I am positively thrilled (which is an understatement) to announce my first fantasy novel, The Ballad of Titha Mae, is now available for purchase exclusively through Amazon, and has reached #1 New Release status in multiple Fantasy categories. Both paperback and eBook versions are yours for the picking, though if you pick up the paperback I’ve optioned to give you the eBook for free – so why not both?
This has been an enormous (and humbling) undertaking that has spanned the entirety of my life – and something I’ve enjoyed like nothing else. Titha’s story began as an epic poem back in 2013, one that kept evolving in my mind to the point that I knew I had to make this world into something more encompassing. Long story short, The Ballad is the culmination of growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains, a love of historical mythology, and my Celtic heritage. Above all, though, it is a love-letter to the bedtime stories I crafted for my three little sisters and two younger brothers.
My brothers and I having plenty of classical male heroes to choose from growing up, I always found myself making up stories about fantastical young ladies and their own adventures for my little sisters when they were just wee beans (and I mean wee). Things have changed a lot since then, but the Fantasy genre is still one absolutely dominated by male protagonists. ‘The Ballad’ is dedicated to (and based upon) my baby sisters “and the light they hold”, simply because I love them in an indescribable amount, but also in hopes of bringing more lionhearted young heroines to the forefront of fantasy literature. The result is an epic adventure featuring a brand new world ripe with its own rich mythology and eclectic characters, all born of fantastical races both new and old!
The Ballad of Titha Mae was crafted for ages eight to eighteen but is, I think, one for all ages. Regardless, she’s an overwhelmingly positive light in my life that I cannot wait to pass onto the world.
Thank you for taking the time to dive into this world, for being a friend to Titha Mae, and a supporter of homegrown literature.
So much love and gratitude,