Many authors will say ‘I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember,’ a statement that may be met with some skepticism, but it is in fact true for many. The first story I wrote I was about nine or ten. It was an illustrated tale about a young princess in search of the King’s approval, who went out and killed the evil monster none of the knights could slay, drawn and colored on 3×5 cards. After reading the Lord of the Rings the fantasy bug bit, leaving an indelible brand on my view of the world, which was then complicated by my immediate love of Star War. So it’s no real surprise to me that I’m still writing after all these years, the way I want, without regard to genre.
I began writing The Guardians of the Word many, many years ago, stopping and starting while life moved on. It was always a dream to publish. After my fair share of typical agent rejection notices, and upon hearing about the major changes the publishing industry was facing with the advent of eReaders like Kindle, I thought – in the words of George Bernard Shaw – why not?
The adventure has been more than worth it and rewarding in a way that isn’t easily described. I’ve enjoyed every minute, but especially getting to know the incredibly helpful and wonderful people I’ve met because I took a leap of faith and dared to dream.
Jolea M. Harrison