KNIGHT OF THE SERPENT:

This is my first novel, still awaiting the loving embrace of a publisher.  My query letter for it reads as follows:

Sometimes it’s not easy having friends – especially when they get sucked through a vortex into a parallel universe.

Erik Njal awakens injured and alone in a dark world called Xovetu – a realm dying beneath a purple moon.  Following a snooty winged cat, Erik travels to a nearby castle in search of his missing friends.  A ghostly queen warns Erik that his friends have been imprisoned and to free them, he must recover the Serpent of Ur’Grohm – the only artifact powerful enough to release his friends and return them home.

Accompanied by a mysterious woman called Katharine and a nerdy guide named Vern, Erik battles his way across the Nine Kingdoms – fighting an evil spirit, a Chinese necromancer, and a Norse god – and finally wins the Serpent in a contest over tea and biscuits.  When the Serpent is stolen, a desperate chase across Xovetu reveals the true darkness of this magical land … and his friends’ role in it.

Knight of the Serpent is an epic fantasy, complete at 112,000 words.  It works as a stand-alone novel, but is the first in a series entitled The Xohmin Chronicles, humorously interwoven with real-world cultures, dialects and customs – and a dash of mystery.

In the role of the mysterious Katharine, whom Erik rescues from the maw of a black tree and the clutches of witch hunters, I envision either Catherine Zeta Jones (left) or Monica Bellucci (right):

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I’ve edited the tale numerous times since my first draft in 2009, as I’ve learned a great deal since I first began writing in earnest.

Despite a distinct lack of kissy-faced vampires, I think it’s an entertaining tale – but I’m biased.  In October 2012, I submitted the manuscript to Harper Voyager’s “open house” for unrepresented authors.  monica-bellucci-20051102-81918

Among the many things the craft of writing teaches a person—humility, diligence, how to spot a participle—is the art of patience.  But as Tom Petty points out, the waiting is the hardest part.

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