Writing and Ricky, Trak, and Pol

I read an interesting review by Magnus Liber about A Sorcerer’s Rings on Amazon. He called my writing potato chips of the genre, meaning that my writing is snack food. I can’t disagree with him. The term I use is literary candy. Same thing. My fiction is meant to be an easy, quick, enjoyable read. Literary candy.

Magnus has my writing style down pretty well. He taught me a new term that I had to look up, Marty Stu. I’d never heard of that before, but Ricky, Trak, and Pol are indeed in the mold of Marty Stu, the too-perfect hero. They don’t start out that way, but they all ended up being a Marty Stu.  I also agree that I like to throw in romance and travel.

The travel part is where I generate places where conflict can occur. Readers will note that I use three mechanisms (among others) to induce interest. A change in locale, a new character, and putting people in peril. I will continue to do so, since such things interest me and that kind of thing makes reading enjoyable. It’s part of the flavoring I put into my candy.

I may not be able to deviate much from my style, but my next series will differ from Ricky, Trak, and Pol. The protagonist is a non-magician in a world of magicians. Everyone else has magic, but my guy. That automatically puts him out of the picture for a lot of things in his world. Perhaps I will have to turn him into a Marty Stu, but I hope not.  The idea came to me months before I spotted Christopher Nuttall’s Zero Enigma series. His series has a twelve-year-old girl find she has extraordinary powers as a ‘zero,’ a person who has no magical ability. I was disappointed that he had used a version of the concept that I had already been thinking about.  Actually, Song of Sorcery was meant to follow my non-magician series, but I decided to write Song of Sorcery first and wait a bit to see how Nuttall’s series panned out before working on my original idea.

I’m happy to say, his plot line did not end up matching up to mine. My protagonist does not attend a boarding school. The era is medieval rather than the 1600’s where my latest three series are based (The Disinherited Prince is more Rennaisance, actually). Ricky started out as a pariah and that changed by Book Two in Song of Sorcery. In my new series, the protagonist is likely remain a pariah, at least on some level. He is like a blind man in the society he finds himself, but he will find some advantages due to his unique circumstances.

I’m still working on the last book in the Song of Sorcery. When that wraps up, my next project will be the first book in the non-magician series and might take a little longer to publish. I’ve got a lot of worldbuilding to do and I have a new magic system to create. The new book will still be literary candy, but hopefully a different flavor from the others.



  1. SavannahReader

    I read Magnus Liber’s review earlier today and while he makes a number of valid observation he misses the forest. I read your work because it is a wonderful escape mechanism. It’s a grand adventure for me and a great way to pass the time. Every author has holes in their stories if you’re looking for them rather than simply enjoying the story. I want my protagonist to win and to get the girl/guy. If I want a literary masterpiece I will read Dostoevsky and other great masters. Looking forward to book 5. Take care and keep up the good work.

    1. Clare

      Couldn’t agree with you more.

      I’d also say that Guy’s work is something that younger readers would enjoy, and hopefully it’d inspire them to write their own characters. Plus it shows women as being strong and capable which is always a plus.

    1. admin *

      I won’t change my style. I intend to give my new protagonist his own unique character, that’s all. Action, romance, and travel are what I write. He’ll win in the end, but winning may take a different route than with my last three series, that’s all.

  2. Robert Skinner

    I have stopped reading Nuttall. His characters are all whiny crying little children. Constant blather and repetitive. Your stories are fun and light and read very well. If there is an author that I would like to compare you to would be to John Conroe. He has a very interesting writing style and like you he makes his characters interesting and fun to follow.

  3. ralphy

    avidly awaiting sorcerer’s fist.

    please don’t let feminazis try to influence your use of language or gender relationships.

    keep up the good work. thanx.

  4. Jim

    I’ve enjoyed your stories just the way they are. I read my first book by you a few months back. As to the comment about them being snack food, I happen to enjoy snack food. I also don’t compare one author to another. I grew up with Burroughs, Eddings and many others over many decades. I enjoyed their stories, because the quality I expected, was always delivered. Now I’m just waiting for Sorcerer’s Fist. I’ve already read, and enjoyed, everything else out there you’ve written.

    I like it that all your books are available digitally. As many of us get older, our eyes aren’t what they once were, and adjusting the font size makes books easier and more enjoyable to read.

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