Meet Kenton and Elowyn

If you’ve been around this blog for the past month, you’ll know I’ve been introducing everyone to the main characters from my next book, The Fiery ArrowThis book is the first of a trilogy of medieval adventure novels.

And in case you haven’t been around this blog for the past month *gasp*, here’s the story synopsis.

A newborn medieval country. 

A bow-shooting princess with a prophesied destiny. 

A sword-wielding carpenter’s apprentice. 

Arliss, the sixteen-year-old princess of Reinhold, despises the class boundaries which plague her city on a hill. When her father the king forbids her friendship with the young peasant swordsman Philip, Arliss sets off on a quest to the heart of the land of Reinhold. Little does she know that she will discover an evil more threatening and ancient than she could imagine—and a prophecy that speaks of a fiery arrow.

So far, we’ve met:

  • Arliss, the adventurous archeress princess protagonist
  • Philip, the peasant swordsman carpenter’s apprentice
  • Ilayda, the impetuous semi-royal sidekick

This week, I’d like to introduce you to Arliss’s parents, the king and queen of Reinhold. King Kenton and Queen Elowyn.

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Meet Philip

With the first book in my trilogy The Reinhold Chronicles approaching in just a few months, I’m getting more and more excited to share it with you all. The Fiery Arrow is an exciting adventure story with characters who have been a blast to write. And as you know if you saw last week’s post, I’m starting to introduce those characters to you.

Last week, we met Arliss, the adventurous princess protagonist.

This week, I’m introducing my male lead, who is quite a contrast to Arliss.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Philip.

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I’m finished! Now, back to the beginning…

Two down, one to go. Well, sort of.

A few moments before writing this post, I typed out the final scene of the second book in The Reinhold Chronicles trilogy. This book has been a crazy-incredible experience in so many ways, not least of all in the fact that it took me only three months to get this first draft on paper (err…laptop)! It’s also the most ambitious story I’ve written, boasting the largest cast of characters and the longest word count of any of my works thus far. (The final count is around 94,000 words.)

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On writing middles

Middles are indubitably the most tricky and treacherous parts of a novel to write. Your middle is your centerpiece, your turning point, and your biggest milestone. If your readers have journeyed with you thus far, odds are they’ll want to finish the race.

In some ways, middles are fun to write: they offer tremendous freedom compared to the strict first and third acts in which we must accomplish so much in so little time. By comparison, the second act is a yawning gulf that entices the writer’s imagination to run wild. Of course, the flipside of this is actually quite scary: the list of things we must accomplish in the middle of our stories is comparatively short, but we can’t assume this makes accomplishing them any easier.

Just a little clarification is probably due, since I’ve noticed some people giving me confused looks at my response to the question, “How is your book coming?” My answer has lately been something like, “Which book?” To which they respond, “Um…the one you’re writing?” So just to set things straight: I’m currently working on a trilogy of books collectively titled The Reinhold Chronicles, to be released in 2016, 2017, and 2018 (God willing). I’ve finished the first draft and round of editing for first book—The Fiery Arrow—which is planned for release next year. Thus, the book I’m in the center of right now is actually the second book.


With that out of the way…I am having a blast writing the centerpiece of book #2. There are a lot of moving parts and quite a few new characters entering the stage, but the juggling act is always as satisfying as it is terrifying.

And it truly is terrifying.


(A few P.S.s: my short story “Finding Viola” is currently free on Kindle,  the 2nd edition of The Lighthouse Thief is on its way, and I have a new sidebar widget on this site that tells my current writing process.)