I still can’t believe it, but it’s been four years since the release of The Fall of Netherea! It’s been quite a ride writing The Shaedon Resurgence trilogy, but knowing it took about five years of my life it still feels like quite an achievement and one I’ll always hold dear. What I love best is that I see the books pop up on my social media feeds and people keep discovering my scifi novels. A lot of my readers send me messages too, telling me how much they enjoyed the book and which characters are their favourites. It’s so great too see that many people have different favourites too, although in some cases it’s very hard for me to stay quiet and warn them not to get too attached to certain characters, haha.
I started writing The Fall of Netherea almost five years ago. It was during a time where my old band Polydrone had just broken up and I kind of fell into a pit of non-creativity. Having all this pent up creativity I decided to put my energy into writing a novel. To me it was never a question of whether I would finish writing the novel, or whether I would get it published. I knew that, no matter what, I’d end up with a physical book in my hands. If I wasn’t able to find a publisher, I probably would have opted for self-publishing.
Once I finished the manuscript, which took me close to a year, I decided to check my network to see if I knew any publishers. I got my hands on a list of all publishers in the Netherlands and checked all of their websites to see if they were a good match and eventually ended up with two offers for a contract. Reading through both contracts I decided to go with Celtica Publishing and that was definitely the best choice for me. The release of The Zar’aranos Deception in 2016 and The Xoron Redemption this year were quite a journey and having written an entire trilogy is something I’d never thought I’d ever do in my life!
Later this week Celtica Publishing will release their latest magazine and it will feature a giveaway so make sure to subscribe to that and keep an eye on my Facebook page too, because I intend to celebrate the birthday of my debut novel as well!
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