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I suppose I should begin at the beginning. I was born a Navy brat, in Norfolk, VA. From there, my family moved to San Te, CA, and then to RI. I have no need to state what town in RI since the whole state is only 30 miles wide and 60 miles long.
I did most of my growing up here in the smallest state in the country, though I have also lived in GA, MO, NY, and spent a bit of time in the Middle East. Alas, I have always returned to RI as my home and it is here that I currently reside.
As an avid 31 year old reader of fantasy novels, I have found myself growing more and more disgruntled with the same old story and style used over and over again. Somewhere along the line, it was determined that a fantasy novel had to be longer and longer, written in series that seemed to have no apparent end to them.
My introduction to fantasy novels occured in the 6th grade when I picked up a copy of "The Sword of Shannara" at a used book fair. I was hooked immediately to the genre. Imagine my disapointment when I found that the story line was almost identical to "The Lord of the Rings".
I read many other novels through the years and then, in 2000, I joined the Army. About this time I began reading the "Wheel of Time" series. Here I am, almost 13 years later and I am still reading the "Wheel of Time" series. Mostly out of stubborness at this point, because I have almost lost track of the story as much as the author apparently did.
Since the Army, I have opened my own Karate Dojo, a life long dream of mine as I have trained in traditional Okinawan Karate for over 25 years now. I had also longed to write a novel, but at the time I needed to do something that could earn me a living. I knew that it was a long shot to ever get a novel published...or so I thought.
Around the time I opened my Dojo, I began reading an author by the name of Brian S. Pratt. I found his approach to fantasy to be a breath of fresh air. More than just this, he offered insight into the world of Smashwords.com.
And so, here I am. I am putting the finishing touches on my first novel which will hopefully be available before December 21st of this year. It is, obviously, a fantasy novel. And more than that I will not say until I am ready to publish it. Until that time, I bid you all adieu.
on Feb. 01, 2013 :
I found this book quite amazing..It was one I would highly recommend to others...I can't wait until the next one
Marie A King
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)