I’ve been enjoying rewriting The Rise of Nazil. After spending this year focusing on my science fantasy and a new epic fantasy that I’m co-authoring with Tom Fallwell, it’s a pleasure to completely submerse myself in Faélondul and all of the fantastical beings who inhabit it.
Although I’ve continued to edit Blood of Oisin (the first novel in the second Nazil trilogy), going back to where it all started is a refreshing and humbling experience. The Rise of Nazil is the first full-length novel that I’ve ever written, and remains my favorite. It’s not merely the complex cast of characters or how they evolve throughout the book, it’s all-encompassing.
I wrote The Rise of Nazil because it was an epic that I wanted to read and couldn’t find. Since I was writing only for myself, I did so over a decade: just writing sections as I “saw” them. However, once I finally allowed others to read my story, they prodded me to share it with the world. I was reluctant, but glad that I acquiesced in the end.
With that acquiescence came more work than I previously thought. It wasn’t merely presenting my story to agents and publishers, it was learning how and what to do to successfully publish. I learned quickly that most publishers don’t normally accept novels from unknown authors as verbose as The Rise of Nazil. Several were interested, but with demands and terms that I wasn’t willing to accept.
Once I made the decision to become an indie publisher, it was like going to school all over again. I’ve learned a lot over the past few years, and continue to learn more each day. Being an indie publisher isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I get to tell the types of stories that I love, with characters who are diverse, intriguing, and flawed. I’ve kept that grimdark edge and continue to grow my cast, their circumstances, and their world. Even the Mehlonii language that I created for my epic fantasy is growing.
The Rise of Nazil is my favorite novel in this trilogy. Albeit it’s also the most difficult to “perfect.” Since I wrote it over numerous years, my writing style (and experience) changed. It’s been a challenge to merge those styles and ideals seamlessly. Now, it’s time to give The Rise of Nazil the final re-write that it deserves. A novel this epic and compelling demands it.