The Wonder of a Good Story

Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is almost ready to be put on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. It’s been fun to write that time travel series, but now I’m working on another science fiction book.

I enjoy reading books. Science fiction and fantasy are my favorites, but I read all kinds of books and stories. I hope to make each one of my stories better than the last. Beyond being an escape from the pressures of life, a good story gives me the chance to experience different events that I hope I never go through in real life. A good story helps me see things from a different vantage point, even if it is something uncomfortable.

In my mind, that is the wonder of a great story. The characters, environment, and events all work to draw me into a story. Sometimes, I read just for the environment and to imagine what life would be like there. Most of the time, I read for the characters. The good characters are written in a way that, even though they are different, I can find small pieces of them to relate with. If I can see myself in their problem, I will continue reading and I may even learn something about myself in the process.

Writing and reading stories, is a lot like analyzing life. The beginning, middle, and end of my life are not as well defined. I may have many big obstacles to work through and they may not happen in the same order they would happen in a good book.

I hope you find some good books during this holiday season.

Beyond my books Resonance and Dissonance, check out my other books.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, was a fun book to write. It is set in a world with limited technology, but where sacrifice is a necessary element to magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical power generated. The few mages in power use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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