The Map of Xanador
(Secrets of the Elementals – Book One in The Xanador Saga)
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Here’s my biography (a short one).
Since I can remember, I’ve always loved to watch movies with great adventures and play games where one could “be part” of a story and dive into a new world. Fantasy movies like NeverEnding Story and Willow dazzled me as a youngster, and I could play hours and hours with games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect franchise, Red Dead Redemption, The Witcher, Fallout, and of course, my favorite game of all time; Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.
At fifteen, I saw the first Lord of the Rings movie and loved it. It was what sparked the urge to start writing. I progressed at an excruciatingly slow pace because I had school, sports, and social life. It went so far that I stopped writing, but the idea never lingered too far from my mind.
Fast-forward many years…. way, way too many years, to the year of the birth of my son. Until now, I had only written small pieces to my book, not elements that would be in the book in its entirety, but backstories and such to give more depth. Well, whom are we kidding? I have touched every part of writing a story, except the actual WRITING. Anyhow, after the birth of my son, I started writing again. You could say I got a newfound inner fire from becoming a father, or I was too tired to do anything else after the baby fell asleep. Still, regardless of the reason, I was writing, and not only that, I was writing with better progress than ever before. Maybe I had matured somewhat during all those years, but I doubt it.
I quickly finished the first draft of a part of my story. Well, at least from my perspective, I found it quick, considering I had a full-time job, played soccer, a dog, a baby, a girlfriend, family, friends, video games, movies, well, many things that cut away from my time to write. You may have noticed I said part of my story earlier, not “The Book”. It has a simple answer. Over the years, as I created countless backstories and such, I ended up with a lot more material and outlined several more books – a series. Suddenly “the Book” that I started with became Book Five. I gave the draft to some friends I knew who read fantasy novels.
I needed something to write while waiting for them to read the draft. It only took a few days until I knew that I wanted to create another series that my son could read as a youth since the first series is quite brutal (more in a genre like GRRM’s Game of Thrones). After hours of brainstorming over Skype with Andy and the following hours of writing until the late LATE part of the night, I had the outline of a new story. I finished the first draft of the first book in that story in under three months, which is like moving at lightning speed, in my opinion (lightning speed being Brandon Sanderson’s speed).
If I compare both stories, the second story was much more straightforward than the first’s complexity, and considering the first series’ content, it’s best suited for adults. In contrast, the second series aims at a younger audience.
…well, that’s a bit about me and my journey to this point.