I’d like to give a hearty welcome to fantasy author, Parker C. Wilson, and thank him for preparing a guest post for us to enjoy this month. In his piece, we delve into his writing background and the inspiration behind his award-winning book, Excalibur’s Pendragon: Book One of the Aethervard Legacy.

*********

How did “Excalibur’s Pendragon” come to be?

One thing that people should know about me – Parker C. Wilson, multi-award-winning novelist – is that I thoroughly enjoy reading fantasy novels just as much as I like writing them. As a kid, I loved immersing myself in books such as Eragon, Fablehaven, Leven Thumps, The Chronicles of Prydain, and many other memorable stories. Looking back, I realize I enjoyed these stories because their characters went on difficult quests and overcame their challenges for themselves and others. This was certainly the case when there was great difficulty or personal sacrifice required of the heroes or their allies. These stories inspired me to put pen to paper and write the early drafts that eventually became Excalibur’s Pendragon, my debut novel that is now the winner of four book awards.

This project was shelved many times due to the literal and metaphorical journeys in my adolescence and early adulthood. These journeys opened my eyes to the different challenges people undergo in real life, challenges regarding social, economic, mental, and physical difficulties. Ultimately, writing helped me cope when I, my family, or my friends went through something that stretched our souls. It helped me to learn how to see things from different perspectives. Ultimately, it gave me the resolve to provide teens and young adults with stories that could help them be heroes even when they felt limited by their weaknesses or circumstances.

This is the heart of Excalibur’s Pendragon. The main character, Ryan Walker, reluctantly finds himself pulled into a hero’s quest while he is battling with depression triggered by his mother’s passing. He is taken on a journey that continues to stretch his soul and requires him to confront what he intends for his future even while he continues to experience different losses. Other people in this book go through difficult challenges, and their stories intertwine with Ryan’s to demonstrate how one person’s choices can greatly impact the lives of many others.

The hardships of Ryan and my other characters are not something I take lightly, especially when I know that the readers of my book could be experiencing some of these challenges themselves. As hard as it is to read stories that remind us of our pain, I believe many readers resort to such stories to be strengthened by characters who face their storms. That’s how it is for me at least. I always feel braver when I see or read of heroes who continue to fight the good fight even when life gives them a real beating. I see in these fighters attributes cultivated by their persistence and longsuffering, characteristics which I aspire for even when I feel it takes me a while to reach them.

When I turn to books for such heroes, the act becomes more than a mere escape from everyday life. It becomes a journey during which the characters become companions helping me grow alongside them. If I feel more passionately about this than others, the reason for this is that I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without books that helped me find my way in life.

In closing, I want to thank Lanie Mores for allowing me to open up about my books on her blog. To those who have read this blog post, thank you for your time and attention. You can learn more about me and my debut novel on my website: www.parkercwilson.co, and you can subscribe to my newsletter on the same site or follow my Instagram (@parkercwilsonauthor) to stay informed about my future projects and giveaways. If any of you have questions on writing or publishing, I’d love to hear from you and share what advice I have to offer.

Sincerely,

Parker C. Wilson, Award-Winning Author of Excalibur’s Pendragon

********

I hope you enjoyed this enlightening voyage into the mind and heart of Parker C. Wilson. I look forward to hearing more from this author, and expect great things in his literary future.

Wishing you all a wonderful end to the month of May, and don’t forget to keep reading!

💋 Lanie Mores