The first draft of Shadows in the Stone was written when I was sixteen, back in the mid-80s while listening to what is known today as Classic Rock. I was in high school and once homework was done and tossed aside, I pulled out my coil-bound notebook and wrote the story in pencil.
Pencil gave me the option pen didn’t: to erase words and complete paragraphs if I didn’t like what I’d written. I’d sit on my bed late into the night when a scene grabbed me and write long past midnight. I was hooked.
The story had been written from every character’s perspective and the details I used to describe them was similar to filling out a character sheet in a Dungeons & Dragons game. You knew their exact height, eye and hair colour and weight. One of the main characters was Argon (known today as Bronwyn). Alaura was originally Anna. Isla of Maura was originally Durania. Where did I get that? Have you ever listened to Duran Duran?
When I became a stay-home mom in 1997, I dug out that coil notebook, read the story, cringed a little but couldn’t put it down. I’m sure there was a lot of reminiscing about the story influenced by my teen years that kept me reading, but the story itself captured me, too.
Picking up the pen again and reading articles and books on how to write, I wrestled with what I’d been taught in school on how to craft a story. I found I had to unlearn many things to write properly. After many rewrites, revisions, edits, beta readers and an editor versed in proper British English, Shadows in the Stone was published. It’s changed slightly since it first appeared, but the essence of the story remains. I still love the characters and the story. I hope you do, too. It’s not my best novel, but it’s the one I learned the most about crafting a story from.
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When bandits seize his child, one man sacrifices everything to save her.
The most important thing in Corporal Bronwyn Darrow’s life is rising in the ranks at Aruam Castle. His goal is to be captain of the guard one day. The last thing he needs is distractions. When a woman and a child are forced into his life, tensions escalate, and he’s caught between his drive for promotion and what his heart desires.
If you love stories of adventure mixed with magic and romance set in archaic landscapes, you’ll love McGyver’s Shadows in the Stone. Unlike many fantasy novels, family plays a central part in this story, so be prepared for the hero to receive unwanted motherly advice.