T.B. Schmid lives in upstate New York with his wife, two children, and two Norwegian Elk Hounds. He and author R.Wade Hodges formed Lions of the Empire in 2014 to promote their collaborative "Fate's Crucible" series. Book One, entitled "Beyond the Burning Sea" was released on 9/20/16, and there are at least two additional books in production. "Feral" was his first published work.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing in elementary school; probably 5th or 6th grade. I was more of an illustrator at the time (ok, a young kid who loved to draw and wasn't too awfully bad at it), and had received a beautiful book called "Gnomes", written by Will Huygen & Illustrated by Rien Poortvliet. A good friend and I were inspired to create our own diminutive, super-secret, magical race, from which flowed many short stories and many more illustrations as we worked to create their world. It was also at about that time when I first picked up Tolkien and set my feet upon Bilbo's Road.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not clearly, no. I have a lot of vague snippets of memories of short stories - more like brief scenes, really. But I do remember the first story I wrote where I actually thought of myself as a "writer", where the dream of becoming a published one first took hold. It was inspired by Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur", specifically the inscription Malory claims was written on Arthur's tomb: "Here lies Arthur, king once, and king to be". It is still rattling around in the back of my head, and will hopefully one day see the light of day.
Published: March 1, 2018.
Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
An untested young captain carries a book of dark secrets from a forgotten land across an unforgiving sea. A freshly commissioned Templar bears the weight of both duty and destiny as she stands against an unrelenting foe. Though an ocean separates them, the choices they make will decide the fate of a world.
“Beyond the Burning Sea” is the first book in the epic fantasy series, “Fate’s Crucible”. Almost three hundred years after a devastating war that wiped out the gods, Ruine’s surviving mortals struggle to persevere and stand on their own. In their efforts to rebuild, a terrifying secret is discovered, while an old menace rises in the frontier lands…
Sometimes tales flow down from the mountain peaks like the snow-fed streams that bleed down their boney flanks. Strange beasts. Stranger men. Stories spun in the glow of highlander watch fires to pass the time swell and strengthen - every retelling a new tributary – until the tale becomes a legend.
But sometimes, the legends are real...