I am delighted to announce the release of my first novel, Truth Teller. Wow! Did I just really say that? I never thought I would hear myself say those words, but it’s true. Truth Teller is due for release on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble on
Let me tell you a little bit about my story. Truth Teller is the first book in a series, and the beginning of
Truth Teller Reviews:
Editor, Illustrator, and Published Author, Dawné Dominique
Take a delightful, mesmerizing journey into
Terrified by what’s happened to her,
As Charlotte, Elderfield and Middleton travel through dangerous lands, encountering heart-stopping dangers along the way, they are unaware of the dark stranger that follows them. Finally arriving at the Stronghold, a safe haven for the people of lands trying to seek safety from an impending war,
Truth Teller is an absolutely delightful, exciting read from start to finish. Mr. Chambers has created a fantastical world where magic is very much alive. His characters are vivid and so real that you can’t help but fall in love with them. Immerse yourself in a read that will guarantee not to disappoint.
Assistant Editor, Allicia C. Rose
There is a lot of good humor in the Truth Teller, things that actually made me laugh out loud. I especially enjoyed watching the bond of friendship between Elder and Charlotte continually strengthen until they had become like family – that’s one of my favorite concepts in fantasy, and the author did a wonderful job of bringing it to life. He has got the skill to make the reader care about his characters, the most important and most difficult task an author must undertake. I really enjoyed the story, and look forward to working on the next book in the series.
~~Allicia. C. Rose
I have so many people to thank for this release. I have received so much help and support from my friends in the writing community. I couldn’t have done it without them. I will never be able to return the kindness they have shown me, but I want you all to know how eternally grateful I am to all of you.
I am especially grateful to published author, Anastasia V. Pergakis, who took me under her wing and made my book release possible. Please show this wonderfully supportive lady some of your support by visiting her website, and better still, by buying her wonderful book, Cleanse Fire.
Man! I’m in limbo! Well, that’s the way it seems sometimes. Right now, I’m in the middle of a submission campaign. Waiting, waiting, waiting!!! That’s all my life seems to consist of right now. It’s just dangling at the mercy of others. Will they? Won’t they? Will I even hear from them again? It’s the most frustrating thing in the world when you consider the percentage of how many of them will be a yes. The statistics stand at a staggering 100% no at the moment. haha!! That’s not the most encouraging set of statistics in the world, and is enough to make even the most hardened optimist steer towards the cynical side of life.
But all is not lost! There is always hope. That 0.00001% still lurks in the background, waiting to jump out on you when you least expect it! So, what will I do? Well, keep waiting will be first on my list. In the meantime, I have tons of editing to do. And reviews. Being the moderator of the Young Adult Novel Workshop helps keep me busy. Did I mention real life? *Grin* I have several other novels that need to be written. I’ve just decided to scrap the novel I’m working on at the moment for personal reasons. I wanted to write a book four to my Truth Teller series, my baby, but as I stand little chance of getting the first three books published any time in the near future, I will put this aside for now. This story was such a big part of my life for so many years, but I think it's finally come to an end. It's time to move on to something new.
It’s nearly the end of the year. My goal this year was to finish my newest novel, Unknown Reality, and bring it to a publishable standard. My aim was to get it submitted before the end of the year, and I have achieved that. Go me! Hehe!! I wonder what next year will have in store for me J
Did you do set yourself any writing goals for this year? I would love to hear them.
Do you believe there is life out there beyond our own planet? To me, this is a silly question. Yes, of course there is. Tons of it! Life is a naturally occurring phenomenon in nature. Given the right conditions, life will form on its own accord; this has been proven in scientific experiments by creating a primeval soup from which life emerged.
I’m a keen amateur astronomer, and spent two years of my life building a rather large reflector telescope. During the time I spend building this, I studied astronomy to learn as much as I could about the universe that surrounds us. It’s amazingly fascinating, and very beautiful. One of the things that really stood out to me was the sheer size of our universe. Trust me, it’s very big indeed. And in this vast universe, there is a lot of stuff. So much so, you couldn’t come up with a number that would even mean anything to you. Common sense alone tells me that there is a lot of life among all this. Our humble planet alone contains approximately four billion different life forms that we know of, and we live on such a tiny little planet.
The question that we should be asking ourselves is, I wonder what all these life forms beyond our planet, solar system, galaxy, and even universe, are like? That’s a much better question. One that many a good book have been written about. They call it science fiction, but chances are, some of it may actually be science fact. We stereotype aliens as being little green men that like probing things that would possibly make your eyes water, thanks to the media and the film industry. I’m not saying that there is a civilisation out there that has the technology and the resources to visit our planet. We live a very, very long way from even the nearest star. But one thing is for sure, we are surrounded by billions and billions of living things in every direction. We may not ever see them, but they are there.
If anyone out there is interested in helping with the search for real intelligent life, then you may want to check this out. I’ve been a member of SETI@home for over ten years and run their free program on my computer all the time.
There is lots of advice for writers out there, and some of it is repeated over and over again by many writers, publishers and agents. This leads me to think that this advice is worth taking onboard. One quote that comes up very often is, write what you know. This might seem like an obvious statement, but very good advice nonetheless.
I spent seven years writing a series of Middle Grade Fantasy books, my Truth Teller series. There are three books in total; Truth Teller, The Wrath of Siren and Favian’s Law. I love these stories. They came straight from the heart and were always something I wanted to write. I worked for years to bring them to a publishable standard and entered the submission process. After many knock-backs, I came to the conclusion they weren’t the most marketable novels despite the amazing reactions I received from my target audience beta readers and the members of my critique group. So, I shelved them. I turned my attention to writing for the market. Luckily, the novel I wrote turned out to be a cracking story and very popular among my young readers. So, I tried to write another marketable novel. That’s when I hit a brick wall.
I had lost my way. I spent so much time trying to get published, I lost interest and almost gave up. It was a mistake. While I took a break from my writing, I realised where I had gone wrong. Write what you know! That’s what they say. So, that is exactly what I’m going to do. I went back to doing what I wanted to do and have just started writing a new novel. It’s book four to my Truth Teller series, Lost Magic. It’s so nice to be back with my old characters. I missed them so much. My series may never get published due to market forces, but I don’t care. I’m writing what I know, and I’m falling in love with writing all over again.