Sorry I've been gone for awhile. I'm on the last chapter of my second book and simultaneously preparing to launch a new edition of Orphan's Quest under the banner of my new publishing label, Glynworks Publishing. On top of all that, I had Easter dinner to cook for the whole family, my cousin came to visit for a week and I've felt like crap for the last ten days or so. All and all, a pretty full couple of weeks.
I'll be back again soon. I just need to finish up the book first and pass it to my panel of critics. I had to pop in though and share this with you guys though, cuz it's so frickin exciting! Okay, exciting to me anyway. I sent Sal Sapienza, who many of you will recognize as the critically acclaimed author of the novel Seventy Times Seven, a copy of Orphan's Quest and asked him if he would read it and maybe give me a little blurb of feedback to put on the back cover of my books. He totally surprised me by writing an entire review! That fact alone is thrilling in itself. The fact that he loved the book put me right up on cloud nine. I'll let you read it for yourself. I don't think it has appeared yet on Amazon, so I'll post it below:
Truth be told, Orphan's Quest is not the kind of book I normally gravitate towards. The fantasy genre - with its mythical characters and otherworldly settings - has always been off-putting to a realist like me.
The first few pages of Orphan's Quest - with its explanation of time equivalences and a detailed terrain map - seemed only to confirm my prejudices.
And then I began the narrative and a wonderfully surprising thing happened - I was hooked! Yes, Orphan's Quest has elves, giants, ratmen and magic pendants, yet what kept the pages turning for me were Pat Nelson Childs' beautifully drawn characters who are so relatable (dare I say, so human?) and whose journeys are so incredibly moving.
The gay romance between the book's orphan teen protagonist, Rokey, and the handsome Flaskamper is totally heartwarming and believable - this despite the fact that Flash is an elf! In one of my favorite tender scenes, Flaskamper's mother tells him, 'Sharing yourself - your true self - is a tremendous risk.' It's a universal theme, but one especially relevant to the gay reader.
Rokey and Flash - along with a trio of other outcasts - band together and form a family. The book is ultimately about the search for our authentic selves and how sometimes we need to leave behind our biological families - and create new ones of our own choosing - in order to discover who we truly are.
Orphan's Quest is a magical first novel full of romance, adventure and self-discovery. Most admirably, though, it forever changed my perception of the genre and demonstrated that a fantasy novel can speak so beautifully to the heart of a die-hard realist like me.
- Sal Sapienza, author of Seventy Times Seven
Okay, can you see why I'm pretty excited? I just had to share that with you guys. Needless to say, that baby goes right into my press kit.
Alright, gotta go. I'm going to tool around a bit and see what's going on. I also have an announcement to make about the GLM project. I'll do that in a seperate post.
Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive of me and the book. I really appreciate all your feedback and enthusiasm. It has helped to erase any doubts I had that my work could be enjoyed and appreciated by a teen audience.
Ciao for now guys!