Monday, July 27, 2015

A Fantasy Novel Sequel in the Making, Maybe-Part 2

I have been in the process of writing the sequel to “Legend of the Mystic Knights”, I have been notified that due to the recent lackluster sales, my sequel may not be handled by my publisher. As a result of this, I will be selling the novel at a reduced price. I will keep you posted when this occurs.
Until I make a decision about the future of the novel, I am proceeding with telling you about the monsters and creatures which will be featured.

As with “Legend of the Mystic Knights” I have tried to incorporate creatures based on medieval legend. Each creature or monster has its unique characteristic, which includes its power and its weakness.

The following is a list of creatures which play an important part in the sequel:

WOODWOSE- The Wildman of medieval Europe. This creature is incredibly tall (over 7 feet), and has fur covering its entire body, in many instances the fur is green colored.

In mythology the woodwose may represent nature, or the animal side of man. It can be gentle and intelligent or cruel and fierce. Of course in my novel, I have to have it cruel and fierce.
REVENANT-The zombie of the medieval world. I brought this creature over from my first novel. In the original they had a limited appearance, now they are featured more and have a greater impact on the characters in the novel.

Wyvern- the characteristics of this dragon are that it has one set of legs and can fly upon its leathery wings. This dragon is used in my heraldry throughout Europe and can be seen on many family crests.

WITCH- In Medieval Europe, and my novel, there is nothing more terrifying than a witch. I want to state now, before I get angry comments that I distinguish between wise folk and witches.

Wise folk were very vital in the life of people in Europe. They were healers who used natural herbs and plants to cure people of diseases. Their knowledge rivaled or excelled past those of true educated physicians of the time.

Witches are mostly woman (because they are capable of using stronger magic) who sold their souls to Satan in exchange for the ability to practice magic. They use their magic to cause harm to those around them. It is revealed in the sequel that it is witches who are raising the dead and creating the revenants.

I hope that this gives you an idea about what will be featured in my sequel, if there is one.  If you are interested in getting my novel, Legend of the Mystic Knights it is available for the kindle.

If I do not have my novel published, or I do not self-publish it, I want to thank everyone for the adventure we have taken with this blog.  It has been fun, and my pleasure writing about medieval life, wrestling, and writing.  Thank you.

As always thank you for visiting and if you want, please leave a comment.


  1. Thanks for making that distinction between witches and wise folks! I really didn't know that. Good luck with the sequel...keep us posted! Maybe this is a blessing in disquise:)

  2. William, I am sorry that your sequel won't be published but I hope you take the steps to self-publish. I am not a fantasy reader but many are and your writing has kept even me interested in knowing what comes next so please, don't give up. All the best whatever you decide.

  3. I'm sorry to hear your sequel will not be published by your current publisher but as Jacquie says, it may yet turn out to be a blessing in disguise. I've never heard witches and wise folk described in this way while your Wood Folk reminds me of the tree man in Avengers. Possibly that was the original inspiration for the character

  4. If you're novel is done, go ahead and self-publish it. Finding the time to effectively market is such a huge and daunting task. So much so, I hardly ever promote my short stories. Best of luck to you.

  5. That's an interesting distinction between wise folk and witches. I can imagine that there may have been some crossover, or at least misconceptions about that at the time. Best of luck to you in your writing career, I've learned a lot from you about medieval history!

  6. Fascinating characters to be sure William. As far as your book, as an Indie author myself I have to agree with Jacqueline ... look for the opportunities to branch out or try new things. I love experimenting and you never know what you'll discover along the way! :-)

  7. William,
    Remember when one door closes another one opens. Maybe self publishing with get you further. Just don't give up the fight

  8. I think you should make the woodwose cruel and fierce AND intelligent (but not gentle) - he'll be more formidable that way.

  9. Thanks for distinguishing the difference between wise folk and witches. It makes sense. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with your sequel. Don't give up. You can do this.

  10. Good luck with your publisher and with getting our sequel done. Hope things work out so you can continue to educate us not only about medieval times but about the medieval re-enactors in New York State and elsewhere.

  11. You should really self publish, William. Agree with the comments above that say you should branch out and try new things. If you innovate and develop the sequel you may suddenly find that it sells more than expected.

  12. I would suggest you self-publish it. Market a novel in the sea of other novels is daunting to say the least. Whatever you do, don't give up. Best of success to you.

  13. Oh, William, take the bull by the horns and go the self-publishing route. There are all kinds of ways now to pursue this. Who knows, you may do even better than if you went the traditional route! Good luck to you.