Guest Post: From Poetry to a Novel by Elji and the Galrass Author @authorcol @LoveBooksGroup

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Elji, a boy from a village outside the city of Mehem discovers a "Galrass" a tool usually wielded only by those who understand its power. Perhaps it was left for him to find or perhaps it was just a random happening?

The Galrass embroils him in a struggle he never expected to be part of or even imagined existed. Dregar, a being from a different planet and galaxy ‘feels’ the boys interruption of the universal essence and takes him under his wing and so his journey begins.

Friendships are made and lost and many lives must be put in danger to usher the civilization into its rightful place among the Universal essence. Will Elji fulfill his potential and help save his world or will it fall into darkness?

Guest Post: From Poetry to a Novel

Some twenty four years ago there was an episode in my life that pushed me to find an outlet for the anxiety and worry that was happening at the time. I needed an outlet for my feelings, and I turned to poetry. I wrote a poem to expose my feelings about the birth of my son who, was born very premature and weighed only 1 lb 6ozs. It resonated with people who knew me and knew the situation. That led me, for many years, to write poetry for my friends and family to try and help them through traumatic situations. It was a cathartic experience.

As time passed my poetry became more introspective and I began to use it as a vehicle to voice some of my beliefs and understanding of what I wanted. I wrote a piece that, when I came back to it many years later, became the foundation of the Prologue for Elji and the Galrass.

As people read Elji and I began to get some feedback in the early days of beta readers, many of them said that the writing in the book held a “poetic quality” to it. I am yet to understand quite what people mean by that, but I am just going to accept that it probably is a good thing and that people must have liked it to mention it.
There were parts of the story, where people came together, that I felt I wanted to try and insert a poem, but it just didn’t feel right. That way of expressing things as you do in a poem though, probably does come across in parts of the book and I think it lends something to the quality of the story.

Writing poetry is certainly very different to writing a novel though, some of the skills, I feel, certainly helped me when writing Elji and the Galrass. In itself, much like the book, the journey has been a very interesting one and I hope to be able to keep a foot in both camps as the saga progresses.


About the Author

Colin lives just outside the city of York in the beautiful Yorkshire country side. He has been married for 32 years and has two children and grandchildren. He has been acting and singing on stage since he was a teenager and still today performs at the large theatres in the region both acting and singing in lead roles.
He is a gym enthusiast and has competed in natural bodybuilding competitions and also engages in many sports such as Badminton, Squash and Bouldering. He has two dogs which keep him busy walking through the countryside.
Before settling in Yorkshire he was brought up between the Middle East, where his parents worked in the Oil Industry and spending the rest of the time in the UK at boarding school. This is where his love for words came from and he has written poetry for many years.
He now has the time to pursue his passion of writing and has written his first book in a fantasy series that he says has been in his head for longer than he cares to remember.

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