The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG) and Me
I’ve always wanted to write science fiction and fantasy stories. Very early in my life my grandfather let me borrow his beautiful gold-embossed copy of The Hobbit. It was a book that would have a large impact on me. Not because it was beautiful, though it was, but because the story spoke to me in a way no other story had. I remember carefully paging through the gold-embossed pages, with the wonderful original illustrations drawn by Tolkien himself printed inside.
Though the beauty of the book left an impression, most of all I remember being enraptured by the story of a comfortable and cowardly hobbit that becomes a courageous adventurer and force for good. I remember the riddles, and the magic ring. I remember the interview with the dragon. There were some complexities in The Hobbit that I probably didn’t understand at the time, but as long as I am living, the memories of that book will hold a dear place in my heart.
As I grew older I began to branch out in my reading, but fantasy always pulled me back in somehow. I checked out Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain from my elementary school library, and read each volume in the series voraciously. Then in 4th grade, having moved to a new school, I went out onto the playground and made some new friends who were playing a peculiar game with books and paper and dice. Dungeons and Dragons.
Dungeons and Dragons was a game that allowed my creativity to run wild in a realm of fantasy like the books I loved. It was full of adventure and whimsy, of fair maidens and honorable knights. Of powerful wizards, some benevolent, and others evil. I loved playing, but I loved being the dungeon master (or storyteller) of the game even more. Adventure, friends, and fun were the true treasure of my time spent playing D&D, a game that I still play today.
I soon discovered that novels had been published by TSR, Inc., the same company that published Dungeons and Dragons. Reading these novels, to me, was like stepping into others’ D&D games — they made me feel like I had joined a family of D&D players that was bigger than my own small game. And, in a way, I had. New York Times Bestselling Author Ed Greenwood, the creator of The Forgotten Realms setting for the Dungeons and Dragons game, was one of several authors that published D&D fantasy novels I loved, and I’ve continued to read Ed’s work off and on throughout the years.
And now it seems that things have come full circle. I am proud to announce today that I have joined The Ed Greenwood Group, and am an official member of Ed Greenwood’s Sessorium of Creatives. What exactly does that mean? It means I will be working with Mr. Greenwood and his associates in his new publishing group. This will include publishing work with TEGG as an author, as well as other creative work. I am both excited and grateful to have a role in this wonderful endeavor. I cannot yet reveal the extent of my work for The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG), but rest assured that all will be revealed soon.
In the meantime, I am working on several projects and eagerly awaiting October 19, 2015, when Ed will be revealing his plans to the public. The work I am doing will be revealed soon as well. I can’t wait to share it with you!