A bout two years ago, I wrote a story called “Paladin.” Then I updated the book and changed the title again to “Crossblade.”
Initially, I wrote the book under a different name, one that I thought reflected the heart of the story. But something inside of me rang false. When I was done, I read through it, found it boring, and discarded it. I wrote the whole thing again from scratch. I found that afterward, it the characters felt more realistic, yet the story was upbeat and full of action.
My hope is that my readers will like it too. The end result was the new story, In Search of the Sword, which I’m hoping to break the mold of common fantasy.
I am very satisfied with the end result of ISOTS (for short) and like the way it turned out. I think honestly, my first version was an attempt to dazzle people with long passages of descriptive text. This version is the real story.
Over the last few months, I’ve realized that my goal is not to impress, but to entertain. And that’s what I aim to do. When I first started writing, I tried to impress people with my words. Now I’m more focused on the story.
I see that a lot more clearly now.
And even if my writing doesn’t reflect our time period, I’m comfortable and empowered by it. Letting go of words I don’t need is freeing.
And while some authors may love to describe everything little thing, it’s just not me. I respect every author’s technique, mine is just more succinct.
I truly admire and respect the forefathers of the fantasy genre. I’m also grateful for current popular writers such as George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss.
Who is this book for?
Well, to be honest, I hadn’t thought of that when I wrote it. Looking at it now, I would say the intended age range for this story is young adults. By that, I’d say anyone from teenage to about thirty, although the themes within may be valued by anyone. Really, I consider the book a fast paced, action packed fantasy novel if I were to call it anything. I believe that many of us are attention deficient these days, due to current media. While I’m not trying to exacerbate this problem, I can’t ignore it either. The idea is that maybe – just maybe – I can hook the current generation with a book that keeps the action level high.
I guess we’ll see.