Ah, the three year project. Little did I know, someday I’d be holding a completed novel and the first draft of a sequel. It’s a narrative that’s been years in the making.
The War of the Rose: The Coming Tide was an idea I first had six years ago, when I was a young lad staying the week in the Rose Island Lighthouse in Rhode Island. New England’s climate, the glittering waters of Narragansett Bay, the rugged island and its history, all captured my imagination just as I was starting to write. Most of all, the native seagull population enthralled me to no end, thanks to the island being a bird sanctuary.
As a kid, there was nothing I loved more than a good animal tale. Deciding I wanted to add my own tale to the genre, I borrowed from my experiences nearly five years later to create The War of the Rose: The Coming Tide. I even pay homage to the original setting in the title (Rose Island=War of the Rose).
Without the greats, I would never have reached this evolution in my writing. Jack London, Brian Jacques, Kathryn Lasky, Kenneth Oppel, Robin Jarvis, M. I. McAllister, William Horwood, Erin Hunter, and many more, I owe more than writing can ever fully express. To borrow from the words of Isaac Newton: if I have seen farther than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
The Coming Tide chronicles the journey of Siddo, a young Black-backed fledgling who must fight to return home after being blown far to the south by a storm. In his struggles, he learns of a rising empire, one that has set its eyes upon his home. Will he return and save his island, or will a demon from his past destroy it first?
This was the page where previously chapters of the novel could be found. I am trying a new formatting approach to avoid a page that stretches down to the center of the Earth. For chapters, check the banner beneath this page’s link.
I will be adding chapters on a weekly basis to a point. Not that I think the chances are great, but I’ll be leaving out content to avoid having my novel stolen. Honestly, though, if it’s worth stealing, that’s a good sign. All chapters are from the third draft of the novel.