Roll up, roll up, for the Discover Fantasy Tour. Step right this way…
I’ve always loved the fantasy genre and I am delighted that it continues to prosper and find new fans every day. When I started writing in 1999 it was an easy decision for me to write fantasy and the likes of Tolkien and Goodkind were big inspirations. However, I wasn’t content in being a fantasy author writing a similar book to The Lord of the Rings. Those kinds of stories will always have a long shelf life but I do believe that fantasy can go much further. It needs to be for a bigger audience and to be taken more seriously by readers who may dismiss the genre.
The Discover Fantasy Tour is a celebration of doing something different with the fantasy genre. I am proud to be taking part in this event and I am joined by two of the best indie authors around, who are both doing their bit to make the fantasy genre more accessible to a wider range of readers. Jeremy Rodden, author of Toonopolis, and Jonathan Gould, author of Doodling and Magnus Opum, will be joining me throughout July to share our respective works, our thoughts about the fantasy genre and how we prefer to approach it.
While my novels set in the world of Elenchera are quite dark, Jeremy’s Toonopolis is humorous with a cartoon feel and is accessible to many readers, while Jonathan’s books are weird and wonderful compositions. I’ve read both authors’ work and admire them greatly.
We hope that readers, writers and bloggers will all take part in July. Book bloggers can sign up to the event and host any of the three authors or all of them together if they wish. Places are filling up fast though so don’t delay too long!
Over the month I hope that you will enjoy learning about our respective works and our love and views of fantasy. I can’t speak for myself, but I can assure you in Jonathan and Jeremy that you have two very talented and funny indie authors who I believe have great success ahead of them.