'The Mythic Forest' is a complete reworking of the Rapunzel fairy tale, from the point the characters are cast into the wilderness. It seeks to explain just how each character could survive considering one is blinded and the other pregnant and completely unaware of how to live outside her tower prison. It also explores themes of good and evil and of man's place and attitude towards the natural world.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I actually had planned to write just a few sentences to go along with a series of illustrations as a bedtime book for my daughters (some of which can be found under my name at wordpress.com and deviantart.com). The main characters were a set of young twins, named Dandle and Lion. At the time, Rapunzel was one of my girls' favorite stories, where at the end she gave birth to twins.... so I sort of decided my characters would be her children. Instant provenance! As I developed the story (which will be the basis for Fabelwald Book II), I felt I had to address the prior history and a few hundred words eventually became the over 65,000 found in 'The Mythic Forest'.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think it is knowing that as a result of writing, I have developed a greater appreciation for people who do this as a living. Beyond simply reading a story for its creativity and entertainment value, I had to study and analyze things like word choices, themes, pacing and symbolism. Finding those underlying messages and clues and coming to understand the techniques involved in creating them brought casual reading to such deeper levels for me.
What are you working on next?
Fabelwald Book II: Dandle and Lion. It will pick up a few years into the future with the children learning to use magic. We will see their daily life as they grow up and join in on adventures that expand the series' world in terms of magic annd monsters, races and locations.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My hobbies are drawing/sketching (pencils and digital paints), gaming, reading, and cooking.
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