This is an author’s insight into my first novel, The Wrong Way Down. The Wrong Way Down is a fantastically imaginative story, and it was not my first book, but the first to ever make it into print. (I did not self-publish. I may eventually do so with future books, but I have not self-published my first two novels.)
The Wrong Way Down is a fantasy story set in a dangerous world, and written with an edgy darkness, intended for a 16+ audience. The tale is about a fledgling priestess who makes decisions based on good intentions, but she reaps contradictory results. Mind you, this is a fantasy story, so holy power is vastly different in this imagined world than it is in our world. Priestess Popalia is a true faith healer, and as she grows as a character, so shall her divine gifts.
The antagonists in this first installment are a gang of thieves. Two members from this gang murder a priest in a remote pilgrimage temple where Popalia resides. They’ve stolen a relic of tremendous power, but one thief is caught as the other escapes. Popalia is ordered by the high priest to escort the captured thief to the nearest military garrison for inquisition, but along the way the thief escapes. Young Popalia, accompanied by an elven wilderness guide, decides to pursue the thief rather than accept their failure. This is where things begin to twist. This is the road to perdition—the wrong way down.
As the critics have noted, there are some editing issues in this first story. What the critics have not said is the worst of them are in the prologue. Once beyond the prologue, the story straightens out and the editing glitches are greatly decreased. I have asked my publisher to fix these issues since The Wrong Way Down was released; they continuously tell me it is too expensive to do an edit at this time and they’ll do a re-dub once my contract has expired. With my second in series, Crossing Mother’s Grave, I ensure the edits of my books are top-notch.
If you have come to this site based on recent reviews, the critics have all agreed that this is a fun book despite its shortcoming. The feedback I’ve received from readers thus far has been great.
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