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5 Additions to The Bow of Hart Saga Over the Years

It goes without saying that a fiction project morphs in many ways as it is written. However, The Bow of Hart Saga was a project that lasted several decades so the changes in it have been ongoing throughout that time. Here are 5 additions to the series:

1. Spark – this character was added very late in the writing process of The Bow of Destiny and then into the following two books, An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow. Spark began as a suggestion from my daughter so the character would not have been in the series at all without her input. Interesting since I didn’t even know my wife when I started the series just out of high school, let alone have a daughter!

  1. A larger cadre of villainous characters – one of the characters added was Paugren, Corgren’s brother. He arrived before The Bow of Destiny was completed, but mainly in Trading Knives which is a prequel story that reveals Corgren’s past along with his brother who is an integral part. Paugren takes on a larger role as the series moves forward.

  1. A different writing style – in 2014, at the suggestion of several other people, I changed the essence of the writing style for The Bow of Destiny (and the series) to that of deep point-of-view. It’s a different technique that I had to learn but I think it helped the series tremendously because of the nature of Athson’s story.
  2. More back-story about Withlings – as I prepared The Bow of Destiny, I knew there would be lots of questions about Withlings and the mystery surrounding them. Sometimes wonder-workers, sometimes mystics, these characters are quite different in nature so their story needed to be developed. For that, I turned to a short story entitled, What Is Needed, which refers to the common saying among Withlings.

  1. Ralda’s deeper characterization – this giant of a character had a makeover – again at my daughter’s suggestion. Before her suggestions, I had added that Ralda used a supplemental sign-language common among his people. Also, Ralda’s back-story about his brother took on a deeper meaning as something which motivates him. But at my daughter’s suggestion some appearance changes were added. Ralda (and giants) use a set of tattoos on their hands and fingers to augment their signing was one of the main details that came from the make-over.

There are many other details that I added along with some that were removed. Check back next week to find out what I removed.

Thanks for reading today, please leave your thoughts in the comments section and I’ll reply as soon as I can. If you want to know more about The Bow of Hart Saga, please see the series page.

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged: An Interview with Daniel Adorno

What’s your background with the fantasy genre and what drew you to begin writing your books?

I grew up reading many fantasy stories and watching various fantasy-themed movies and shows. The books that drew me into the genre the most were J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. Tolkien is a master storyteller and as a young wannabe writer, I loved the immersive world he created. I knew I couldn’t begin to scratch the surface of something like Middle-Earth, but I still wanted to attempt to create a fantasy world of my own and that’s where the Azuleah series stemmed from.

“Currently I’m working on a new science fiction series”

How old were you when you started writing and when did you first envision the Azuleah series? What was the triggering idea to begin it?

I was 9 years old and in 4th grade when I started writing. After completing a short story assignment for my class, I realized that I really loved to write. My father bought me a typewriter shortly thereafter and I started writing all kinds of stories that will never leave my old desk drawer!

The first moment I envisioned the Azuleah series was when i was learning how to draw of all things. I had purchased a book on drawing manga and anime and one of the “lessons” was to sketch an elf warrior or something. At the time, The Two Towers had recently released in theaters so I had elves and hobbits on the brain! When I finished that poor sketch of an elf warrior, I remember creating a story in my mind about the warrior. And as writers are apt to do, that story needed context and a whole world began to come to life. The rest is history as they say!

It’s interesting that your initial idea came from a drawing. Do you use drawing as a way to stimulate your creativity when writing scenes?

Yes, it actually does. Aside from writing, drawing and graphic design have become regular hobbies of mine. I’ve created many characters from my series digitally in Photoshop and various 3D programs. Sometimes I’ll brainstorm a story idea by creating the characters digitally first and it helps flesh out where that story could go.

You mentioned having all kinds of old stories in a drawer. Do you ever see yourself actually taking these and using them for a book or series?

