Writing About An Elf

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Let me get this sales pitch out of the way. The Lost Elf: Reptilian Encounter is the second book in my short story series and it has just gone live on Amazon.com. Click here to buy it now. In case you have been waiting to read it, ever since book 1 Awakening, now you finally have the chance to get your copy for 99 cents in the kindle format. Also, for those of you who may have purchased the paperback version of Awakening, you will now be able to download the kindle book for free. That is a new feature that Amazon had offered to authors and I think it’s a great idea. Basically, you can decide how much of a discount you can give customers who purchase the paperback version. I plan to use that feature for future books that I publish through createspace.com.

Now let me talk a little bit about the experience of writing this series so far. It really started with an idea about separating a full length novel into “episodes” similar to a television show. Part of the idea was to allow me to publish stories faster. I also thought that I could do a better job editing the stories and produce a better product. The original idea was to publish one story every two months or so, but that plan fell through. You can blame my laziness, but I also have been quite busy. A few of my classes were quite challenging and I was struggling to edit Reptilian Encounter. I am finding that I get tired of reading my words on the page over and over again. I think I did about 5 drafts of book 2 and this time I had some help from Steve Barnes, the actor who I’ve hired to produce the audio-book version of The Lost Elf. You can check it out at: The Lost Elf: Awakening. My personal favorite thing about the audio-book is the theme song Steve wrote for it!

I feel more relaxed now and I think the series is improving. Book 2 was very fun to write and is quite different from the harsh desert that the elf wakes up to. The grassland is certainly a cooler climate and the elf gets to relax a little bit. I also made it a light-heated tale. The story has humor and doesn’t feel so rushed. There isn’t the time sensitivity that book 1 had. One of the main themes of the story deals with racism and prejudice. That wasn’t something that I was intending to do, but it came about naturally as the story progresses. The topic of racism is not the main theme of Reptilian Encounter, but I really think it adds a certain depth. It’s included in a teachable moment in the story.

Another addition to this story is the increase in characters that the elf encounters. Of course, there’s Benjamin, the quite little desert fox. There are plenty of human characters and we learn more about the relationship between the human and elf races. The lizardmen is my first non-human like race in the series and I’m very happy with how they turned out. I’m planning to add more interesting races within the world of The Lost Elf. The challenge right now is to add humanoids races that are not common in sci-fi. Elves, gnomes, humans, and dwarfs are common in this genre. I want The Lost Elf to stand out from other fantasy stories, but I also want to use some traditional elements too.

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