I’m an indie fantasy author. I’m an avid reader and enjoy downloading titles by new writers onto my Kindle. I work a day job and write my novels early in the morning before the day clutters up my brain.
When did you first start writing?
Like many writers, I have been a life-long wordsmith. I wrote my first story when I was ten years old. It was about a young dragon that wanted to help lost kids find their way home.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
With the Internet tools available to indie authors, the opportunity to put my stories out for readers without going through an agent or publisher is very liberating. This freedom inspires me to do my best.
Becoming a Superhero was a coming-of-age tale about a drifting young man from a military family lost in a mire of gambling, prostitutes, and depression. It was also a humorous telling about the whims of peer pressure and finding a memorable psychologist. The duality made for an entertaining read.
The story centered on young Oliver, who convinced himself early on that he was a budding superhero like what he saw in movies and comic books. But reality showed he was instead an awkward nerd, and his family’s frequent moves made it difficult to keep friends. Cultural differences, and his parent’s meager finances, created misunderstandings with everyone. Oliver tried a military career like his father, but did not stay. Then came life’s real temptations.
Becoming a Superhero described many places where Oliver tasted the fun of life (having a lovely girlfriend with a French accent, a winning night at Blackjack, landing a high-paying job), then immersed himself to excess. He abandoned girlfriends and instead frequented prostitutes.
Recreational card playing turned to gambling addiction. The job no longer supported his indulgences, and Oliver racked up credit card debt and bankruptcies.
A refreshing voice entered Oliver’s life–a new psychologist. They discussed Oliver’s superhero yearnings. There was a way out of the well that Oliver kept falling into. After the journey through this superhero wannabe’s life, we learned what this young guy really wanted-and he was a superhero all along.
Namah, a young woman from the far side of the river, escapes an arranged marriage on her wedding day. After a harrowing pre-dawn ride in a tipsy boat, she meets wonderful magician friends--one of them Namah's older sister who was also a runaway bride. But trouble threatens Namah's magic-filled life on this side of the river.
Count Anton receives a visit from a bureaucrat bearing the unwelcome news of a neighboring king claiming Anton's lands. An invasion force will soon swarm up the river. Anton's people are farmers and craftsmen, not soldiers. And the reclusive underground goblins refuse to help. After years of hateful actions from Anton's people, the goblins have good reasons for leaving the surface dwellers to their fate.
Without goblin fighters, even Namah and her young women friends must help however they can. These king's soldiers terrify Anton's inexperienced fighters, but when the would-be conquerors draw blood from Anton's long-time goblin friend Haghuf, the escalated war is more than Namah, Count Anton, and their unwelcome visitors could ever imagine.
Coming of age stories are a timeless delight, and Demoniac Dance delivers. Namah is a clever untrained magician, but she struggles with pubescent naïveté. Count Anton is also a complex figure of a practical ruler who, ten years after marrying his Countess Ariane and producing a son, has fooled himself for the duration by saying he does not regret marrying the wrong woman. By the end of Demoniac Dance, we see his actions, thoughts, and heart align.
Moonlight by David Rose is a middle grades YA fantasy about the eleven-year-old Tadao, his childhood gal pal Yuzuki, her magical cat Gekkō-san, and their journey through childhood into true love.
Tadao and his parents just moved into town, and the mother shoos her son into the garden to explore while she unpacks. A beautiful cat with silver-grey fur and pale golden eyes squeezes through the fence and sits down as comfortable as you please. A pretty ten-year-old girl follows her kitty into the garden, and so begins the wonderful friendship between two lonely children.
They soon became as close as brother and sister, and also best friends. The teens’ friendship turns into young love. As often happens with working parents, in less than four years Tadao’s parents must move to another town. A few months after Tadao moves away, the biggest loss takes Yuzuki away forever. But the little cat Gekkō-san works her magic with the moonlight, and nothing is ever the same for Tadao.
Moonlight is a bittersweet story full of beautiful images. David Rose uses a masterful hand capturing the innocence and sweetness of solemn childhood promises. A life of duty and inevitability swirl around these children living in their Japanese world.
This story would delight all young YA readers with its rich fantasy world and a most magical moonlight-colored cat.
Mouse Moonwalk by Wilde Blue Sky is a fantasy for middle grade readers about a mouse named Rolo, who gains fame with a most unusual dance.
Rolo lives in a movie theatre with his mice and bird friends, eats delicious caramel-coated popcorn, and watches Internet videos. One day, he sees a performer with a wondrous step that makes the dancer go backwards while his feet pretend to step forward. This illusion delights Rolo, and the mouse practices the dance step until perfect.
The dancing mouse has a sometimes-scary journey to worldwide fame, but there are delightful rewards. He leaves his theatre pals behind, and makes new friends with other performing animals. The consequences of his fame creep in, and the homesick Rolo learns the true worth of friendship.
This charming short story immerses a likable hero in a fun little mouse world of Internet fame. Mouse Moonwalk does a good job of presenting differing points of view, and explaining why sometimes others come across as bossy or mean. Rolo and his pals were easy to visualize, and the simple plot had a satisfying ending without being preachy.
Mouse Moonwalk would make an excellent bedtime story to read to a preteen. Children would enjoy the relatable real-life elements surrounding Rolo. This quick read is recommended for fans of mice stories and the optical illusion of moonwalking.