Jay Swanson


When I was a kid, I loved to tell stories. If I couldn’t find one from real life that was interesting enough to hold someone’s attention, I would just make one up. My parents tended to call these “tall tales.” I didn’t just make up these stories for attention though, I made them up to get away.

I was as fast as any car racing down the street, and could leap over any building in Pullman, WA (which I later realized wasn’t really that impressive). I kept a battle ax under my backpack for any ambush that might find me on the way to school, and sailed with Jason’s Argonauts to find the golden fleece. To put it bluntly, I was a badass.

And that’s what fantasy comes down to – it’s a genre built like an emergency exit at the back of your mind. So you escape for a little bit, close yourself off to the challenges you face, and root for someone else in an entirely different world to overcome their own. We identify with our favorite characters. We draw power from them.

That’s why I write, and why I want to share with you. I do hope to impart some truth or wisdom along the way. My goal is to encourage and inspire as you overcome difficulties with my characters, and I hope the respite it brings contributes in some small way to the overcoming of your own.

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The Vitalis Chronicles: Steps of Krakador
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 130,520. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Book three in the Vitalis Chornicles trilogy, following Ardin as he must fight to save all that he knows and loves, while overcoming the destabilizing presence of a new power in his body. The Relequim is escaping his prison in the Nameless Mountain, and he is ready to launch attacks simultaneously on all fronts in this action-packed culmination of the fantasy trilogy that will keep you riveted!
The Vitalis Chronicles: Tomb of the Relequim
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 119,860. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ardin Vitalis' last waking memory is of killing the Mage who betrayed him. Little does he know that his own people are being corrupted, compromised, and turned against each other by the returning influence of their former enemy: the Relequim. If Ardin can't overcome the demons in his dark past, he may succumb to them, and become the tool of his own worst enemies.
White Shores (The Vitalis Chronicles)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,050. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The world is languishing in the aftermath of the Continental Wars. Peace has reigned tentatively until the Witch, thought to be the last of the Magi, strikes back at the human race. Caught in the middle of the strife young, Ardin's family is murdered by his own nation’s army. Striking out for revenge, he finds himself thrust unwillingly into events that will determine the fate of his world.

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