My name is Robert E Kreig and I make stuff up.
It is a time of mixed emotions for me as I send my tenth book of the Woodmyst Chronicles to my editor for corrections. I feel a certain relief as I've drawn the story to a conclusion, but I also feel some sadness because I've been emerged in the world surrounding Woodmyst and its inhabitants.
I've enjoyed the transference of protagonist throughout the narrative. Essentially, it is the story of a particular family starting with Alan Warde, a soldier of Woodmyst who harbours a dark secret that is uncovered in The Walls of Woodmyst: The Woodmyst Chronicles Book I. We are introduced to a young boy, Tomas, who grows up between the first and second books to become leader of his people during The Sons of Woodmyst and The Heir of Woodmyst (books 2 and 3).
By the time I was writing the fourth instalment, I had worked out who the true hero was. It was the youngest of Tomas' daughters, Alice.
Although Alice was still a small child and didn't play a major role during The Warlords of Woodmyst (book 4), she displayed traits that made her stand out, and that I wanted to explore further. Thus, the writing of books 5 through to 10 begun.
The journey that this little girl took me on was exciting and gut wrenching at times. I'm not too sure how other writers fare in such situations, but when it came to Alice, she was the driver behind the story. I thought I knew where we were gong, but she had other ideas.
Even towards the end, I wasn't certain how it would conclude. I frequently paused my incessant tapping on the keyboard to ask myself whether or not Alice's bravado and folly would see her meet her fate and just how she would get out of this situation, if she did indeed.
By the final book, there is so much at stake. Not only in the bigger world surrounding Woodmyst, but in Alice's immediate world of family and loved ones close to her.
Knowing that there was a possible future for Alice, an extension of the narrative, teetering on a knife's edge had formed a lump in my throat as I wrote the final chapters of book ten. I honestly wasn't sure how it would end up.
I believe that I have accomplished what I originally set out to do. I have written a fantasy series.
I also believe that I have created something distinct from most fantasy stories. I have written a fantasy series that is action oriented.
So far, books one to six are available to purchase online. Book seven (pictured) is coming. In the meantime, The Walls of Woodmyst (Book I) is available to download for free. Visit www.robertekreig.com for more information.
I hope people take the opportunity and time to read and enjoy The Chronicles of Woodmyst as much as I have taken pleasure in writing the books.
All the best,