Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Locksmith's Apprentice

I’ve been writing fiction forever, mostly for my own amusement and never shared with anyone. About three years ago, I finally decided that I wanted to write a fun and quick novel to publish, just to prove to myself that I could. So I wrote a book I wanted to read, which is a frequent suggestion of successful writers. Apparently I wanted to read an adventure with a plucky thief as the hero, a stalwart heart in a magical and perilous fantasy realm. Titled The Locksmith’s Apprentice, it’s story in the pulpy fantasy tradition of Michael Shea's Nifft the Lean, Fritz Leiber's Nehwon books, and Michael Moorcock's epic fantasies. It’s chock full of manipulative sorcerers, assassins, priests, plots, and duels.

I had help along the way. My wife Elise has always been super supportive of my writing, particularly of “non-earning” stuff like fiction. My friend Drew read a chapter a week, sometimes more, and this really encouraged me to keep going. My mom Barbara read the first draft, as did Adam, Jude, Xander, Cam, and Ned. My mom and Ned also supplied really valuable proofing.

I want to especially thank Cam Treeby, who drew up some cool concept art for The Locksmith’s Apprentice before I had even finished three-quarters of the book. It was very inspiring to see characters who had scenes yet to be written. Cam is a paratrooper-turned-illustrator with a very deft pen and ink style. You can see his work all around the Hack Factory, where he is an active volunteer. I strongly urge you to hire Cam to do art for you!

After thinking about it and looking for an agent, I decided to self-publish the book on Amazon, mostly because I didn’t have any contacts in the fiction publishing world. All of my books were technical up to this point: robots, Legos, microcontrollers. I just wanted to get it out there and move on to the next project. If it doesn’t sell, so be it!

That said (ahem) I’d really love it if you would buy my book on Amazon. I don’t have it anywhere else right now, but if you can read a Kindle book, you can get The Locksmith’s Apprentice.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

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