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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New Cover Art

Reptilian Encounter

Ta Dah! The next book in The Lost Elf series is called: Reptilian Encounter. Here is the cover art for book 2. I’m happy to share with you all what the cover will look like. Now I just have to publish the actual book! If you have been  following my little announcements on my “Latest Book News” widget at the top of the site, you know that I am in the editing process. I have another draft to go through, at least. I’m planning on an April release, probably towards the end of the month. Watch for it!

The Lost Elf: Awakening Book Trailer

 

I wanted to find a unique way to advertise my book. I’ve noticed other authors have book trailers to show off their work and I thought it was a great idea. When I starting brainstorming about what to do, my first thought was to just make a short video of the book. I’d show off the cover and talk briefly about the story. I may still do that. However, when I looked on iPad I remembered that I have the iMovie app. There was an option to make a movie trailer and I looked at the various themes I could use.

Thus, The Lost Elf: Awakening book trailer was born! Now, I realize the video is a bit silly, but I felt it was a fun way to introduce the book. The series isn’t a comedy, but there will be light moments. I always like to add a little humor in my stories. I’m hoping people don’t get the wrong impression about Awakening. There’s a lot of action going on and the story is fairly serious, but I wanted to get your attention with this video. Hopefully I have done that.