Too, I've made no secret out of the influence that classic literature has had upon me; my youthful objective in obtaining a bachelors degree in English (and shouldering the subsequent, requisite reading of an unfairly enormous plethora of plays, novels, short stories and poetry) provided me with a wellspring of long-proven wonders to emulate. And, yes, I use British English in my text. An idiosyncrasy? Perhaps. I owned mostly British books as a child because they were the major ones available to a kid who lived in Germany. True, when my family returned to the states, I re-adjusted. But I never totally dropped the British style. And, in scribing a European-styled, mediaevalesque phantasy, I decided that British English was the way to go. An author never wants to turn off or snub his readership, but outside of entertainment value, reading is also a vehicle for learning, for stretching one's knowledge base, and I like to provide what I can. No complaints thus far, so full-speed ahead! As for the SOULS OF ERGOS series itself, I'm not sure at this point how many books it will encompass. For some reason, everybody seems to be obsessed with trilogies these days, but in bulldozing through my many years of notes, scribbles, and doodles, there's little doubt that SOE will stretch beyond the trilogy zone, probably concluding somewhere between four books and thirty. Whoa -- just kidding. Really, the best answer that I can provide is that I will write no more, and no less, than is necessary to get the story told in a satisfactory manner. My best guess is four volumes, but if inspiration prevails (translation: if I get too wordy), maybe five. Any more than that and I'll be forced to rename the series SOULS OF EGO, and heaven knows I don't need that monicker following me around throughout my career.
As I imagine it is with every serious writer, my long-range intent is to create an engaging piece of literature, rife with good characterisation, intrigue, adventure, humour, and unpredictability. I don't like heroes who are heroes 100% of the time. I don't believe in the unredeemable coward or the intractable evildoer, nor that the meanest tough guy doesn't have a gushy moment, or the wimp, a few moments of gallantry. I draw from both personal and studied experiences, and I often burn an inordiante amount of lamp oil doing research in order to authenticate the many, many things that I don't know. If I'm not always accurate, trust me, it's not for lack of trying; I've clocked a considerable number of hours back-tracking through books or scrolling in tedium on-line for that one little factoid that I'd wager a majority of readers will probably never think twice about. Regardless, in the end it gives me satisfaction to know that I took it the extra kilometre. And if you're still reading this, maybe that means something to you as well.