Not really, no. Many of them are too basic in plot and character development to ever be worth salvaging. I see these stories more as the foundation of where I am today as a writer. I may use elements or characters from them in future stories, but nothing more.

What are your writing plans? What new books or series are in the works?

Currently I’m working on a new science fiction series that will be set in a shared universe with another author. Our hope is to write separate series in the same universe and then do crossovers kind of like what Marvel Studios is doing with their superhero films. To build some momentum for the new series, I’ve decided to write short stories related to the universe and publish them on my blog each month. The first one went up this month.

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I’m sure you have plenty on your site about this new project, but what’s the plot of this new science fiction series?

The story follows a bounty hunter who’s down on her luck and trying to become the best at her trade. When she gets the opportunity to catch a very lucrative bounty, she has to decide whether or not she’s ready to cross certain boundaries and fight off the most notorious hunters in the galaxy. The series will follow our heroine’s exploits as she faces moral dilemmas, rival bounty hunters, and political intrigue in a war-torn universe.

How did you decide to transition to science fiction?

I have always loved science fiction stories and in my mind they are like grounded fantasy stories. After completing the Azuleah trilogy, I wanted to change things up and try my hand at science fiction before I get back into the fantasy genre again.

Have you ever thought about writing outside the speculative genres of science fiction and fantasy?

Yes, I’ve thought about writing historical fiction before. I have a master’s degree in ancient and medieval history so part of me wants to use that knowledge to write about my favorite periods in history.

 

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“Hi, my name is Daniel and I’m a fantasy/scifi author. Thanks for visiting my website and blog. Here’s a little background on me: I began writing back in 4th grade when my teacher assigned everyone to write a short book with construction paper and crayons. Little did I know then that my award-worthy book on race cars would be the start of my writing career.”

The Bow of Destiny’s Main Character

Today is a continuation last week’s series about The Bow of Destiny. Today, it’s all about the main character and what makes the book go. But first, here’s the book trailer:

Athson is the main character of The Bow of Hart and a rather complex one at that. He suffers from fits over the violent memories surrounding the sack of his home Depenburgh that left him an orphan. These events were precipitated by an attack of trolls who are commanded by Corgren, a wizard in service to Magdronu, a dragon seeking for prime control of the world of Denaria.

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AthsonAfter elves discovered Athson wandering in the Auguron Forest they took him in only to realize later that he suffered the aforementioned fits as well as hallucinations about a Mountain Hound he called Spark. But over the years, these affects have been muted with the help of an elven medicine named Soul-ease.

But Athson also holds a few other secrets that he won’t reveal so easily and this leads him into trouble. As a grown man, he’s become a ranger among the elves and is sent with his mentor, Gweld, into the largely unpopulated western Auguron region. It’s here that events conspire to drag Athson unwillingly into a quest.

Along the way, Athson gains several new friends and companions – some he likes and some he doesn’t. Often, Athson also struggles with what’s real and not since he losses – or forgets – his medicine several times. Other events leave Athson confused and grieving while he struggles to find the Bow of Hart. But along the way, Athson finds his secrets are hard to keep hidden. Additionally, he’ll find himself facing hidden information and danger from Corgren, Magdronu and trolls all of which will test his resolve and grasp on reality.

Book blurb:

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.

Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.

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The Bow of Destiny has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Authorsdb 2015 Cover Contest (finalist selections are still pending). As such, I’ve left the book at it’s sales price of $2.99 to celebrate!

Reviews

Read samples from Amazon or Goodreads and find out why other people are saying things like this about the book:

“Overall, this has become one of my favorite fantasy books and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.”

– C. P. Bialois

“an excellent read…wittingly told…I love the style”

– E. J. Nate via email response

“I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to step into the magical and special world that you have created. It is a solid and well-crafted work that you should be so thrilled with.”

  • Katie King via email response

To find out more about The Bow of Destiny, click over to one of these online retailers:

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IMG_4154-EditAbout the Author

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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