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Exciting & Sad News

September 24, 2018

 

If you get my author newsletter, you may have read this already. I’ve re-posted most of it here:
 

A short story I wrote called "The Interview" has been accepted by Scout Media, an independent publisher, to be published in their next anthology called "A Flash of Words." It will be available in print and ebook form. This is very exciting as it will be my first published story other than my own self-published novel. Release date: To Be Announced (I would announce it if I knew what it was!)

I am hard at work on the sequel to my first novel. Title: The Topaz Operation: The Lights of Zoain Book Two. I'm aiming for an early 2019 release!

Sad update: My father-in-law, Kenneth Williams, passed away. And since his family live in Wilmington, NC, life for them has been quite the rollercoaster the past few weeks! Thankfully, everyone is safe (my wife's mother and adult siblings) and their homes were not damaged.

 

What you might not know about Ken is that he inspired a character attribute of one of the major characters in my first novel, The Chrysolite Mission. Ken was an avid hunter of shark teeth, going to the beach every day for years. In my book, the main wizard character, Qusam, is also a collector of shark teeth. This is the passage from Chapter 3 of the book:

The lamps' light, besides brightening the room, highlighted Qusam's collection of Gualnoth Seasharks' teeth displayed on the walls. He was most proud of the fossilized black specimens. Ryle had gone shark teeth hunting a few times with Qusam but never picked up the skill as well as his friend. Qusam said the best time to find them was right after the tide came in, washing up fresh artifacts.

Rest in peace, Ken! God bless you all.

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