I have been writing sci-fi adventure stories for 20 years. A few years ago, I had the idea for my debut series Forgotten Princess. At that time, I had thought it would be fun to retell a classic fairy tale as an intergalactic adventure. It had started out as a concept for a tabletop game that never really came to fruition. As I contacted a series of really talented artists to request artwork as inspiration, I was amazed by the variety of artwork I received. These pieces helped me to shape, not only the characters, but also the worlds about which I began to write. And though what emerged was still loosely based on a fairy tale, it took on a life of its own.
As a kid, I was struck with the loss of someone very dear to me. And I channeled the energy of that sadness into my writing. It felt comforting, for a little while, to disappear into my own little world.
Now that I have begun to publish this series, I wanted to chronicle, not just an imaginary world, but the loss so many young ones must learn to cope with. I want to reach young ones who have experienced loss, to let them know they are not alone, and we can overcome loss. We can find a way to become better people, not because of the loss, but because we wish to honor those we hold dear. We wish to be the sort of people they would be proud of.
I hope that as this series unfolds, that idea is brought to the forefront.
In addition, I wanted to approach this series with a sense of adventure and a sense of humor. I admire young ones because they manage to hold onto both of these things that seem to dissipate as we grow older. And if, perchance, you are looking to rekindle that youthful sense of adventure, imagination, and humor, you might enjoy this series at any age. I know that, to date, many of my readers are well into adulthood. To these ones, I wish to say thank you for sharing a dream with me. Your support is deeply valued.
As a child I traveled to many places across the US. As an adult, I have spent some time in Honduras and more recently South Carolina. I recently began to settle in Ely, Minnesota, where if all goes well, I hope to complete the core works of this series. As I have traveled, I have experienced many of the adventures that inspired the series. So it might be said, Forgotten Princess is as much a strange autobiography as it is a journey into my imagination. I hate to journey alone, so I hope you will join me.