I spent today, the day before the release of Book Two of the Kingdom of Uisneach series, reflecting on two things in regards to this book.
I thought about how 10, 20 or 30 years ago, it seemed unlikely that I would be a published author. And here I am, releasing my second book in a trilogy. I wish it hadn’t taken a lifetime to get here, but I am grateful to be in this place and so thankful that the dream has come true.
I believe we come into this world with a purpose and even if we don’t fulfill that intention early, or in the manner in which we might expect, if we remain true to our deepest self, that nagging voice that says, “I must”, we will achieve our soul’s purpose. For me, the “I must” was to write a book. After a lifetime of trying, failing, giving up and re-trying, here I am with the second segment of the Uisneach dream ready to hit Amazon.
The second thing I thought about was how grateful and humbled I am to have been chosen as the carrier for this story. I really do not consider this work any genius on my part. Sure, I had an idea, a kernel of a potential story, but it wasn’t until the muse delivered the entire, 3-volume story to me in the middle of the night in a dream, that the kingdom was born. I am simply the scribe.
I think some books are created by the author, from start to finish. I also think some authors were born to tell a certain story. That may be partly true in my case, but I think the third category of authors, in which I count myself, receive a story from the ethers, Awen, writer’s heaven, or wherever, and are charged with putting it on paper.
There have been points along the way that I could have changed this story to fit what an editor or an individual thought it should be. Maybe even what I wanted it to be, but I was convicted from the beginning that this story had to be told in its entirety in the way it was expressed to me. To change it would have been disloyal to my creative master, the muse.
This is not my story. It is Briana’s, Silas’, Brath’s and all the other characters who introduced themselves to me in 2015. I hope I have done them justice in this second book. I hope they don’t fire me before book three.