When I was about seven or eight years old, I had a dream so vivid it felt like I was really there. I was in a stone chamber with archways and columns separating it into halves. It was empty except for this huge wooden table and torches for light. I paced beneath one archway, back and forth between one side and the other and while I did this, I chanted something to myself (this is how I learn and memorize things in real life, too). On the next pass, though, I closed my eyes and as I was turning around, I opened them just a little to see where I was going. Good thing, too, because the open archway I was heading toward was suddenly solid stone.
I pretty much forgot about this dream, but it would come back to me years later, still as vivid as the night I first dreamed it. This time I decided to write it down and it turned into something much larger than I ever could have anticipated. Four years after I finished it, having grown a lot as a writer, I went back to this story and realized I still loved it dearly. Despite some minor rough spots and plot difficulties, I wasn’t willing to let it gather dust anymore. This was one dream which begged to be told and shared and so I began the process of bringing it back to life.
It is my great pleasure and privilege to announce that I will soon share with you a story very close to my heart:
The kingdom of Wilderheim stands bastion between the world of humans and the realm of gods. It is ruled as much by people as it is by creatures Other and as such, it must always have a wizard at the right hand of its king. Nico has seen three generations of rulers sit the throne; he knows he will not see the fourth. Desperate to find a worthy apprentice, when Nia appears like a godsend in his path he wastes no time taking her under his wing as his last sworn duty to the young king Saeran.
But Nia and Saeran have many trials ahead of them. With destinies converging toward an inevitable battle for power, countless lives hang in the balance, including theirs. As love brings them together, so strife tears them apart and as the balance between justice and magic shifts, the royal wizard and her king get caught in a maelstrom of colliding forces. Nothing is ever as it seems with a trickster hiding in the shadows. When the gods begin to play, mortals tremble…
Coming Early Spring 2013 (if all goes according to plan…)