My first novella, The Taking of Stonecrop, was released this week. I wanted to answer some of your questions about the project:
Q: Why should I read The Taking of Stonecrop?
A: It wields intrigue, humor, and a sarcastic pronghorn. And you’ll support my mid-life reinvention.
Q: What’s the relationship between Spireseeker and The Taking of Stonecrop?
A: They are in the same world with the same characters, but are two mostly independent stories. The Taking of Stonecrop happens three hundred years prior to the events in Spireseeker.
Q: Which should I read first?
A: It’s fun either way. If you read Spireseeker first, you’ll enjoy reading more about some of your favorite characters when you read the novella. If you read The Taking of Stonecrop first, then you’ll have a little more background on the world before starting the novel—and you’ll recognize a few historical references.
Q: If Spireseeker is a stand-alone story, then why release a novella in the same setting?
A: I’ve recognized that asking readers to start with a fifty-chapter novel written by an unknown author was a bit unrealistic. But, hey, I’m an optimist. So I’m hoping people are willing to give the novella a try. And if they enjoy it, maybe they’ll follow some of my other projects, including Spireseeker.
Q: Will your next novel be in the land of Fayen, like Spireseeker?
A: No, it will be separate. I won’t preclude releasing additional short stories (or even another novella) here or there to add depth to the Spireseeker story, but my next major project is the Shkode trilogy: my personal twist on wizards and dragons. I’m so set on making it a great story that I’ve already been working for more than four months on the outline alone.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect of The Taking of Stonecrop?
A: I enjoy that it explores the personalities of some of the male-form elves. The female-form elves dominated Spireseeker, and though no disrespect was intended, I wondered whether the male-form elves didn’t quite get their due. So I’m happy to be able to highlight them a bit more.
If you have any additional questions about the novella, please let me know. In the meantime, I’d be honored if you’d give The Taking of Stonecrop a try.
E.D.E. Bell, 26 February 2014