Vampires and Faeries and Mermaids, Oh My! Researching Politics to Write my Magical World.

Hi all. I’m the author that writes this blog. And the books you see on the main page. Actually I write¬† a lot of things to be honest.

But one thing that has made me waaay late on my deadline to finish writing PS The Dragon Fights, the second installment in the epic Shadeworld series, is that I challenged myself by writing something new I have little experience with. What does that mean?

Writing a Council Scene, or Why the Heck Did I Sign Myself Up For This Torture

Spoiler of First Book, also discussion of my next book (PS The Dragon Fights) ahead

If you’ve read PS The Dragon Bites (available on Amazon US here, or Amazon India or Amazon Australia or any other Amazon)¬† you’ll know that the wizards are leading the rebellion threatening to not only overthrow the Dragons that rule all of the Shadeworld, but to destroy their world itself.

In the next book the other leaders of the world come together to try to address this problem. It gets messy, of course, because even in a world full of magic politics is not going to be smooth sailing.

-End of Spoiler-

To write a battle council of magical creatures surprisingly involves some research into real world politics.


Researching Politics

I’ve never really been a politician and never even ran to be the president of fourth grade, let alone run for any office more serious than that, so I don’t have a lot of personal experience to draw on. It was a little dry watching hours of Parlimentary and Congressional meetings on Youtube, but I got through it, and I came out the other end absolutely sure that I maybe hopefully understand how a political meeting of any sort would likely go down. Hopefully the scene reflects some of the flavor and verisimilitude I think I’ve gained through my efforts.

I hope you’ll read the book once it’s released live and tell me how well I did!



The Home Stretch

I’m down to the wire on finishing the revision process of PS The Dragon Fights. You’ll remember that the first book in the Shadeworld series took me four months to revise. You might also remember that I planned to finish the first draft and revision process for this book in just the span of the month of November.


I didn’t quite make my deadline. I still have two chapters I am banging the keyboard keys over. The problem with being a new author and not having written many full length novels before is that there’s a pretty high chance I’ll end up writing a type of scene I’ve never written before. That means it takes me a bit longer to do the job.

I’m still making tiny steps forward every day though so the completely finished book that has been written and revised by me and then gone on to have the cover and all that other important stuff done should still be ready to go by December 16th, right on time for you guys to read and enjoy it over your holiday break.

Well, as always it’s fun checking in with you guys. But now I think it’s time that I get back to revising, so have a nice day!