I was one of those kids who daydreamed his way through school. All the little adventures I'd concoct in my mind were far more interesting than math or tests or sport. Somehow, I passed the important bits (art and english) and moved on, but always with a creative perspective to my life.
It was around 1992 when the magic of reading really sunk into me, for it was then I discovered fantasy novels. Feist, Salvatore & Eddings showed me worlds that fired my imagination, and from that point on I knew I wanted to write the stories that flitted around the recesses of my imagination.
Unfortunately, I spent most of the next fifteen years dealing with poor health, including resultant chronic fatigue syndrome which interfered with my life immeasurably, but gave me ample time for thought. An abortive attempt to create a story happened around 1996, but I look back on such things as stepping stones on the road to where I wanted to be.
My first complete novel was actually done back in '03, but it was a derivative work based on elements from other stories, something I didn't realise until after I'd written it. The mind can do funny things if you don't keep it on a tight leash! Still, there were some unique points to the story I kept, so I scrapped the rest and began a completely new for Neverwinter Nights, that RPG video game thing you may or may not have heard of.
The story was so successful (filled with rich, creamy character development) that I lamented that only people playing the game would ever see it. In 2009, with my health improving, I resolved to novelize the stories I'd written, in addition to developing the world in which they exist as the basis for a new fantasy series.
I consider those stories to be merely the first iteration of the saga, for my novels have evolved far beyond the original scope, in terms of detail, plot and character building. Looking back on it now, I can see my style has evolved a very long way from those humble beginnings indeed.
Oh, I also paint. You can expect to see more cover art with each title, becoming more technically sophisticated each time.
on March 17, 2013 :
I bought this book after being drawn in by the cover and short description. I then realised that it was part of a series so I read the first book, "Nature Abhors a Vacuum" (which was being offered for free) before starting this one. The first book in the series was okay for a free book, but not something I would want to spend money on.
I was pleasantly surprised by the increase in quality for this second book. The writing was more polished, the characters more varied, and the plot more intriguing. All in all I quite enjoyed this book and am glad I came across it.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on March 03, 2013 :
Not a bad read at all. Got hooked by the cheap first volume and had to purchase the sequels. Nice work. :)
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Feb. 20, 2013 :
Excellent Story. Having read the first book of the series I had to keep reading to see how the characters evolve and enjoy there continuing adventures. There's a lot of fantasy novels out there but not an awful lot that's any good so its a real pleasure to find the gems hidden among all the stones.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2012 :
Traditional fantasy elements mixed with political intrigue and quite an easy read. Very enjoyable, a very good narrative structure/flow from chapter to chapter that makes it a real page turner. Elements will be familiar to those like me who played the RPG but this is not a simple conversion of a computer game to book format but very much a novel worth reading in its own right.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
on Oct. 07, 2012 :
Stephen Nowland is a very talanted author; his books are epic, non-stop action that's hard to put down for silly things like sleep. The character interactions are wonderful, and the story is great. I just wish this book had been as long as the first!
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)
on July 30, 2012 :
excellent and well put together, something New and something old; a wedding of possibilities; good structure and plot, creating a world of wonderful fantasy.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)