lent a window into the souls of others and – by extension – a mirror to my own. Fantasy differed in that it provided a unique set of surreal tools with which to paint the world in adrenaline-fueled colors.

The human experience is still what ties us to our favorite characters. We identify with them. We draw power from them. Then we do something more than simply escape: we grow.

This is true of all good stories. I write fantasy because it touches something deeper. It pulls out the reality that hides just below the surface of our everyday existence. It’s mystical, wild, and reaches into the unknown. Still, I’m no authority on the genre. All I know is that when I read and write in it, I come alive in a different way.

That’s what I want to share with you. I started out writing stories simply because I liked to tell them. My goal now is to encourage and inspire. Lofty, I know. I hope the respite it brings leaves you invigorated, and better able to face your day. Where my wisdom is found lacking, I simply hope you enjoy reading along.

If you get anything more out of it than that, I’ll be thrilled.

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Shadows of the Highridge
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,930. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Moving along the soil is the quickest way to die; for Tolly to survive she must learn to stay silent. Life on farms like hers and her neighbor Vanig's was difficult enough in the face of plague and a decade of drought, but something worse has come to the foothills under the Highridge Mountains. Something that will destroy everything they love. Death looms in the shadows of the Highridge.
Into the Nanten: The Record of My Exile (Season One)
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 108,390. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Into the Nanten is the journal of Marceles na Tetrarch, a man exiled into the world's most hostile jungle in search of a man that he hates who was exiled there 20 years before him. With four companions, Marceles must face bandits, monsters, cannibals, and worse as he tries clear his name through valor in the depths of the fallen Nanten Kingdom. The World's First Real Time Fantasy Story
Dark Horse
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,090. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Chakra must survive the next two nights, or Melina will die. Melina has contracted a disease no one has seen in decades that will kill her in a matter of days. There is no cure; unless one believes an outcast known only as the woods doctor. Chakra has no choice but to believe. Pitted against vicious monsters and lethal puzzles, Chakra must live long enough to save the woman he loves.
The Vitalis Chronicles: Steps of Krakador
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 130,520. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Book three in the Vitalis Chornicles trilogy, following Ardin as he must fight to save all that he knows and loves, while overcoming the destabilizing presence of a new power in his body. The Relequim is escaping his prison in the Nameless Mountain, and he is ready to launch attacks simultaneously on all fronts in this action-packed culmination of the fantasy trilogy that will keep you riveted!
The Vitalis Chronicles: Tomb of the Relequim
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 119,860. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ardin Vitalis' last waking memory is of killing the Mage who betrayed him. Little does he know that his own people are being corrupted, compromised, and turned against each other by the returning influence of their former enemy: the Relequim. If Ardin can't overcome the demons in his dark past, he may succumb to them, and become the tool of his own worst enemies.
White Shores (The Vitalis Chronicles)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,050. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The world is languishing in the aftermath of the Continental Wars. Peace has reigned tentatively until the Witch, thought to be the last of the Magi, strikes back at the human race. Caught in the middle of the strife young, Ardin's family is murdered by his own nation’s army. Striking out for revenge, he finds himself thrust unwillingly into events that will determine the fate of his world.

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