This week marks the four-year anniversary of publishing my first book, Servant of the Crown. Back then, I wrote part-time while still working as an IT instructor. It wasn’t my first stab at writing, for I’d been trying to finish a novel for years, but I always ended up losing my way in terms of plot. Servant of the Crown was a big turning point for me because I actually developed an outline first.
Using this as a roadmap, I was able to finish the tale, though I didn’t publish it immediately, moving on, instead, to Sword of the Crown. It wasn’t until I’d completed book two that I went back and made some changes to my original story.
The most significant development, however, was my wife, Carol, agreeing to join me as editor & marketer. Together, we were successful enough that two and a half years after releasing Servant, I quit my job and became a full-time author.
Now, here I sit, four years later with twenty-plus books to my name, and I’m having the time of my life!
I finished Temple Captain last week, and it got me thinking. Cyric’s origin story introduced the character of Captain Giselle. Giselle, in turn, became a mentor to Sister Charlaine, thus setting off a chain of events in Temple Knight.
In addition, Giselle’s actions in that same origin story come back into focus in Temple Captain. Not only that, but A Midwinter Murder, another Cyric story, introduced yet another character who plays a prominent role in Temple Captain!
It seems the Temple Knight of Saint Mathew has more influence on the world of Eiddenwerthe than I had thought.
I can hardly wait to see what else he’s been up to.
Paul Bennett, Writer of Epic Fantasy Stories.