Writers at the Gate is pleased to welcome Horsell-based author JRC Cox and his debut novel Kings of the Land to the blog.
About the book…
With the land divided by a powerful sorceress and her lords, how can one small boy unite them all and restore the peace? Possibly by doing what everyone least expects - by making friends of his enemies, finding allies in magical folk, and maybe even wielding an enchanted weapon or two. But the question is, will that be enough? As the young squire soon finds out, it’s not just about the power that you wield. What really counts, is what you do with it!
I work in the video games industry by day and write for fun in my spare time. Kings of the Land is my first full novel and is the beginning of an action-adventure series I have planned out. Before that, I warmed up with writing three children's books with my daughter, set in our Farland Valley universe.
When did you start writing your new book?
I started on Kings of the Land in 2012, whilst awake in the middle of the night after having my appendix out.
What was the inspiration behind the book?
Oddly, Kings of the Land is the prequel to an idea I had for something set in the future. Also, my love of castles played a big part.
Can you describe your route to publication from concept to completed novel?
The short version = Seven years of writing, two years of editing with lots of feedback from my wife and friends, more editing and rewriting, trying to find an agent, getting bored of all the rejections, and finally self-publishing Kings of the Land for fun with KDP :-)
What ideas do you have for any future books?
I'm now working on Book 2 of the series. That is going a little quicker. I'm up to page 108 after 12 months or so. And I'm still having fun writing.
Which publishing services (if any) would you recommend?
Kindle Direct Publishing has been very easy to use. Pro Writing Aid was also very useful for one of the editing phases of my book.
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