I am a 22 year old from Southern Ontario, and I've been writing for almost eight years now. It took me a while to finish my first idea that I've actually been pleased with. Its the oddest sensation having stories in your head, yelling to be told, but only some of them actually go anywhere worth telling. That was the struggle with the only first draft you'll see here. SHIFTED as the book's working title is now, is the first piece of what will be, by all looks, a long winded saga. A story of five friends, pulled into a strange new world, to live and experience a life they would never have though possible. A world in which magic, reality, dreams and nightmares can clash with the most impossible of results.
SHIFTED is still very much a work in progress. The storyline of that first book is finished, but it is unedited, and I will admit, probably in need of some very heavy polishing. Eventually I will come to that point. That is a task to be handled in the coming months, I should like to think, but I cannot be sure. Either way, I would like to post it here. The second book of this saga is already underway. MAGE-SLAYER is the working title, although only five chapters in and I suspect that title will change.
As to why I write, well the simple reason would be that I enjoy it. But nothing is ever that simple. I write to escape. I write because it is where things can work out how I think they should. I write because the world I can create in my own head, the reality I weave in my mind, is inherently more to my liking than the reality I have now. Things have come to pass, loves lost, time stolen, gambles made and failed. In the words I type and write, those things need not happen. But it is more than that. It is a way I can express my failings, my successes. My regrets and my happiness. Things I will miss and wish I had never lost, and things I know I will always have. I might wrap it in a heavy fantasy type of skin, hide it behind a strange adventure. But that is the core of what is there. I enjoy writing because it is the purest freedom of my mind, soul, and desires. That is why I write. If someone happens to enjoy what they read as a result, that makes me all the happier. So go on, and please let me know what you think.
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by Keon Croucher
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Published: January 15, 2015
Five friends get the chance of a lifetime as magic comes to real life. Led by Keon, the most insane of the bunch, he, his love Katie, and his close friends Melissa, Ted and Ben all dive into an adventure that takes them from their mundane lives on Earth to a mystical and magical place. Tariek. There they get to answer an ultimate thirst that they all share. A thirst for adventure.
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