Many aspiring authors begin by writing just one book, a story that starts and finishes in a single volume. Then there's me. I wanted to tell a larger story about a kingdom's rise to greatness. There are plenty of books about such places and heroes who are already skilled at swordplay, but I wanted to tell how they got to those heights. Thus, the Heir to the Crown series was born.
From the very beginning, the characters would grow and evolve. How did Anna become queen, and why does she rule the way she does? Why is Beverly so good with weapons, and how did Albreda become the most powerful mage in all the land?
I also saw the plotline developing over many books—fifteen, to be exact. The first saga, consisting of the first five books, tells how Anna became the Queen of Merceria. The second saga, books six to ten, reveal the consolidation of her power and the rise of Merceria and their allies as a powerful military force. The last saga, books eleven to fifteen, will expand their horizons, bringing them into contact with the kingdoms of the Continent.
All of this also ties in with my other series. The Frozen Flame deals with the eventual re-emergence of Therengia as a military power in Eiddenwerthe, while Power Ascending covers the rise of two of the most influential leaders in all the Petty Kingdoms: Charlaine deShandria, Temple Knight, and Ludwig Altenburg, eventual ruler of a military dynasty.
Not to be forgotten are the Chronicles of Cyric, about a Temple Knight of Saint Mathew who acts as an investigator for his order. Though his stories are, for the most part, smaller in scope, his influence is felt not only in The Frozen Flame but also in Power Ascending.
And all because I didn't want to write a stand-alone book!
Until next time,
Paul Bennett, Writer of Epic Fantasy Stories.