I’m known on Facebook for being one that writes about “kings”. When I joined Facebook (long before it went public), I was there because 1) one of my more famous friends was there along with a few of my other friends and 2) I was beginning to promote two script projects: HERETIC: THE LEGEND OF AKHENATEN* and NESTA: THE STORY OF THE GREATEST MUSICAL LEGEND THAT EVER LIVED. One about a King of Egypt (duh) and the other about Bob Marley, the King of Reggae.
Enter life-changing events that led me to begin writing about “other” kings–The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy (begins in the middle with King Thranduil) and now its subsequent spin-off Of Lords & Kings: The Legacy of Dale. I’ve always been a screenwriter/playwright–my first script was for a light opera in my private school (also wrote most of the song lyrics). I should have seen the “light”: the opera was called The Silent Queen and it was my idea–because, I’ll admit no one else was interested in the process of writing. I already knew what exposition was and had a grasp of climax and resolution. I also tended to be into kings and stuff long before the world knew about Game of Thrones.
This time King-Writing stuck with the debut of Book II: The Saga of Thranduil and from that day in December of 2015, The Elvenking opened the doors to Middle-Earth’s other kings to tell their stories (in one form or another). So much so, I added another writer for this endeavor. Luckily for me (because The House of Durin is going to take a lot of time and I have 100% faith in her because like me, she reads a whole lot of Tolkien). If we find more stories to tell (and we will), chances are that will be the pre-requisite for future team members.
I say “team” because all the stories will overlap (and the world will find out how that works very soon).
Currently, I’m about 1/25th into Book I: The Epic of Eryn Galen (which for those just tuning in is all about Thranduil’s ancestors and his father–from their POV). I say 1/25 like it’s a bad thing but since all of it takes place within The Silmarillion (as half of Book II does), it is a good thing to be 1/25th into it. I’m only in Chapter III and it’s already over 50 pages long. Also, it has to be accurate; I’m a stickler for details.
For L&K, I’m lucky that part of it is already inside Book II: The Saga of Thranduil (both versions), so it won’t be too hard to deal with King Bard–it’s his ancestors I’m going to have to discover. I just recently purchased “The History of The Hobbit” by John D. Rateliff (it arrived in my mailbox exactly 7 years to the day it was originally published) and I learned about J.R.R. Tolkien’s chapter on Mirkwood. I was pleasantly surprised and felt that divine providence was shining on me as Book II has a chapter aptly named “Mirkwood”. I think I found my calling.
What better a way to continue honoring both my father and Tolkien than to do the only thing I’m reasonably good at–writing. I began with one book and ended up with a trilogy and two standalone books (the other one from TKWRT is The Song of Seven Rivers) and found someone to help me out in this endeavor that’s challenging as much as it is an adventure. More importantly, I absolutely adore this.
We’re going on an adventure! Welcome back to Middle-Earth.
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