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Luck & Friendship
by Paul S. Lavender
I’m going to tell you a story. It will start out grimdark, but will end in the best traditions of fantasy on a high.
Some years ago, I became depressed and suicidal. I worked at the time and foolishly I told my manager how I was feeling. I did this in the expectation that questions would be asked and help given so that I could continue with my job (which I thought I was very good at).
Within six months I was made redundant.
My wife had not long given birth and she was suffering with post-natal depression. We lost our house and ended up living in a tiny caravan on a relative’s drive, in winter.
Eventually my wife went down to half pay and we really needed money, so I joined an agency that got lots of work with the company where I used to work.
I went and spoke to the people I had shared an office with for years, had laughed, joked and eaten with. One of them was even my son’s godparent. I was told “we can’t ask for you by name” to the sound of laughter from aforementioned godparent.
I had one day’s work.
At 3 years old, my son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. This basically meant he couldn’t cope with the ‘normal’ school that he was attending and kept running off. He would be lucky if he stayed more than 15mins before I would get a phone call to pick him up.
That’s the grimdark bit out of the way, because I now know I was lucky that those things happened. We had PPI on a loan and the money we got from that allowed us to pay off the bulk of our debt and to rent a house. More importantly it allowed me to buy an iMac, the one I’m typing on now, the one I use to write my books on!
I’m lucky because my wife supports my writing and I’m lucky because I have some great friends who live 250 miles away, who I know will help me if they can, just as they know I will help them.
I’m lucky because at the moment my wife earns enough that I don’t need to work, so I’m there if my son needs me. I do all the cleaning, ironing, hoovering etc. even when my wife has days off. We have a total role reversal from the ‘norm’ so there’s none of that sexist drivel in our house.
I’m lucky because we have manged to find a place which will look after our son and give him the education that he needs. He’s currently doing long division to four numbers and he’s eight years old!
I’m lucky because some people have bought my book. I’m even luckier that some have even read it and liked what they saw.
I’m lucky because I’ve found some great groups on Facebook and some excellent people on Twitter. I’ve ‘talked’ to people I never would have dreamed of ten years ago. People like Mark Lawrence, Ben Kane, Dyrk Ashton and M. L. Spencer to name a few.
I’m lucky because I managed to get my book into the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off for 2017.
Sometimes (and it should be sometimes) you have to go through hell just to realise what is important to you, and to find out who your friends really are. They might not live next door, they might not even be in the same country, but when the time comes they will be there for you when you need them most.
Paul Lavender lives in the U.K and is the Author of Tales from Ashen Falls and The Eighth God.
The Eighth God (The Orcslayers Book 1)
For thousands of years, five great fortresses have stood sentinel between the Borderlands and the rapacious Orcs. But the Orcs have allies and these allies are about to set a chain of events in motion that will lead to war…
Heroes will rise to answer the call.
Saethryth has just returned from the Orc Lands where he has been killing them for over twenty years. He is one of the last Orcslayers left alive.
Melress is a Half-Elven Battle Mage, recently promoted to Captain and sent to the fortress of Knight’s Perch, where there are rumours of a traitor.
Tierra has been sleeping with the enemy and now she wants revenge.
And Bazak-Kul, well he just wants to get home alive.
They, and others, will face the onslaught at Knight’s Perch, but battle is the least of anyone’s problems, because The Eighth God is on the rise and everything can change when the Gods are playing.
Tales from Ashen Falls: A prelude to The Eighth God
Monsters are on the rise and Gods walk the streets of Ashen Falls in four stories that serve as a prelude to The Eighth God.
Melress and The Fading Man
A young half-elven boy is kidnapped by a children’s nursery rhyme.
The Doves Head Inn
Someone wants to get their hands on The Doves loot, but they have to get past two bouncers to do it.
Something is killing residents of Ashen Falls, and a young Melress is found standing next to a body. Can the Battle Mage find the real culprit?
It’s a foggy night in Ashen Falls, and soon monsters walk the streets led by a man with one thing on his mind – revenge!