Happy April Fool’s Day

Happy April Fool’s Day

Dear Readers,

I’ve been asked to provide an update, if for no other reason than to let you know I’m still alive. I am. Yeay! I’m also still writing. Double yeay! (No, that’s not an April Fool’s prank.)

While I am now writing full-time, I am currently working on several projects, not just KDT. I know, I know. You’re all screaming, “Just give us the third book!” Here’s some of what’s happening.

A number of years ago, I started working on a Ph.D. in geosciences. I spent countless hours in coursework, research, and laboratories. Summer and winter breaks were not spent lounging on the beach or binge watching Game of Thrones (which I still haven’t had the chance to watch/read, so no spoilers!). No, I was in the field far, far away from civilization, almost completely cut off from society for weeks at a time. Yes, there are still places on this planet without internet or cell phone coverage!😲

I endured the physical and emotional rigors of traveling both domestically and internationally, not only to perform said research, but also to stand beside posters and at podiums presenting to rooms full of scientists with far more experience. These were exciting times but also stressful, and I had to swallow the pain of spending much of it away from my child. All of my degree requirements were completed except for the dissertation. Five years and a combined $100K in student debt later, I ran out of funding and was left without a job. Sorry, no Ph.D. for you!

Did I mention I’m a single parent? Financial woes. Two years worth of job searches yielded only a bit of part-time teaching at college. A masters degree in geosciences means little when the market is saturated with job seekers laid off by a struggling oil industry.

I could not sit idly, though. I began writing to fill the time and perhaps to escape for a while from my unproductive despair. I was nearly finished with the first installment of a story when someone started nagging me for attention. He was relentless. He was fantastic, brutal, brilliant, and utterly clueless. The others were silly and made me laugh. I had to write them down before they disappeared forever. Far from the path of my derailed dreams emerged King’s Dark Tidings.

While I am still working diligently on KDT, thanks to your support and appreciation of this series, I can afford to finish my doctoral program before time runs out and all my hard work (and money!) is wasted. Some of you may be frustrated that I cannot focus on KDT 100% of the time. You’ll have to trust me when I say it’s better this way. I am far more productive when I reach a balance between my analytical/logical mind and my creative one. I am capable of working on multiple projects at once.

I may be providing you with an entertaining story, but your readership is helping me to achieve my dreams.



  • Puri
    Posted at 21:45h, 20 April Reply

    Go for your phd. That’s great.
    Im just wondering why the date was December 2016 or shortly after and now there isn’t even an estimate… really bumped

  • David K
    Posted at 14:51h, 20 April Reply

    Hope your progressing with your studies and things are going well. Can’t wait for the next book, please keep us updated as often as you can, even if the book is a while from completion 🙂

  • Lonnie Combs
    Posted at 14:20h, 20 April Reply

    Get that Ph.D! My wife just earned hers and I’ve never seen her feel more accomplished and proud. I enjoyed the books and will be happy when the rest of the story comes out but for me it will feel better reading it knowing you’re following through with the Ph.D.

  • Vonne Barnett
    Posted at 01:42h, 19 April Reply

    Dawn of Wonder The Awakening by Jonathan Renshaw is another great fantasy read that could be added to your list. I am awaiting book 2 of that series as well. I would argue that you and Jonathan Renshaw are the evolving poetic fantasy writers of this time.

    • TheRaven
      Posted at 00:16h, 10 July Reply

      I read the book and while I was looking at similar books afterward I found this series! So I guess I owe it to the awakening.

  • Adarsh Bindiganavele Venkatesh
    Posted at 04:07h, 18 April Reply

    I wonder if we can get a cover reveal or something like that?

    BTW most of the books i like are written by people with science degrees who decided to write a book out of boredom or something, so theres no problem with being a writer and a scientist.

  • Kumar420
    Posted at 14:34h, 14 April Reply

    You should get a Patreon account I m sure a lot of people would contribute to just find out what your thinking, also checkout how Drew Hayes set up his website it’s one of the coolest setups i v seen.
    Love both books and can’t wait to see what’s next! Take as much time as you need to make it great ………ok maybe not to long 🙂

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