It’s been three years since we failed Vicky, the child once known as Elizabeth Gray. Three years she’s lived as something not quite alive, but far from dead. Her path grows darker, even as she spreads light and hope through a tortured world. The Destroyer has come to claim her, and I can’t fail her again. I won’t. Elizabeth’s fate lies in the Burning Lands, and we will storm the gates.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve loved reading since I was very young. Filling out those little maps the library used to hand out as a “reading challenge” was one of my favorite summer activities between school years. At some point in time, I’m not sure when exactly, I would to wonder as I read ‘Wouldn’t it have been neat if they’d done this, or a character had this ability, or if the rules of the world were just a little bit different?’ It eventually led me to write stories and that led me to write my own books.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed making up stories. I had some fantastic teachers in high school that always urged me to pursue writing. I wasn’t really into the idea at the time, as I was still convinced I’d be a rock star. Let me tell you how well that worked out… 😉 It wasn’t until about 2005 when I realized I really wanted to sit down and write an entire novel.
What books have most influenced your life?
I will always owe thanks to Robert Asprin for his Myth Adventures series. They are such a wonderful blend of humor and adventure that I loved when I was a kid. Northworld by David Drake single handedly turned me into a huge fan of military science fiction.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Right now, at this moment, my favorite author is Neil Gaiman. What has always struck me about his work, ever since The Sandman, is the flow of the story and the flow of the prose. Everything is clean and the visuals are stunning.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
Yes! That’s probably my collector mentality coming through a bit. 🙂 I love the wonderful convenience and portability of ebooks. Of course, I also buy the hardcover releases of all my favorite authors, or paperbacks if they aren’t available in hardcover.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would like them to know how much I appreciate them taking the time to read these books. Being able to share these stories with other people who enjoy them has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
I slammed my fist onto the stone, and was surprised when it shattered beneath the blow. I expected pain and blood across my knuckles when I turned my hand over, but there was none. Bits of stone floated around me for a moment before pattering onto the earth.
“This place weirds me out,” I said, brushing the crushed stone away from the divot I’d made. “Almost as much as this damn book.” I slid the Book that Bleeds back into the pack and threw it over my shoulder.
“We need to move faster,” Mike said. “You are slowing us down too much, Damian.”
“What the hell? I’ve been moving just as fast as you. Sometimes faster.”
“Yes,” Mike said, “well, let’s not do that again. Ride on Jasper’s back. The wolves can run indefinitely, as can the bear.”
“I’m sorry?” I said, raising my eyebrows. “You want me to do what?”
Jasper’s tree-trunk like legs whumped into the earth as his gray scaly body erupted all around me. Claws long enough to impale Aeros scratched at the stone around us. His wings swept back, adding a fleshy canopy above our heads.
Bubbles thought this was fantastic. She chuffed and bounded up the dragon’s back, settling into the crook of his neck. Her massive tongue waggled in the air before Jasper’s chest.
About the Author
Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.
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