My nights were Merlin. My days were Simon.
Meetings at work were doodles — what did the characters look like? What made Excalibur special?
Plot twists popped out of a martini. Oh yeah, one crucial theme sparked from a spicy chicken wing during Date Night in SoHo.
About 1000 pages were written right after Jack was born. I read the first draft in the middle of a forest and decided it was inspiring and horrible. Robin talked me off that cliff.
I hope you enjoy Simon’s butting heads with Merlin. I hope Maille Rose (pronounced Molly Rose) becomes a favorite of yours too. Oh, and I hope the ending leaves you wanting more. Because I want to write much more.
The Camelot Kids has been a part of my life for almost nine years. It was mine. Now it’s yours.
We’re going to do something different here. I’d like to show off Ian Greenlee’s art in a unique way.
Piece by piece.
Ian’s work is spectacularly detailed. He works on a canvas the size of a house and loves to dive into minutia like no one else I know. To show this talent off I’m going to reveal his latest piece. It captures the moment that Simon Sharp walks into the fantastic town for the first time. I think Ian does a brilliant job of making us feel the awe that Simon felt. When you see the full piece all together, you’ll see what I mean.
I’ll update this post once per day until the softcover launch on December 12th, so bookmark it and come back to see the full illustration slowly come to life!
Enough talking! Take a look at this first tiny slice of a masterpiece!
Slice #1: Girls in the Market
Slice #2: Getting Ready for the Fair
Slice #3: Watch Your Head!
Slice #4: Girl, Meet Monkey
Slice #5: Young Lovers in New Camelot
Slice #6: Shopping for an Elbow
Any of these illustrations have enough detail to satisfy most artists. Not Ian.
THIS is how big the above images are in comparison to the full piece!
And HERE is the full piece!
I’m delighted with The Camelot Kids. I’m even more delighted with the response to it so far. It’s consistently on a number of genre bestseller lists on Amazon, including the Arthurian category! The reviews have been glowing, which generate enough heat in my bones to keep me warm in a New England Fall.
But I always feel like I should be working harder to get the word out. So when opportunities to shine emerge, I’m game!
The 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards are a free and easy way to earn some recognition for my new Fantasy series.
If you’ve enjoyed The Camelot Kids so far I’d appreciate it (endlessly) if you’d head to Goodreads and write in The Camelot Kids: Part One. If I can get a few dozen votes for Part One I think we can get the word out to more Fantasy fans.
Thanks for ANY help you provide. I appreciate every kind email, honest review and sale.
Oh, and get ready for The Camelot Kids: Part Four! Armor up!
If you’ve read The Camelot Kids: Part One you’ll remember the fight between the gargoyle and the troll. Simon will certainly remember it for the rest of his life! Ian Greenlee did a fantastic job of drawing that scene for the book, but I wanted to get another point of view from an artist with a different style.
I met Harshad Marathe at my parent’s place in New York. They introduced him as an artist. He was helping them settle into their new apartment and we got to talking about Camelot, myth and art. I was so impressed with the beautiful way he sees the world that I assumed his artwork was as expressive.
Harshad Marathe is a fantastic talent who drew this scene from The Camelot Kids.
I love Harshad’s whimsical style. It captures the child-like wonder that Simon must be feeling as he watches two monsters fight!