Fantasy writer Ty Johnston is touring the blogosphere this month, in part to promote his latest e-book novel, Demon Chains, but also because he loves blog touring. His other fantasy novels include City of Rogues, Bayne’s Climb and Ghosts of the Asylum, all of which are available for the Kindle, the Nook and online at Smashwords. To learn more about Ty and his writing, follow him at his blog tyjohnston.blogspot.com.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and for a lot of people this is a special time of year. Couples share gifts and love with one another, and even those who have yet to find that special someone often will celebrate the holiday with friends or with another who has potential to become that special someone.
As a fiction writer, I would like to think I know a thing or two about love. At the very least, I would hope I can convey such emotions in the written word. But since I write mostly epic fantasy in which swords and slaughter are usually on the menu, how can my writings relate to love?
Remember the old saying, “absence makes the heart grow fonder?” Well, misfortune and disaster can also make the heart grow fonder, at least under certain circumstances. What can bring people closer together than facing seemingly unbeatable odds together? Even the individual will often find a new love for his or her fellow men and women after surviving what appears to be insurmountable obstacles.
True, sometimes bitterness can fill the heart after one comes face to face with deadly circumstances. Some will become hateful, believing they have seen the worst there is and that the world is filled with nothing but horrors and those who must be detested. That way can lie madness.
Yet there is always hope. In a world of love, there can always be hope.
Despite the darkness that seeps around the edges of my stories, and sometimes drops right into the middle of them like a bomb going off, ultimately I write about the hopes of mankind, about the love we can all share with our intimates and with those we barely know.
To me, that is what epic fantasy is about. Hope. Yes, there will be losses, favored characters who ultimately fall to an enemy, but such only reinforces the love that can be found or rediscovered at the end of a tale.
Happy Valentine’s Day, from my sword to yours.
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