Tomorrow is the big day: From 2p-4pm, I’ll be taking questions on Facebook and Twitter about The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy. I’ve been doing this for about a year now–this will make the fourth one–and each one gets more interesting. This will probably be the last one this year; I am currently working on the next volume which is Book I: The Epic of Eryn Galen. That one is not about Thranduil (entirely)–it’s a prequel, I guess you could say. As I await tomorrow’s opening day, I am thinking about the next move that little Oropher (future father of Thranduil) is going to make.
I just love the adventure; but I love when my readers ask the “Tolkien” questions. They are on their game so they keep me on mine. It’s one of those symbiotic relationships every author loves having with their readers. They know the characters and talk about them. They know their Middle-Earth and want to know what it’s like to live there.
I feel I’m on a reality show called “My First Novel” and with every new addition, my readers are watching the book they want on a shelf evolve from one moment to the next. What amazes me is they always want more even when they know there’s a beginning, middle and an end to all of this.
I don’t know how many readers there are, but I know there are a lot of them. I’m not the world’s greatest fan fiction; in fact I’m the least of them. I never expected 5 readers (and I am being generous). Now, my book is adding another platform–WordPress–by request of readers not too crazy about Tumblr. I don’t know how many readers there are, but when I first started writing Book II: The Saga of Thranduil, you could only find me in 5-10 Google results in 2015. Now, my story has surpassed me (I think I’m a meager 2,000 maybe). It is closing in on half million. People find me and my story there these days.
I’ve come a long way since the words “I Am Thranduil” started this unexpected journey. I’ve changed with Thranduil; we both look back on life and realize that we survived the shadows and made it to the morning. It’s a new day and though there will be more shadows, we both know we have the strength to find our way through.
“Little by Little, one travels far.”—J.R.R. Tolkien