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|Member Since||December 17, 2020|
|Pen Name||P.L. Stuart|
|Branch Affiliation||Member at Large (no branch affiliation)|
|Bio||I'm a Canadian high fantasy author of Barbadian and Ghanaian descent. I reside in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, with my lovely wife Debbie. I’m an experienced writer, in that I’ve been writing stories all my life, yet never thought to publish them. I’ve written informally - short stories - to entertain friends and family, for community newspapers, volunteer organization magazines, and of course formal papers for University. Now, later in life, I’ve published what I believe is a great fantasy novel, and definitely worth reading, called A Drowned Kingdom. My target audience is those who enjoy “high fantasy”. A Drowned Kingdom is not “dark fantasy”. It’s written in a more idealized and grandiose style that I hope isn’t too preachy, and not too grim. Still, I’m hoping my book has appeal to those who don’t typically read this type of work - those who don’t read fantasy of any kind - because of the “every-person” themes permeating the novel: dysfunctional familial relationships, extramarital temptation, racism, misogyny, catastrophic loss, religion, crisis of faith, elitism, self-confidence, PTSD, and more. Many of these themes I have either personal experience with, or have friends or family who have dealt with such issues. I’ve had a long professional law enforcement career, undergone traumatic events, yet been buoyed by family, faith, and positivity. I’m a racialized middle-aged man. I’ve seen a lot of life. Ultimately I want the planned series, of which A Drowned Kingdom will be the introduction, to be one of hope, and overcoming obstacles to succeed, which I believe is my story as well. My protagonist, Othrun, will undergo a journey where he’ll evolve, change, and shape a continent. He’s not always likeable. He’s a snob, bigot, is vain, yet struggles with confidence. He’s patriarchal. Overall, he’s flawed. But even ordinary flawed people can change. We’re all redeemable. Ordinary people can make a difference, not just fictional Princes. I want that message to shine through my work.|
|Publications||"A Drowned Kingdom" - Book One in The Drowned Kingdom Saga "The Last of the Atalanteans" - Book Two in The Drowned Kingdom Saga|
|Genres||Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction|
|Available For||Readings, Presentations, Workshops, Book Club Meetings, Speaking Engagements|