Roland of the High Crags.
Okay, okay; I know. I've ranted and raved and written a ton of shit about this dive off the deep end into the Fantasy side of the pool. But I can't help myself. Roland is like one of my children. He's complex, deep, a born killer . . . yet likable. A hero in a world filled with villainy.
He's a warrior-monk for chrissakes! Trained in the martial arts since a child. Unsurpassed in his skills in handling sword, lance, or bow. Ah . . . but to top it off, he has that gift 'in the blood.' He has the gift of magic. He's a trained wizard in the Bretan Way; that version of Magic which allows him to control the almost uncontrollable powers of the Netherworld.
The Netherworld is the supernatural. It is the afterlife where all souls go to reside after leaving this plane of existence. The soul naturally drifts into the Netherworld. It is a vast river; a place which pulses with infinite power. It is the abyss. Madness resides in the Netherworld. All the forms of madness a sentient mind can acquire.
It is the home of both Life and Death. The home of the Past and the Future and the Present. Magic, in all its forms, resides in the Netherworld. Only those who are touched in the blood can tap into this power and mold it and use it in whatever shape and form one wishes. Consciously being aware, however, that if one using Netherworld Magic too much, one eventually goes mad with insanity in the process.
So I developed this fantasy series of complex, dark, contemplative novels which invites the reader into a fantastic world of adventure and intrigue. Or . . . at least . . . I thought I did. As typical with most of my writing, I could not find one Sci-Fi/Fantasy publisher intrigued enough to take it on. Bummer. It meant it the series would not get it heaved over the pile of other fantasy bullshit and get it discovered by the reading public. So I had to self publish.
Which meant, of course, Roland was swimming in an vast uncharted ocean of other fantasy novels similar in scope and range. The end result being that damn few of anyone has discovered Roland. Even though those who did turned around and wrote some glowing reviews for it.
So my conundrum. My perpetual problem. I can't let go. Roland needs to be read. His adventures needs to be followed. He needs to be discovered. But how? How do I go about this without selling off my house, my car, my kids, and my grand kids in an effort to find the finances to push Roland out into the Land of Discovery?
I dunno. All I can do is maybe create a set of different artwork for the covers and try it again. Revamp and expand Book One of the series along with the new artwork. Shake the trees in the few social web sites I swim in letting everyone know that he's out there waiting to be discovered.
And hope. Always hope for the impossible to happen.