Who am I? I am, in many ways, the World of Ontyre. Each moment in my life became another element. Writing down the details came later, much later.
I am, first and foremost, a fantasy writer and the foremost expert on the stories that make up the World of Ontyre. It’s a world of emerging technology, but also there are mammoths and gryphons. There are sorcerers, witches, and wizards, but too there are Partials, those who have specialized abilities.
The true beauty of Ontyre is that I can tell any story there—and it all starts on the continent of Tremjara during a time of great change. Carrdia is an isolated nation near the continent’s center and has fallen into a dystopian downward spiral.
Fifty years on, hope surfaces in the most unlikely of people. Riparia Dellbane, a courier for the rebel Keepers, lives a cherished life in isolation, but in a single night her quiet place in the world dies at the hands of Dioptric Ministry Practitioners…
Riparia is my principal heroine, but there are other stories outside the main thread that also take place in the same country and on the same timeline. In addition, I often write short stories that occur elsewhere and at other times in Ontyre history.
Currently, my plan is to have five Carrdia novels drafted as a first step…
Trust in the Forgotten is the first Riparia novel and heavily edited.
River in Each Hand is the incomplete sequel.
Torment Surfacing is a non-Riparia novel in a different region that will eventually tie to the main series. It’s been edited once.
Exhuming Truths is the prequel to the first novel, explains mysteries not explained in the first two books, and revealing much that wasn’t suspected. It’s drafted.
So Others Might Remember is the sequel to River and is only in the earliest stages of planning, which means it’s only in my head.
In addition to those books, in 2014 I published a book of poetry, The Renaissance Cycle, that focuses on the important themes in my life: hope, determination, freedom, equality, and purpose. Those are also themes in my fiction.
Oh, right, this is supposed to be about me. Yeah, guess that’s why it’s an About page…
Maybe the question should be, how did I become Ontyre.
My childhood taught me about holding onto hope. Escaping childhood taught me about freedom. Returning to college for my degree taught me more about myself than my classes did and convinced me I had to write.
At my personal crossroads, college pointed at my purpose.
Surviving a lengthy illness (2009-11) where I literally came within a whisper of my last breath taught me about determination. LGBTIQA experiences taught me about equality. Discovering I’m a textbook INFJ filled in gaps.
It’s all in my writing, all those elements and so much more.
The tales of Ontyre are about adventure, suspense, and romance, but above all they’re about purpose, personal triumph, and all that cooperation makes possible. I’ll admit it, they aren’t quick reads, but are intended as engrossing stories worthy of multiple readings, each time revealing more to the reader. Too, each book enhances the book that preceded it.
Not everyone, of course, will be interested. That’s okay. I’m looking for those few…
Me in a nutshell? It’s vital we believe, believe in ourselves and in each other. No matter the good or bad in my past, it’s still the story of how I arrived in the present. Its value exists in lessons for myself and my characters. Rather then focusing on what we believe cannot be done, let’s strive for the impossible and make it possible for the betterment of all. For my part, I’m tired of hearing “can’t” from those lacking vision. “Can’t” was what I was told after disease ravaged my lungs and I declared my determination to shed my dependence on the cannula, tank, and tubbing that pumped oxygen into my lungs to keep me alive.
The oxygen tank and accompanying paraphernalia? They’re all gone.