Frequently Asked Questions
First of all, thank you very much for your interest in the Arcadia Saga.
Below are the frequent questions I’m asked by readers.
- fas fa-caret-right Do you do school and/or library visits?
- fas fa-caret-right Is there a sequel to Talisman Of El?
- fas fa-caret-right Is there going to be a Talisman Of El movie?
- fas fa-caret-right How long did it take you to write the books?
- fas fa-caret-right What is your favourite book of all time?
- fas fa-caret-right I’ve written a book. Can you read it and let me know what you think?
- fas fa-caret-right When you’re not writing and reading your own books, what are you reading?
- fas fa-caret-right Did you have any input when it came to cover design?
- fas fa-caret-right What is your writing routine?
- fas fa-caret-right What advice can you offer aspiring writers?
Do you do school and/or library visits?
Yes, I do. I’m always happy to talk with groups of kids about books, writing and publishing. If you would like to arrange a visit, please head over to my contact page and send me a message.
Is there a sequel to Talisman Of El?
Yes. Talisman Of El is the first book in the Arcadia Saga. The sequels, Blackout and Ground Zero, are currently available for purchase.
Is there going to be a Talisman Of El movie?
I can only hope, but as of now, I have not sold the movie rights.
How long did it take you to write the books?
I started writing Talisman Of El in January 2010, and it took me seven months to complete the book. Blackout took five weeks and Ground Zero took twenty-one days. All three books were written in 2010. Of course those were draft versions and needed a lot of crafting and fine tuning to get them ready for publication.
What is your favourite book of all time?
I have two because I can’t choose between them. The first is Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and the second, which is also the book that inspired me to become a writer, is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I've written a book. Can you read it and let me know what you think?
It’s great that you have written a book. So many people begin a book and never finish. Unfortunately, if your work is unpublished, the answer is no. I cannot review unpublished material for legal reasons. I have to protect myself and my family from potential liability.
When you're not writing and reading your own books, what are you reading?
I love YA fiction, so you’ll always find me reading something of that genre. I particularly enjoy paranormal stories with a hint of romance – just a hint, mind you. I’m not too big on romance books. I like books that have something for me to unravel, books that allow me to expand my imagination. I’m also a big fan of the classics such as The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Wuthering Heights.
Did you have any input when it came to cover design?
I was invited to provide input, but I had such confidence in the design team at Centrinian that I didn’t feel the need to intervene. I was very satisfied with the direction and idea the team had that I just left it to them, and they did a great job. I’m very happy with the outcome of all three book covers. They complement my books so well and have taken the essence of the story and put it on display.
What is your writing routine?
I don’t have a routine. I don’t like routines. I’m a spontaneous writer. It’s not the easiest method to live by, but it’s mentally rewarding. I love the idea of not knowing entirely where the story is heading but rather having a vague sense of the outcome and seeing if the end result is as I expected it to be. Writing is more fun that way. Occasionally – when I have a deadline – I generate a simple plot outline of each chapter, which helps to prevent writer’s block. All I need is my laptop – and a pencil and notebook as ideas are always popping up inside my head, and I’m a very forgetful person.
What advice can you offer aspiring writers?
I have only one rule when it comes to writing. Just write. If you have a passion for storytelling and have an idea in mind, just get it out. You’ll feel so much better. If you want to take your writing to the next level and you’re thinking about getting it published, then you have to learn the craft. Read a lot, write a lot. The thing with writing is that you can only improve. It’s a one way street. The more practice you get, the better. Worry about how the story sounds and looks when you get to the editing stage. First, just write.