This weekend I’m working on the first of many short stories that will stand alone, but will also fit together with one all-encompassing story arc. Think of watching an episode of your favorite TV drama. While part of the storyline may have to do with things that happened in the last episode, and things that will happen in upcoming episodes, you can usually watch any episode by itself and still be entertained.
That’s what I’m aiming to do with Troupers.
It’s going to be a fantasy series and the focus is going to be on action and adventure. I don’t intend for it to be “great literature” although if that happens by accident I’ll still accept credit for it. 😉
Instead, the story is the main thing, not poetic wording. The adventures the characters have is more important than great writing.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no intention of churning out garbage. But what I’m looking for is someone to read it and say, “That was fun! When’s the next one coming out?”
That will mean more to me than someone saying it was “great literature.”
I hope to release the first of the Troupers stories within the next 30-60 days and I can’t wait for you to read them!
They’ll be available as downloadable ebooks and I’ll post links here as soon as they’re ready.
Some of you may know one of my deep, dark, secrets — I play Dungeons and Dragons whenever I can. 🙂
The other day I was creating a new character for a game I was going to join and ended up with a Gnome thief named Luhroo. As I was playing around with his “background story” things just kind of snapped into place…
Luhroo travels around from town to town as an entertainer (known as The Great Luhroo) to keep a low-profile from people who don’t like adventurers and the kind of element they attract. He also takes advantage of his status to get into the homes and castles of rich folk — who have items he might need to “liberate.”
As I started thinking about the adventures Luhroo might have, I realized I was paralleling some of the ideas I’d had for Troupers and came to the conclusion that The Great Luhroo should be a figure that’s peripheral to the Troupers series and, in fact, will introduce the books with HIS story.
So look for The Adventures of The Great Luhroo sometime in the next few months. It’s going to be a blast!
Troupers is the story of a group of traveling entertainers who are more than they appear. They work as couriers for a secret group that’s trying to return the rightful King to power. They also handle other tasks on the side, mainly to keep the coffers full. But sometimes just to help out someone who’s in a jam.
Troupers is a fantasy story in the tradition of Tolkien’s The Hobbit — but with more than a little humor. So it’s not really like The Hobbit — except for the elves.