Check out this spotlight for Fantasy author R. L. Myles!
You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his book!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio.
A native to New Orleans, Louisiana, at an early age, I developed a passion for storytelling. I expressed my love for the arts by drawing comics with friends throughout middle and high school years. I drafted many short stories that laid the foundation for a hopeful future in the movie industry.
Throughout my young adulthood, I spent many years moving to various homes and cities due to financial struggles. Despite working fulltime to help support my family, I kept a love for creating. At the age of seventeen, I was given the opportunity to go to school in Pittsburgh and study special effects. Once I completed my studies, I headed to Florida in 2001 to continue furthering my education.
Once I finished earning a bachelor’s degree, I continued to hone my writing skills while working to help support my ailing mother. The idea for Children of Adaban began shortly after the move to Florida. Over the years, I continued to work on the manuscript. Eventually, it took a backseat to life around 2012.
After realizing that I could not escape the stories and ideas that were dominating my day-to-day thoughts, I decided that I would do my best to complete the first book but was unhappy with what I had. I decided to dig deep, and if I could only write one book, it would be a work that mirrored my passions and feelings. I scraped everything and started fresh. Children of Adaban was reborn with hopes that no matter what you enjoy reading, you will find a kinship with the stories I breathe life into.
2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!
1. I went to school for digital and practical special effects for movie making.
2. I traveled around for 6 months on the road in a big rig with my parents when I was 17
3. I worked on Children of Adaban for over 10 years before I decided to publish the first book
4. When I write I must have music playing to keep my flow going.
5. I’ve always felt I was born ahead of my time.
3. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some “This or That”-questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Read multiple books OR one at a time? One at a time. I can’t focus on more then one book because I would probably never finish the current one I am reading.
Graphic novels OR comic books? They both have their benefits J
Zombies OR dragons? Dragons all day. Although it would be far easier to survive a zombie attack.
Witches OR vampires? While I must admit that I’ve romanticized the concept of what it would be like to be a vampire, I’d much rather have to abilities to summon fireballs and hurl them at my enemies.
Read in bed OR read on sofa? What I’d my sofa is my bed most of the time 😆
4. When you look for books to read, what trope, theme, or type of story will always catch your attention?
I would say that something that builds on the concept of an epic adventure. I like the idea of something that involves a journey into the unknown where there is discovery or an epic mystery to uncover.
5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be?
Imaginative, Channeled, Inviting
6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series!
If I am to be honest, I write from my heart. I would hope that no matter what genre readers enjoy the most, my works could appeal to everyone. It was always my goal to sort of be a multi genre author. When an idea comes to me, I’m not thinking if this should be fantasy or drama or romance. There are always elements of each type in every story, but I don’t tend to think about where my work would fit in. I just let it flow and whatever happens happen. Example; the second book in the Children of Adaban series, starts out with a story arc that would be described as Romance, however, the story of second character that comes to light, would be classified as Drama. I would hope that there is an element in my books that will appeal to any reader on a humanistic level and they find joy even if the content is slightly out of their typical reads.
7. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
Children of Adaban, Legacy Book One Awakened Edition. This is the first in an eight part series. Book one, written in segmented parts, chronicles the orgins of three of the seven main characters in the series. I love the idea of slowly introducing them separately so that the reader can come to identify with and embark on the journey along side each individual allowing you to be completely immersed and focused on the character at hand. Eventually they will all cross paths at some point as the series progress. I believe the readers will love getting to know the characters on an intimate level, allowing them to fully appreciate the uniqueness each one has to offer before the real adventure begins. I chose this approach because the story demanded this of me. Initially I wanted to have several flash backs, however, it just did not feel right. There is something for everyone. The characters each have epic triumps and fails along their journey that I am sure will resonate amongst my readers. We all share similar life experiences, albeit in different forms.
8. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!