Today marks the release of my first novel, Angel’s Truth. The novel’s the first volume in the Angelwar trilogy, a Fantasy adventure set on an imagined world in a medieval-type era that I wrote over three years. The subsequent volumes, Angel’s Deceit and Angel’s Knight, will be released over the next two months. They complete a wider story arc begun in the first book, but Angel’s Truth is also a self-contained story that can be read on its own.
As I write this, the book’s appeared on Amazon UK, and should shortly go live on Amazon.com as the USA passes midnight and begins the 26th August. It has been a long time coming: I’ve been writing for 11 years now. It began as a bit of a fun – a hobby – and I wrote several novels over the first five or six years. I fell in love with writing during this time, and slowly got better with each successive book despite never really learning how to write a novel. Eventually, I wrote the novel preceding Angel’s Truth and I showed it to a couple of people. The feedback was positive, and I decided that maybe I ought to learn about the craft of writing a novel. At this point I’d avoided writing books because I loved the freedom of just writing and didn’t want to lose the joy of writing by learning all the nuts and bolts – what if it became too formulaic? What if it stopped being enjoyable? Writing was fun, but also a creative outlet that I needed.
It was, perhaps, a gamble but I took the plunge (best described in a short but dull video montage showing me huddled over a series of books) and began to learn: I read some of the popular books on writing (I already had Steven King’s On Writing but that was it), did some research into techniques here and there, and later (after completing the first drafts of the trilogy) joined a writing community. The result of all of this was the first draft of Angel’s Truth, and now – several years later – I’m proud to say that it’s now available in ebook (and shortly paperback) via Amazon.
For a series of articles on my journey from draft to publication, check out Project Insanity.