A man and a boy, a student and his teacher. I fell in love with their paradox. The constant one that would guide me through the rest of the book.
But the inspiration for Veil of the Dragon came even before that, in my paintings and in my music, and even again before that, when I was a kid sitting at a table with friends playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Everything in between is like a big sack that I draw from, images and feelings that have stayed with me, waiting to be written.
So I write them.
With my day job as an Architect, and with my family, along with other commitments, that is sometimes difficult. But it’s not impossible.
But I have had to learn balance. As I have done so, I have learned there is always enough time in the day to do the things I am supposed to do. When I get into trouble is when I pick up the things that I am not supposed to.
Yet another pitfall is not setting myself up to fail. It is rare that I have several hours at a stretch to write. But what I do have nearly every day, is 15 minutes, somewhere. So sometimes I just have to learn to be happy with that. And most days I am.
And when I can’t write the words, I draw them.
One of the decisions that I made along the way is that Veil of the Dragon is going to be an illustrated novel. I just don’t think it cannot be.
That’s not to say that either the writing or artwork could not stand up on their own, because I believe they do. But I believe they work better together. I am doing it because I can do both, and I know that not everyone else gets to. They get to do other stuff.
All this is very exciting for me.
It is a brave new world.
Regarding the status of things, I am waiting to hear back on Veil of the Dragon from a publisher I really like. While I wait, I am working on chapter illustrations and making minor revisions to Veil. I am already established into the second book, Mouth of the Dragon.
In between all of that I do my best to network.
As for the ever changing publishing industry in general, I am both excited and somewhat apprehensive. My vision imagines the return of the small bookseller, with slightly higher prices, but with an online portal directly to Amazon so that they can get a cut while their patrons grab a cup a coffee at their espresso bar.
Until then you can always visit my Author’s website at www.tombarczak.com
Or my blog at www.tombarczak.com/blog
Or even follow me @barczaktom on Twitter.