The Cursed Ashtian – Chapter 1

    It rained on the day Mother would join the gods. Raian stood with his arms coiled around himself, a boy shivering in the cold, when he only felt like burning. His older brother shuffled alongside, rubbing his nose. Raian couldn’t tell if he was crying. Holding it in, maybe, like their father standing... Continue Reading →

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Cartography

Fantasy Maps : Black & White No fantasy book is complete without a map. These are both maps for my own projects: Captain of Fortune and The Cursed Ashtian. Lantha is a simple map, showing where all the major cities and towns are located around the country. Valen has more detail, with roads and forests... Continue Reading →

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The Andarian Peninsula

I'm excited to show off my latest project, a country map for YA author A.C. Williams. This is for her Urban Fantasy series The Legend of the Lightkeepers. Meg Mitchell lives in a castle, but she’s no wilting princess. Raised in an alien world by adoptive parents, she spends her time fighting Centaurs, training as... Continue Reading →

Lanthian Map Upgrade

My latest project was upgrading my original Lanthian map for my WIP novel Captain of Fortune. The first map of Lantha was created about five months ago. It was also my very first digital map. As I working on my style, improved my drawing, and figured out what I like, I found myself looking at... Continue Reading →

Dylan Byford, The Lost Archive

"Within a few hours of contacting Soraya, I had a first draft of a chart in my inbox, working to my specifications. Soraya was very responsive and was able to adapt to what I was looking for, namely a planet / moon chart in an archaic style for my sci-fi universe. We discussed ideas and... Continue Reading →

Red and Raven

*I had the honor of being a featured guest writer for Muse in Pocket, Pen in Hand this week! I tried to share my short story from their site, but my computer kept going blank. Here it is!*   “This is a stupid idea,” Celeste said as she leaned over the table, grinding sulfur down... Continue Reading →

Urban Maps

New Ashta is the start of my hero's journey in THE CURSED ASHTIAN, so I figured it would be a good start to practice my town maps!

Journal of Captain Elias Vonn Oaken

Taken from the journal of Captain Elias Vonn Oaken. The month names have been switched for more understandable names. There are less months in the year but they're longer. The Lanthian year runs from April to December. I hope you enjoy getting a peek through new eyes at the history of the pirate ship Starling and her... Continue Reading →

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