One Week To Launch!

In one week, the third book in The Redemption of Erâth series, Ancients & Death, will be released in full!* To celebrate, I’ll be hosting a week-long launch event here and on Facebook, complete with giveaways, guest authors, riddles, and more.

I really couldn’t be more excited. I started writing Ancients & Death nearly two years ago, and it’s finally done, trimmed, edited and (hopefully) ready for you all to read! It’s been over six years since I started the journey to Erâth, and there are a lot of adventures yet to come.

For now, to make it easier to dive into the world of Erâth, I’ve reduced the price of the first two novels, Consolation and Exile, to just $0.99. Additionally, you can actually get the first novel entirely free if you head over to voraciousreadersonly.com and sign up – it’ll be one of the suggested reads if you select Fantasy as a preferred genre.

So swing by Amazon or Apple Books and pick up a copy today – you never know if you might just find your new favorite epic fantasy story between the covers!

* Because of how Amazon deals with print copies, you can technically pick up a paperback copy already. If you’re interested … !

Mental Illness and Creativity

This is hardly a revelation, but many of the most creative minds the world has produced suffered from mental health issues to some degree or another. From Pablo Picasso to Charles Dickens, the struggle against the mind is intertwined with the creation of art.

That’s not really what I want to talk about.

What I want to talk about is why I’ve seemingly abandoned this blog, despite its one-time popularity and my commitment to writing. You see, from hundreds of posts in 2012 when I started to only 30 so far this year, my participation in this blog has dwindled, but it isn’t because I’ve been more depressed, or less committed to writing.

It’s because I’ve been medicated.

I suffer from bipolar disorder, which comes with periods of crushing depression, alternated with periods of (for me) hypomania – not quite the euphoric, top-of-the-world feeling of some sufferers, but rather a sense of needing to be prolific, to be productive, to get things done.

Back in 2012, when I first started blogging (also, as it happens, when I started work on The Redemption of Erâth), I was completely unmedicated. And looking back, I think I was going through a long, drawn-out manic phase. I would blog three to four times a week, write for hours a day, and wrote a complete first draft in three months (by contrast, the most recent book in the series, Ancients & Death, took over a year to write).

This period of productivity came with its downsides, too; I became distant from my family, using my writing as an excuse to ignore them and sit in my office for hours, sometimes days, at a time. That wasn’t fair to them. I focused so heavily on my writing that all else – my life, my job – became secondary.

But then something happened. Around 2013 or 2014 (I can’t remember exactly), I went to my doctor and asked for help. I couldn’t handle the depression and the mania anymore. And since then, on and off, I’ve been on a variety of medications, some of which are helpful and others that I had to leave well alone. And one of the things that this medication has done is keep me on a flat, level plane.

That’s okay – it’s what they’re supposed to do. But it has hindered my creativity … to an extent. Whilst I’m not usually cripplingly depressed, nor do I have any real manic phases, which leads to the problem: sometimes I just don’t do anything.

I want to blog regularly. I want to pick back up on my Thought of the Week posts, and others. But the motivation is hard to come by. It isn’t depression – it’s just a lack of desire.

In the meantime, I have done work; I wrote and released my young adult book 22 Scars, and I’ve been working hard at editing and finalizing Ancients & Death. And now, it’s ready for release.

With the book writing a little more out of the way (I’ll probably pick up on the sequel to Ancients & Death sometime in the new year), maybe I can focus back on blogging a bit more. I’d certainly like to revitalize this page. And who knows? Maybe I’ll make some new friends again!


The Redemption of Erâth: Ancients & Death (Vol. III) is available for pre-order, and will be released on Sunday, November 4th.

Release Date for Ancients & Death: November 4, 2018

Hello, fellow readers, writers and fantasy lovers!

I have big news: the third installment in the Redemption of Erâth series, entitled Ancients & Death, has a relase date! In fact, it’s available for pre-order on both Amazon Kindle and Apple Books, and will be available in print on release day.

And when is release day? Well, it’s already in the title of this post, but in case you missed it:

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Starting Sunday morning, I’ll be hosting a week-long launch party over on my Facebook page; you can sign up and find out more by visiting!

I’ll be sure to keep updates coming here as well, but I’m looking forward to having fun and discussing my newest release!

Let me know your thoughts and questions below!