October 22, 2013 · 8:00 am
On Friday, I embarked on what would become a nearly 20 hour trip from Ireland to the West Coast of the United States for my very first author event. Originally from Washington, I was very excited at the opportunity to hold my first event in what I consider to be my hometown, in spite of my constant change of address over the past few years.
The signing was held on Sunday. There was a decent turnout, and the number of cars in the parking lot as I drove up to the event instantly quelled my fears of arriving all the way from Dublin to an empty room. The signing itself was held at a local vineyard and those gathered were offered the opportunity to sample some local wines. A special thank you is due to Andee & Cheryl for helping to both advertise and organize the event.
For those who attended, specially designed postcards were handed out and many were signed upon request. The reading portion of the event lasted about 20 minutes. Three pieces were read: 1. the prologue of The Indoctrination; 2. a chapter from the middle of the same novel; 3. the first chapter of a novel titled Black Rose, a yet-to-be published fantasy.
Despite a bit of nerves, the reading went well and the event as a whole was excellent. I feel truly blessed to have had so many people come out for the event and that they permitted me take up a portion of their time to introduce them to the various worlds and characters that I have created over the years. I also received some great questions from the audience and would like to take this moment to say “thank you” to everyone who attended!
I am now looking forward with great enthusiasm to my second event, which will be held on Oct. 30th at another local WA vineyard. If you live in the area, please feel free to check out the details posted on my events page. Til then, I am off to a conference in New Orleans!
August 17, 2013 · 1:34 pm
I am excited to announce the release of my debut novel, The Indoctrination, which became available on Amazon this week! It is a science-fiction novel which follows the story of a self-proclaimed villain. The protagonist, Lady Dehartra-Kasar, is the Empress of a powerful, parasitic, and alien empire that has plagued countless planets, infesting various species which they come across. This is the story of the Empress’ rise to power from an innocent girl to one of the most feared creatures within the Setian Empire.
Abducted as a child by the Setain Empire and raised in their dark and sometimes terrifying ways to become a full-fledged member of their militaristic society. She will commit horrendous crimes, send thousands to their death, risk the lives of those she loves most; all in service to the Empire in which she has been raised.
Yet, even a villain can love, hurt, feel, and believe with all her soul that her actions are right. Within the Empire this young girl will gain a father, a friend, a lover, and a soul mate. It is within these relationships that lie the heart of this tale, enduring both triumph and tragedy, joy and sorrow, and a love most forbidden.
Growing up reading the works of authors such as Milton, Shakespeare, and Anne Rice, I have had a long love affair with the darker side of stories. This novel delves into a dark realm, exploring what defines both a hero & villain and how, at times, the line between them can be blurred. I am interested in exploring what, exactly, makes a hero a hero or a villain, a villain. This particular story began long ago as a short story. In that short-story, there appeared a villain, who quickly became more fascinating than the heroes who opposed them. It was with this interest in mind that I began to write this debut novel.
Here’s a link to the novel, now available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Indoctrination-ebook/dp/B00EK7J398/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376570231&sr=1-1