Well, tomorrow’s the day.
THE ARMORED SAINT will be in bookstores, putting the finishing note on a dream I conceived shortly after I went pro in 2012. It’s my first epic fantasy if you follow the publisher’s billing, and my first dark fantasy if you follow mine. It’s also my first direct to hardcover release, other than the special Science Fiction Book Club editions that were done of my earlier novels.
But it’s more than that for me. Shortly after CONTROL POINT published in 2012, I was praised for the military authenticity of my work. In interview after interview, I was asked about the influence of my military experience on my writing. In review after review, the authentic military tone was called out. Not surprisingly, I developed a bit a complex. Were people buying and enjoying my work because it was good or because it was “authentic?”
You folks know how obsessive thoughts go. Before long, I couldn’t shake the idea that what little success I enjoyed was a gimmick. Not earned. Not real. So, I set out to prove to myself that I had range. I wrote a book called The Fractured Girl, which was later rebranded into the book that releases tomorrow.
It was a rough road. My agent hated the book so much he refused to take it to market. I wound up working for two whole years with one of his junior agents trying to whip the book into a shape where the agency could feel comfortable taking it forward. After all that time, I was ready to trunk the book and admit to myself that I simply didn’t have what it takes to write outside the military sub genre.
It took Justin Landon, then an editor at Tor, and an early beta-reader of the book, to stiffen my spine and give me the creative coaching I needed to take it across the finish line.
And so, yeah. I can’t describe to you how affirming it is to finally hold the finished hardcover in my hand. This is the thing I’ve wanted so badly for so long – proof positive that I am a Writer with a capital W. That I have range, that I can do more than be authentic. That I can be good.
And that’s not all. In the fall, my first nonfiction book LEGION VERSUS PHALANX will be published, marking my foray into history. I’ve just signed a contract for a series in yet another genre that I hope to be able to announce soon.
So, yeah. I feel a little bit like Babe Ruth right now, pointing at the bleachers, and then hitting the ball so straight that it punches the target dead center. It’s sublime.
But here’s another thing: it would be worthless without someone to share it with. It wouldn’t mean a damn thing if you weren’t out there reading it. I am proving this to myself first and foremost, but I am also proving it to you.
So, thanks for being there to witness it. Thanks for being there for the six books that led up to this. Thanks for being there at all.
Being a writer has been my life’s dream since I was a kid, and it is coming true in ways I never could have hoped for, and I am so intensely grateful for the chance.
As you know, first week’s sales are critical to the success of a book in the eyes of the publisher. If you have even the tiniest desire to support my career, now’s the time to ante up and do it. Please pick up a copy of THE ARMORED SAINT at your local bookstore, or online. And if you have already ordered your copy, please leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N and any other venue that takes them. Blog about it, talk about it, be an ambassador for art you want to see succeed.
I’m thrilled to have been able to write for these past six years. And to show my thanks, I wrote you a book. It’s called THE ARMORED SAINT.
Hope you like it.