Rival Gates


I grew up in a wonderful family headed by my father, who was an editor, and my mother who taught in high school. Out of the many great moments growing up, I remember most fondly our after supper talks. We may have been at the dinner table with a pot of tea or on the porch swings but we sat and told stories. At one point or another, everyone in the family would tell some sort of tale. Some were true and others were invented purely for entertainment value. Each person, however, told their story slightly differently. Perhaps the differences were the places where pauses were implanted for affect. Other differences were facial expressions, tone of voice or even something as simple as the order in which the story was told. I was enchanted and learned different traits from my parents, brothers and sister that helped me form my own style.

My father always said, "The best writers are the best storytellers." He was the greatest storyteller I have ever heard. I began writing this saga in my early teens and worked on and off for decades. Dad spared no punches in his review of my work and it only made me strive to produce a better product. A couple of years back my mother and biggest fan was lost to cancer. At our last meeting she made me swear to finally have my work published so that others could enjoy my stories. That promise has be fulfilled with the release of "Quest for the Red Sapphire" by Alpha Wolf Publishing.

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