The Story Behind “Goandria”

The magical, mystical, and strange has fascinated me as long as I can remember.  When I was a kid I became swept up into two stories, Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings.  Admittedly, I spent an embarrassing amount of time watching the SyFy channel (then spelled Sci-Fi).  It comes easy for me to get sucked into stories, but also to see what they could be.  Few tales utterly satisfy me, hence why I set out on my own quest to make a life of telling stories.

For me, Goandria is a culmination of all my failed attempts at fantasy.  It went through many different revisions, versions, and names.  It was once titled Golah. I know, awful right?  I liked the name gala and tried to add my own spin to it, haha.  Movies, television, nature, books all served as inspiration.  Everything was fair game.

Writing this series was the first outlet of my creative energy.  I love all the books I’ve written, but Goandria will always have a special place in my heart as the firstborn.  Goandria is also the story that revealed to me my love of writing, and that characters lead the author.

Writing the final version of Goandria a decade after its inception also opened the door to my first mistakes.  I over-promoted Goandria: The Schism on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.  Hint: no one likes it when you comment on a post just to share a link to your book.

Why did I write Goandria?  Because I feel it is a story worthy telling, no matter how many read it.  It is a fantasy series about hope, love, and redemption.   It was the story that introduced me to writing and means a great deal to me.  Goandria is a story that is familiar, yet wildly different.  None of the typical fantasy races are present, but fans of the genre will still be at home.

If you have questions I would love to answer them.  What is your first book? Does the first story you wrote have a special place in your soul too?

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