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Someone asked me on Goodreads earlier how I got into writing, and I figured I’d copy and paste my answer over here in case anyone was interested.

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When I was in elementary school, I read the Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I also played a bunch of Dungeons and Dragons. Those inspired me to write my own little stories when I was a child.

I also got started on my earliest attempts at game development in elementary school (through a program called Unlimited Adventures, based on SSI’s Gold Box D&D games).

By middle school, I was running D&D campaigns, and eventually playing in live-action role-playing games.

In college, I responded to an open call for submissions by White Wolf. I submitted a couple monster ideas which made it into one of the Scarred Lands RPG books. That helped me make a connection with White Wolf. After that, I ended up writing for their World of Warcraft tabletop RPG line.

From there, it was a jump over to working directly for Blizzard. While I wasn’t in the writing department, I let them know that I’d done some writing for the setting before, and Micky Neilson tapped me to do a few writing jobs here and there. Micky was a huge inspiration and a great mentor.

I eventually decided I wanted to write full-time, so I left Blizzard and wrote a couple books. I submitted these books to agents and accrued *hundreds* of rejections.

I went back to working in the gaming industry, having failed to publish anything. But I kept writing.

I worked at a couple more companies after that. While I was at Obsidian, I finally decided I was done trying to go through the traditional agent and publisher route. I self-published Forging Divinity, and it was a great success (by first time self-published novel standards). It wasn’t enough to make a living on, though, so I kept working in gaming.

Sufficiently Advanced Magic is my third published novel – but it’s the eighth book I’ve written. It took me eight books to get to the point where I’m finally writing full-time. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s ultimately been very rewarding.

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Just a mini-update.

The sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic is now up to 115,000 words. My current target for finishing it is about 165,000 words (roughly the same length as Stealing Sorcery, and a good bit shorter than Sufficiently Advanced Magic).

No guarantees it’ll actually end up at that length – there’s still a lot of room for variation depending on how the “endgame” portion of the story goes. I’m just ramping up to that, and I’m excited about it.

I think the story is shaping up pretty well so far. There’s a lot more of a focus on character interaction than in the previous book, which I think some readers will enjoy more than others.

Hey all!

In case you haven’t picked it up already, Sufficiently Advanced Magic is a Kindle Daily Deal. That means it’s on sale for 99 cents on the US Kindle store.

You can find it here!

Hey everyone,

Last week, I received the final version of the map of Kaldwyn, the continent where Sufficiently Advanced Magic takes place.

I’m planning to include this map in either a revised version of Sufficiently Advanced Magic, the sequel, or both – I’m not sure just yet. But in the meantime, you can take a look right here!

kaldwyn final sma

The map was drawn by Karl Vesterberg from traditionalmaps.com, and I was very pleased with the results.

If you want to see it in a larger size, click on this link.

Hello everyone,

Just a quick status update for those of you who aren’t on my mailing list yet.

I’m about 35% of the way into the sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic (roughly 70,000 words). It slowed down a little bit because I decided to cut out a portion of content that I felt was too early in the story, which also required spending some time making adjustments to other parts of the book to keep it consistent. I may end up re-inserting some or all of that cut content later, but I’m not sure.

I’m also about 20,000 words into Defying Destiny, the third book in the War of Broken Mirrors.

Finally, I’ve been dabbling with some other side stories as the mood strikes me, such as a spin-off for Keras and a few ideas for more traditional “LitRPG” style stories. I’m not sure if these other stories will end up going all the way to publication or not – time will tell.

I’m still targeting early 2018 for the sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic. Defying Destiny will most likely end up coming after that at this rate, given how much I’ve switched my focus. I still intend to continue working on Defying Destiny gradually, however, so hopefully it will be quick to finish after the next sequel.

After that, it’s going to be a bit trickier – there are parts in the third Arcane Ascension book that were going to be tied into the fourth (and most likely final) War of Broken Mirrors book, so I might end up doing two War of Broken Mirrors books back-to-back. It’s still too soon to say for certain.

Hello everyone!

I’m proud to announce that Sufficiently Advanced Magic is finally available in audio format, narrated by the amazing Nick Podehl.

For those of you who are interested in status updates, here’s some new information!

  • The sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic is about 25% written, at about 50,000 words so far. That’s close to half the length of Forging Divinity, so it’s going to be another big one.
  • The third book of the War of Broken Mirrors series is also in progress, at about 15,000 words. This has been a tougher story for me to write, but I’m making gradual progress.
  • I also have some side projects in progress, such as a more “trapped in a MMORPG’ style novel and a Sufficiently Advanced Magic prequel from Keras Selyrian’s perspective.

I’ll be updating my mailing list shortly with some preview content, so if you’re on the mailing list, stay tuned!

Hey all,
 
If you haven’t picked up Sufficiently Advanced Magic yet, the Kindle edition is on sale for 99 cents in the US kindle store.
 

Hey all,

Some quick updates about book status.

Defying Destiny has been going slower than planned for a number of reasons. Some of them have been general practical things, like moving to a new apartment and my video card dying.

The main one is really that I’m getting a lot more interest and encouragement to write the sequel for Sufficiently Advanced Magic, and that book is also fresher in my mind.

Going forward, I’m going to be splitting my time between writing both books. This will definitely delay Defying Destiny further, but I’ve found that I get a higher amount of total writing done each day this way, since I can switch between books when I’m in the right mood to work on one or the other.

I’m still hoping to get Defying Destiny out this year if possible, but I may actually get the sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic done first. Not sure yet.

 

Aside from that, I’d like to give a quick book recommendation: Valley of Embers by Steven Kelliher.

Valley of Embers (The Landkist Saga Book 1) by [Kelliher, Steven]

It’s another anime-inspired fantasy novel, and it’s currently *free* on Amazon. Stylistically, I’d compare it to something along the lines of Avatar: The Last Airbender crossed with the corrupted animals from Princess Mononoke.

You can find it here, and if you’ve already read it, the sequel is currently on sale for 99 cents.

I suspect most of you have already checked out Sufficiently Advanced Magic, but if you haven’t, you can pick up a free preview over on InstaFreebie here.

Hey all!

At long last, I’ve created a mailing list. People have been asking about this for ages, and I wish I’d made one sooner, but I’m glad to finally have one to work with.

If you’re interested in getting direct e-mail updates about the status of my books, as well as some unique snippets of lore, short stories, and whatever else I’m feeling like throwing in there, you can sign up for my mailing list here.