Forest of Fenris: Turning Two

forestoffenris-819x1024Two years ago Forest of Fenris was released. It was my first published book, and it was also my first ever fantasy book. I am, and will probably always be, most comfortable writing contemporary stories, but I do like the three fantasy stories I have had published.

It all started with a prompt. I do believe the first one was “into the forest”. That was the first scene in the book. The next prompt continued the story, then came the third, the fourth, and soon I had the whole story unfolding in my head. I was pretty darn pleased with it, because I managed to do something I never had done before; the world building of a completely fantastical world and to actually write and finish the story itself.

All in all, I am happy with the story. That’s not to say that there aren’t things I would change with it, if I could do it over again. Mainly, the ending. The feedback I’ve had on it is that it ended too quickly. If I could do something, it would be to draw the ending out a bit. However, I do like the ending it has. It simply felt right to end it there, and it set up the events for Brand’s sequel, Desert Fire.

Behind the Story: Desert Fire

Desert FireFor those of you who have read Desert Fire, the sequel to my first published story Forest of Fenris; I have some trivia to share. When Brand started to nag me for his own story halfway through FoF, he told me his hero would be Kamoor.

Fine, I said. It’s your life. Have it your way.

But as I started writing the story Khatlah happened. They decided they’d be a threesome. I’d never done a threesome before, but if they wanted to be together, then who was I to stop them?

Kamoor was kind of a jerk through the whole story. Brand didn’t much care for him. They just wouldn’t come together. So when I was starting in on the end of the story they promptly told me that this wasn’t working.

No shit, I said. Like I didn’t already know that.

So the story was back to being a twosome. Not between Brand and Kamoor, as was first planned. But between Brand and Khatlah, the character I didn’t see coming until he entered that dungeon.