Introducing Billy Blacksmith: The Demonslayer

I am absolutely thrilled to finally tell you about Billy Blacksmith: The Demonslayer.

Billy has been bouncing around my brain for the better part of 4 years. By September 2013 he was a big enough feature in my daily life that I created the Facebook page that was just published this week. (Though I didn’t know it, I was waiting for the incredible talent of Nathan McConnell to cross my path.)

Some time in late 2012 I walked into my kitchen in Houston and a thought punched me in the face:
“I’m Billy Blacksmith. I’m fifteen. I like baseball, videogames and cupcakes. But not necessarily in that order. My best friend is a demon. But don’t worry, he’s one of the good ones. And I just found out that I have to save the world.”
Since then, at the rate of about one idea per hour, the Billy Blacksmith universe has been expanding.

“I’m Billy Blacksmith. I’m fifteen. I like baseball, videogames and cupcakes. But not necessarily in that order. My best friend is a demon. But don’t worry, he’s one of the good ones. And I just found out that I have to save the world.”

Billy faces the biggest, baddest, spider demon of them all.

Billy faces the biggest, baddest, spider demon of them all.

Billy is the second series I’ve written. I started the Kingdom City series when my steady diet of Aliens, Terminator, Doom (the video games) were still very fresh. I wrote Billy after I’d had a few kids and I’d read Harry Potter, Harry Dresden, reread Ender’s Game and seen Firefly. Looking around at the world ten years into the new millennium it occurred to me that we all could use a little more hope. Billy is a hopeful but down-to-earth fantasy. Despite some authors claiming that beheading Ned Stark is realistic, I don’t think that level of realism is necessary, or even entertaining. Living on this planet is hard enough as it is, I don’t need my fantasy depressing me too. With those things in mind, the Blacksmith universe took root and started to grow.

 

So after many, many hours of work (thank you for your angelic patience, Trish,) I’m letting my friend Billy out into the world to see how he does. As I’ve shared his journey he’s made me laugh and cry with him. I hope he can do the same for you. Billy is intended to be an eight part series. But the world is very big, both for Billy and for me, so we’ll see what happens.

Billy is available for preorder here. Grab a copy based solely on my word that it’s super cool. Or you can take the word of my editor.

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