I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia exploring the worlds of Terry Brooks, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and David Eddings. A fan of video games as well I always felt myself drawn more to the ones that told a great story. Whether it was flying around fighting the alien Kilrathi in Wing Commander, fighting off an alien invasion in X-Com, or becoming a great hero in the Quest for Glory series, the stories and worlds I found in those games still bring me back to play them every now and then even today.
I would love to say that my educational background was heavy in English Composition and Creative Writing. While those skills would have made the writing process much easier, I actually studied Mathematics in Education. While I love the creativity involved in finding new and interesting ways to teach my students, my main passion has always been in fantasy worlds. Luckily (or unluckily if you ask my wallet) each year because of transfers my job has moved me further and further away. This has turned into over two hours of a commute every day, which I have turned into my brainstorming sessions for my own world.
My hope is to create a world that does not generate me huge sums of money and book/movie deals. I certainly feel no need to be the next J. K . Rowling (although I love the Harry Potter series). My only goal for this blog and for the world I create is to have characters and a story that people can immerse themselves in and enjoy just as much as I enjoy them.
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Bound to the Abyss
Ean Sangrave, a disgruntled Healer’s apprentice barely in his twenties, wants to escape and start a new life outside of the village that hates him. If the village ever discovered Ean's ability to summon creatures from the Abyss - like his closest friend, Zin the imp - judgment would be swift and final. An invasion by an undefeatable monster forces Ean to leave his town and explore the world/
The Three Moons Realm: Characters
These five short stories follow a variety of characters that reside in the Three Moons Realm or the Abyss, a connected world created by one of the world's gods. Each story is a small look at the lives, locations, cultures, and history of the Three Moons Realm.
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- Wothlondia Rising: The Anthology
on Dec. 23, 2013
Wothlondia Rising: Distant Familiarity is an excellent first look into a new world created by author Gary Vanucci. Right off the bat the characters draw you in with their distinct and vastly different personalities. By following these characters up to the point where Gary Vanucci's first full novel, Covenant of the Faceless Knights, begins, you already feel invested in the characters and their future.
The story itself does a nice job of mixing in character development, a glimpse at this wide new world that Gary Vanucci has created, and also hints at both the world's past as well as the pasts of these aged adventurers. I am excited to began Covenant of the Faceless Knights in order to get a deeper look at the past of these interesting characters as well as what the future holds for them. If Covenant of the Faceless Knights is in any way as engaging as Wothlondia Rising: Distant Familiarity, then I know I will not only highly enjoy it, I will be rushing to read the other short stories written by Gary Vanucci in order to delve deeper into this world.