Ramblings of an Amused Dragon

by A. G. Carothers

satisfy your needs

Welcome and thanks for stopping by to check out the new site.  For this first post, I had quite a problem with figuring out what I wanted to say.  One would think that even after keeping an active LiveJournal for over 10 years that I would know what to write, but this is different.  I think first I'll tell you what you should probably expect going forward with this blog.  I will talk about my books that I'm still trying to get published, so you won't get too much detailed information on them lest I give away too many spoilers.  I'll also give some book recommendations and talk a little bit about whichever book I'm reading that day that strikes my fancy.  Whatever else may go into these posts is anyone's guess.  I'll try not to ramble too much. 

Let's talk SYN Consulting.  In February 2016 I had hip surgery and a few months before that I started reading paranormal romance for the first time.  Now, I've always been an avid reader, but for the last several years I really hadn't been pleasure reading at all.  Then I got a new job that allowed me to read in-between calls and suddenly I was scrambling for stuff to read.  I found that reading my usual fantasy stuff was not keeping me awake or entertained at work.  I went in search of something new to read.  I've read romance novels on the rare occasion and decided to check and see what was new.  I discovered paranormal romance, specifically shifter romance and was completely lost to them from there. 

Back to my surgery, I was laid out for several weeks and at that point I was already devouring books at a steady pace.  I've read some really good books and some really bad books, but the majority of them had a common formula that after a while gets really boring.  The whole industry thrives on the various formulas that books are written in and many readers enjoy that.  I like it too, but only to a point.  I wanted something different.  There are a few authors out there that have taken different approaches to their storytelling and I love them for it.  I still wanted something different.

I started thinking about what kind of world I would build and what I would want to see in characters of that world.  I started writing out characters and building their history as I built the world around them.  Then I wrote a prequel for my main female character as a tester to see if this is something I could really do.  The prequel kicked off the movie that just started playing in my head.  Three months and 150,000 words later I had three books written.  This time last year I was almost done with book 3.  This last year has been full of getting people to read them, get constructive feedback on them from friends but also other authors and editors, and making all of them publish ready.  I've had to back burner book 4, which is started, in order to get this done.  

Anyway, that's all for now.  We'll talk some more later.