Fall of the Western Kings – the creative process
What started as a short story for the AD&D role players in Ohio has become a full blown trilogy. How did that happen? This book started life as a short story written for a role-playing fanzine. It was a simple hack-and-slash tale of a swordsman with a magic sword and a terrible beast living in a cave. Feedback was pretty positive and that started me thinking of a much bigger tale that might involve that central character and I was on my way. As a Lord of the Rings fanatic, I decided soon after beginning the longer story that it had to be a trilogy and so now the short story becomes part of book one. Little of the original short story survived but it was the inspiration.