Book: Ariella, a heroic tale by Steve Bartholomewcategories: Book, Fantasy, Young Adult, Troubadour, Fantasy Novella, Dragon, Ogre, Hero Singer, Medieval Fantasy
Steve Bartholomewabout this book: I do love a good Medieval fantasy, with lots of dragons, wizards, beautiful princesses and swords and so on. I have not written much in that line, but I love to read them. Ariella is one of my earliest stories, but one of the most recently published. I wrote it more than ten years ago, when I was just getting interested in writing novels. Before that I had been concentrating mainly on non-fiction; you can see a few of my essays on my web site, www.chargedbarticle.org
I had also written a number of short stories. This story began as one. It started out as a brief tale of a brave troubadour who confronts an ogre. I sent it to the editor of a fantasy magazine, who suggested I make it longer. I began to see the tale developing itself, and so I wrote it. When it was finished it had only one problem: it had no real ending. I'm not the kind of writer who builds a story in advance, with an outline and plot summary and all the rest. What keeps me going when I write a story is finding out what happens. Any other way I would find deadly dull, and I suspect my readers would as well. With Ariella I could not see a resolution. Discouraged, I put it aside.
I'm not sure if I ever printed it out, but if I did that copy was long lost when I took up the story again. In fact the tale existed only on a floppy disk; I was cleaning out my desk and throwing away old obsolete software when I found it. I booted up, read it again and discovered it wasn't half bad. The real ending popped out at me; how could I ever have missed that?
I wanted to get this book out in time for last Christmas, so I decided to self publish rather than scouting editors. It may not be my greatest work, but I found it one of my most enjoyable. It's meant for adults, young or old; children could as well enjoy it, provided they can read or have it read to them. I hope you all will like Ariella as much as I do.
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