I’m 43 this year. (How time flies!) I’ve accumulated a number of gold stars in my personal Accomplishment Journal:
4 books and 5+ short stories published by Real Publishers; multiple paid editing jobs to my credit; a whole bunch of book reviews for Green Man Review/Sleeping Hedgehog; 10+ years of married life; 15+ years since my last cigarette.
(Coincidentally, just over 15 years ago I finished my graphic design degree. It’s paid off in labor savings… useless as main income, though.)
Fifteen years ago I had no idea any of this was ahead of me. I’m still astounded when I look at my brag shelf.
This is the achievement I’m most proud of at the moment: my first self-published book, Fallen City*. I always enjoy writing about Deiq. He’s such a delightfully awful character, as likely to do something horrible as to be a merciful savior. I never quite know which one is coming, myself, until it’s on the page….
Along the way, I’ve become a lot more comfortable with who I am: a loopy, goofy, unpredictable creative.
I write what I love, and then I put that love through the wringer to produce the best damn stories that I’m capable of crafting. I have no idea what sort of loop-de-loops the future may hold for me; all I know is that I’m going to treat life as the adventure it is, and stop taking myself so damn seriously.
* An extra bit of fun: For those of you geeky enough to follow the symbolism in the Children of the Desert series, take a good look at the cover…
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If you specifically want to know about The Children of the Desert series & associated works:
Servants of the Sands (book five, in progress)
NOTE: the Children of the Desert series is now housed with ReAnimus Press, rather than Mercury Retrograde Press. The ebooks and trade paperbacks are available through all the usual channels, and should be almost identical to the MRx versions. I do have lots of back stock from MRx, so please do consider heading over to The Scribbling Lion shop and buying a copy or ten… (I am also happy to donate copies to any library–just ask!)
(working title, novella in progress)
Kingdom of Salt
(1st book of sequel series, in progress)
What comes next? I’ll let you know as soon as I figure it out myself!