Picture of Aaron D. Schneider

Aaron D. Schneider

Fantasy author and lore monger. Husband and father. Writer of such series as The Outcast Royal, The World's First Wizard, The Rings of the Inconquo, The Warring Realm, and more to come.

War-Torn Along a Ragged Edge : The Launch of Book 2

War-Torn, the second installment in the epic Warring Realm series, comes out today, and like so much of my writing with LMBPN, when I look back at the book that I’ve written I realize that I am far and away from where I first thought I’d end up. In the misty, far off days of plotting the entire Warring Realm series out, which was in truth less than nine months ago, I thought I had an idea of where things were going to go, who was going to be doing what, and when the various twists and turns were going to happen.
But then Luce grew up.
It might seem strange to say it that way, but I’ve found that when you create a character and start putting them through the paces of the world you’ve fashioned around them you’ll find them changing. They mature and deepen, they scar and bruise, and by the time they’ve reached whatever milestones  you’ve laid out for them you realize that they aren’t the same character any more. You learn more about them as you tell their story, and as you do their abilities, their character, and their souls are tested in ways that shape that story. You find that they are racing along, clearing those stumbling stones and making those milestones blur by, or, if you’ve been particularly cruel, you find that they limping along far out from that milestone and one more stumbling stone is going to break them. And sometimes you need to break them, letting them fall and fall hard so that from those pieces they can grow again like a remodeled bone, textured and stronger.
I once heard Mr. Stephen King say something to the effect that his best stories, or maybe it was just the best stories, are ones in which you just put characters in situations and let things roll. It can get ugly, it will get raw, but in the end you have something that is a thrill to write and readers are going to enjoy. Plot can get in the way of a good story if you let it and Lord help me, but I love writing too much to tolerate any of that guff.
So I’ve watched Luce grow and then I watched him fall, hard. I watched him crack into all these cutting pieces that coalesce together into this walking construct who grows more jagged with each step until he is bleeding with each step. Then I let him break again.
What happens from there? Well, that is quite a story. Why not go and find out?
From the Publisher:
Haven’t read book 1 yet? Pick it up by clicking on the cover.

Follow My Blog Posts & Updates

More to Read...

24AUG23 NerdFathers Podcast BANNER

The Nerd Fathers Episode 39: Help Rebuild this American Dream!

So last time Chris and Aaron had more than a few things to say about the new Fallout tv series which were… less than complementary. However in the words of the great Theodor Roosevelt “Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining” and the Nerdacious Patriarchs will not stand for that. So in this episode they are going to explore how to fix the 1st season of Amazon Prime’s Fallout. Strap on your thinking cap and come loaded for bear, because we’re going to save the Wasteland one plot point at a time.

Read More »
24AUG23 NerdFathers Podcast BANNER

The Nerd Fathers Episode 38: The Dumpster Fire went Radioactive

WARNING: Discussion of material some parents may object to Chris and Aaron are finishing the off the Fallout Season 1 tv show and it is not so much bringing it home as bagging it up for the trash. But are they being fair in their critical analysis? Could our pair of Nerdacious Poppas have erred in their assessment of the series? The only way to find out is by tuning in and seeing what they have to say.

Read More »
24AUG23 NerdFathers Podcast BANNER

The Nerd Fathers Episode 37: The World’s on Fire, Okie Dokie?

From across the irradiated wastes and through hordes of mutated beasties the Nerd Fathers come bearing news of the new Fallout tv series. The show has raged across the nerddom territories earning praise and condemnation, depending on who you ask, and so it was left for the patriarchs of all nerddom to wander out into the wasteland and see what they can see. The first of two episodes concerning the shows, Chris and Aaron will be exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly of this post-apocalyptic, nuevo western, satirical extravaganza, and trying to determine if there is a good reason for it setting the world on fire.

Read More »