endings + beginnings

I’m not sure why I find the endings of stories so much more fascinating than the beginning.

It’s not the fact, or even the relief, of a story being complete. Not necessarily the satisfaction of tied-up subplots and well-rounded character arcs. Not the excitement of the climax (beginnings can be just as exciting).

But still, as I near the release of the final book of The Reinhold Chronicles, I find myself excited and a bit confused. I never anticipated how big these stories would grow when I first started forming them eight years ago (!). The Fiery Arrow was originally a standalone book. And although by the time I actually started writing it, I knew it would be the first of a trilogy, I had no clue what these adventures would really be like.

Now, looking back at it all, I’m slightly speechless. Continue reading “endings + beginnings”

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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