5 Ways to have a Writing Life Balance

Is there such a thing as writing life balance when you already have a full time job? No. The writing life takes up a lot of time, specially when you are an indie/ self-publishing author. You are your own publisher, you create and execute your own marketing plan. You are also your own publicist, designer [...]

In the Presence of the King: Unused Story Lines

Possible Spoilers Ahead Not too many scenes were cut from the manuscript. Only one scene wasn't used. That scene was Asaph heading toward the west for his mission and being stopped in a very small village that needed help. The scene shows how much hope Royal Carriers give people and shows another side of what [...]

In the Presence of the King Highlight: Naming

Naming is a huge thing when writing fantasy. The Lord of the Rings set the bar high when J.R.R Tolkien created full languages (written and spoken) for his universe. I just didn't have the knowledge to do that adequately. So for the names I did something else, and I would say this applies to about [...]

In the Presence of the King: The Golden King

Potential spoilers ahead if you haven't read 'In the Presence of the King' The Golden King is the main character while being a background character. He is the book, he is the story, while not being in the book that much. And that type of character is hard to write because you have to write [...]

‘In the Presence of the King’: Why there is No Series Title

‘In the Presence of the King’: Why there is No Series Title

The full title of my book is In the Presence of the King. There is no series title, there is no subtitle. It is only that title. I've gotten many questions about if there will be a sequel to the book. And the most truthful answer is: maybe? The book easily stands on its own. [...]

The Book that Inspired In the Presence of the King

The Book that Inspired In the Presence of the King

It has been a long time since I've read A Tale of Three King's by Gene Edwards. I haven't read it since all those years ago, even during or after writing In the Presence of the King to return to a sense of why it inspired me. But my book was initially thought of after [...]

The Final Excerpt for In the Presence of the King

The Final Excerpt for In the Presence of the King

Excerpt comes from chapter four: Summoned To read the entire first chapter click here. When Asaph arrived, he was astonished to see three large, muscular horses tied up outside the hut’s door, all three so pitch-black they would have blended into the night if not for the light of the torches outside the hut. He [...]

New Excerpt for In the Presence of the King

New Excerpt for In the Presence of the King

From chapter two, titled: Thieves To read the entire first chapter click here. Running. Why am I always running? Asaph asked himself, as he was, at that moment, running through another small village in the Golden Kingdom. Running closely behind were his two best friends, Cal-Lin and Li-Gémìng. When the three of them were together, they [...]

Who should create the soundtrack to In the Presence of the King?

Who should create the soundtrack to In the Presence of the King?

So if there was a soundtrack that would be made for In the Presence of the King, who would make it? A few ground rules. It can't be John Williams. Yes, he is amazing, he is the best movie composer of all time. So using John would be a cheat. Also, Howard Shore is off [...]

Soon…

Soon…

There are 46 days until the release of 'In the Presence of the King'. 46 DAYS!! That is a month and two weeks. It sounds like a lot of time, but it really isn't. In a lot of ways this year as flown by with everything that has been going on. It feels like on [...]