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First of all, a thank-you

In a few short days, it will be exactly three months since I published my first book, and I thought it was high time that I put something out there to thank all those who have bought it and taken the time to read it – so thank-you, you guys are incredible.

Hopefully this will be the start of a regular blog – my intention is to post updates on how work on the next book is progressing, thoughts on writing and anything else that occurs to me that might be of interest. And, really, it came about because of my wife.

It was when my first Amazon review came in – a positive one, five-stars. It’s hard to describe the sense of elation you get when you finally put out something that has taken two years of your life to put together, and then not only are people buying it and reading it… they like it! For somebody who writes for a living (although I don’t live off books – not yet! – during the day I can usually be found tapping at a keyboard to put words onto a screen in return for money and/or food) I’m not sure there’s a feeling quite like it.

Showing the review to my wife, I told her I was going to reply to it. “Do NOT reply to that review,” I was commanded. “It never looks good”, she added, showing me a few examples of authors who’d done just that. “Even if it’s to say thanks?” I asked, timorously. “If you do that then I will be forced to kill you,” she didn’t actually say, but nevertheless in tone made it clear that would be my fate if I persisted.

So, there you have it, a blog started instead so that I can express my gratitude to all those that bought Dawn of the Dreamsmith.

It’s been going pretty well. It would be wrong to say that it’s exceeded my expectations because, truthfully, I didn’t have any expectations. This is entirely new territory. This is my first time and, thankfully, on the whole you have been gentle with me.

I had hopes, of course, but sadly as yet I am not living in a diamond encrusted cloud-castle being waited upon by mystical rainbow-unicorns on the back of my very first book.

But hopefully that will come. I have a ton of ideas for other books swimming around in my brain, percolating, some fantasy, others not. Some set in the same world Cole, Raven and of course Grume inhabit, but others not. If you liked my first book, then I hope you’ll check out the ones that follow.

Eventually, that diamond cloud-castle will be mine. But in the meantime I have every intention of enjoying the journey.

AR