My theme for A to Z this year is a wildly different, but very exciting, HERE'S TO YOU all month long. 26 posts to be precise. The most difficult part was narrowing down the 26. All of you deserve your own post. What you will find here is a post by the featured blogger, with traveling music chosen by me that complements said post, and two links. One will link back to the original post and the other to the main page. This year's A to Z is all about making new friends!
The post was actually titled To The Victor Goes The... and it was written by Susan Gourley/Kelley over at Susan Says. Not that you asked, but I had Susan written down in three, maybe four, different letters of this Alphabet Challenge. I kept moving her around in an effort to fit "everyone" in. Turns out with 26 letters there is no fitting "everyone" in.
Susan says this about herself in the ME section of her blog: "I write fantasy using my real name, Susan Gourley and romance under the
pen name, Susan Kelley. I've been writing for nearly ten years and have
three romance series and so far two fantasy series published or being
published. I read as much as I can across many genres including YA,
suspense, thrillers and of course fantasy and romance." I will add that she is a retired teacher, posts on a variety of topics that are frequently writing related (though not always), active commenter, and loyal supporter. I consider myself lucky to have found her blog and I hope you feel the same.
Cue the traveling music:
To The Victor Goes The... by Susan Gourley/Kelley
I remember a line in the movie, The Dark Knight, where Batman says you
either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain. Or
something like that. I've always loved that idea for a novel plot.
In my upcoming release, First Dragon,
war is spreading across the land of Morbunda. Long ago in the history
of Morbunda, a war was fought that resulted in great loss of human life
and the apparent annihilation of all dragons. It took generations for
civilization to recover. Now war is coming to Morbunda again, and this
time the aggressors are the former heroes of the first war. Just like
Batman said would happen!
In most fantasy novels, war is part of the plot line. In the best
novels, each side in the war believes they are fighting for what is
right and best unless they're purely evil. I hope the readers of First
Dragon see the issues driving both sides of the new war. And I hope
lots of people read First Dragon when it's released this Friday from Crescent Moon Press.
Do you agree with Batman? Do you think wars happen in cycles? Have you
read any good fantasy novels where you couldn't really tell who the good
guys are and who the bad guys are?
Susan consistently asks the thought-provoking questions. She makes me think about my characters in my writing and my life. Thank you Susan!