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Thursday, April 1, 2010


A KNIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS by Victor Vasnetsov has long been a favorite painting of mine.

It speaks to me now. This morning I queried an agent for my Urban Fantasy, FRENCH QUARTER NOCTURNE.
Thirty minutes, yes that's right, thirty minutes later, she said she would have to pass as she has recently SOLD an Urban Fantasy SERIES set in post Katrina New Orleans.

A colorful metaphor came to mind and a dense fogbank of depression rolled across my chest.
Someone else was going to publish a New Orleans Urban Fantasy set after Katrina before me -- if ever I would be picked by an agent and then a publisher.
But I told myself that four agents had asked me to send them my novel : two asked for partials and two for complete manuscripts. That said something positive, didn't it?

I sat in front of my computer brooding when Vasnetsov's painting appeared in my mind's eye.
I was at the crossroads. Did I choose the path of my fears? Or did I choose the path of my beliefs?
Following my fears would lead me nowhere I wanted to go. Choosing to believe in myself had seen me out of a burning home, dragging my 80 pound unconscious Elk hound across a blazing floor, my own face and hands badly burned.
In fact, believing in myself had led me through so many dark valleys, I couldn't picture them all.

This unknown writer might have lived through Katrina on the streets of New Orleans as I had. But he/she didn't have my voice, my perceptions, and my take on human nature.
It takes more than details to paint a moving picture of a locale. I saw the ragged edge of New Orleans during Katrina through my own filter of meaning and worldview.
Then the soft voice of my protagonist, Samuel McCord, seemed to whisper a reminder that the man who cleared leather first in a gunfight wasn't always the one to hit his target and live.

Besides, the adventures of my undead Texas Ranger, cursed with the blood of Death in his veins, aren't limited to just New Orleans of 2005. I have finished two earlier novels already --
You can buy them on Amazon and read them on your computer or your Kindle. I have many more in various stages of completion:

My Kindle historical fantasy details the haunted voyage of the DEMETER in 1853 from New Orleans, its destination Paris, a city it never reaches.
A fantasy TITANIC, it details how McCord's blood mingles with the blood of the angel of death and his first meeting with the great love of his life, the immortal Meilori Shinseen, and with DayStar, the being fated to be his life-long enemy.

the sequel to RITES where the DEMETER finds itself becalmed in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, where every door to the ship leads to a different time, a different place. And McCord must learn how to tap into the power of his altered blood to bend the fabric of time to save those he can. This dark historical fantasy you can also buy from Amazon.

describes the prison breakout of Oscar Wilde from Reading Goal and the literal Hell which ensues.
Of course it is McCord who does the deed, aided by his life-long friend Samuel Langhorn Clemens {Mark Twain}, the two having met Wilde during his American tour of the West in 1882.
And the adventures that follow Wilde's rescue give birth to Twain's famous saying : "No good deed goes unpunished." I have completed the synopsis and first three chapters of this fantasy.

set in 1929 Venice, it details the adventures of a reluctant McCord, Father Renfield, and Meilori attempting to derail a plot by Heinrich Himmler to switch souls with the Fuhrer based on a strange verse handwritten by Wagner himself on the composer's original notes for THE FLYING DUTCHMAN. I have completed the synopsis and first chapter of this fantasy.

I have completed this Urban Fantasy, detailing McCord's struggle with politicians, revenant empires, and his lifelong enemy, DayStar, closing in for a final revenge on the days following Hurricane Katrina.

NOCTURNE's sequel that details the encroaching war between the American and European revenant empires
as McCord deals with a New Orleans struggling to survive the aftermath of Katrina and DayStar setting into motion his grand scheme to destroy the species of Man.
McCord must rescue the Angel of Death herself from the clutches of his lifelong enemy, DayStar, in the realm some call Hell. This urban fantasy is already completed.

is a Young Adult fantasy told through the eyes of ten year old abandoned Viktor Standish as he is befriended by McCord and the Ranger's undead circle of friends in the days prior to Hurricane Katrina.
Picture it as AUNTIE MAME meets HARRY DRESDEN meets JANE EYRE. This YA urban fantasy is also completed.
The adventures of Victor Standish and his Victorian "ghoul friend" continues as Victor battles evolved raptors, Empress Theodora, the ghost of President John Adams, and the revenge of the Old Ones for his killing of one of their hybrid children. I am half-finished with this YA urban fantasy.
So, all in all, the scope of Captain Samuel McCord's adventures
spans over two hundred years, criss-crosses the major continents, and delves into the arcane reality of most of the world's diverse mythologies.
So I am going to follow the path of belief in myself. I truly feel that whatever publisher decides to pick up my series will more than get their money's worth.

And speaking of Cowboys clashing with genres :


  1. Hi, Roland,

    Thanks for following my blog, Fabianspace. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

    It is VERY encouraging that you've had agents ask for partials. This is a tough business, so that's a good sign. Do keep submitting--just because your story isn't right for one agent or publisher doesn't mean it's not right for another. In this biz' perseverance pays, and those who follow the road of their fears lose their way--and the goal.

    Karina Fabian

  2. I love the sound of all your fantasies! In fact, my first thought was that these would make lively reads for teenagers! I teach Year 10 boys, (15 year olds) and it is still very difficult finding some good wider reading options for their age group! Your books would suit wonderfully! Keep writing! And adore your Oscar Wilde YouTube clip! His writing still reosunds in the 21st century!

  3. Hi, I found you through Christi's blog over at the blogfest. I've read through your first page and then next post. You have what it takes to make it I can tell you. Your writing is wonderful, clear, surprising, twisty. I'm sure of those 4 agents who have partials and fulls you will get responses for representation. Good job.

  4. Hey,

    Thanks for commented back on my blog. You are right, the teen books that I have read have no mention of God in them. I think they are lacking in many aspects, because they have no morals either (in my opinion), nothing really educational (I like to know interesting things along the way), and the story lines are just the same (with a girl falling in love with a mysterious guy, or something similar).

    Haha, you're newest entry was definitely shorter, but I can see why your posts get so long, I have the same problem.

    It's great that you have so many stories in mind. And they all seem very different and interesting. I hope your stories do get published; they sound unlike any story I've read before, and I would definitely give them a try.

    I'm surprised you even have names to go along with them. For the only story I'm working on, I can't decide on a name. I have some possible names written down, but I don't think I like any in particular.