I have to admit a sense of pride in myself. Not for publishing my book and taking the second big step towards achieving my childhood dream (the first being dedicating myself to starting and finishing the book), but for not once ever giving up on it. I've had a few knocks along the way - the worst being the rejections from literary agents following my very first writing submission, my work before The Archguardians of Laceria - but I never stopped trying. In fact it didn't even occur to me, not even as a stray, momentary thought. So it's nice to know that the dream I had when I was 12 has never once wavered. I may have some regrets in life, but giving up on my dream will never be one of them. Even if I never get where I truly want to with my writing, I've got something out there now, and that gives my heart a most wonderful ease. If anything were to happen to me now, I have managed to put something out there, and if it doesn't, I'll be able to put something else out there. Something better.
Anyway, today I am the Fantasy Writer of the Day on the fantasy subreddit page, and I'm taking all kinds of questions. It's a great opportunity to ask me anything you've had on your mind, be it about me, my writing, a plea for advice, or something completely unrelated such as my favourite TV show or what I would name a ferret.
So, if there's anything tugging at your strings of curiosity, head over to the official Fantasy Writer of the Day thread and tap it away into the 'comment' box. I'll be responding throughout the day - and if you miss the opportunity, feel free to add your questions to this blog post, or email me directly, and I'll reply to them just as quickly.
Unfortunately, I do have some bad news. Due to a few complications, the free book promotion for complete edition of The Archguardians of Laceria has been postponed until the 4th and will run until the 8th. I'm quite disappointed because I really wanted it to coincide with the forum event, but at least it's not too far off.
It's only available on the Kindle for the moment, but it will be available on other platforms, including Nook, Kobo and the iBookstore next month. In the mean time, however, you can read a hefty sample for free right here, so you can get a headstart right now.