Salt Lake City, UT, November 16, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Never underestimate a determined mom who writes during her baby’s naps. This illustrious practice has given us a number of high-profile works of fiction, the most recent of which is Stonebearer’s Betrayal, the compelling debut novel of League of Utah Writers Chapter Head Jodi L. Milner.
Ms. Milner said of her novel’s beginnings, “The first ideas for Stonebearer’s Betrayal took shape in the sleep-deprived weeks and months following my daughter’s birth. The stress of it, paired with exhaustion, paired with also having a toddler to care for, pushed me past the breaking point. I had to escape. Some women shop. I create worlds using words. Every nap time I typed away at dark ideas wanting to be explored. Every late night feeding I allowed myself to imagine different story twists and possibilities. It kept me sane and gave me much-needed release. Years later, and a lot of learning about the craft of writing, Stonebearer’s Betrayal is ready to enter the world.”
It’s not always easy to just write a novel with the ease that one would pick out a new pair of shoes. As Ms. Milner went on to describe her process, “Everyone wants to hear some fantastic story about how their favorite books came to be. It would be easy to claim that a dream angel gifted me with such an idea that I stayed up for the next three nights feverishly writing down every beautiful word until my fingers bled. The fact is, Stonebearer’s Betrayal came into the world much like an unruly apple tree. A single idea burrowed into the soil of my imagination and poked at my waking thoughts from time to time. When the time was right, I watered it with my attention until it started to grow, and grow, and grow. It was an ugly thing, overgrown, shapeless, and filled with weeds. Pruning away each unneeded character and subplot hurt but allowed the healthy branches to grow strong and bear fruit. I’m so excited to share that fruit with the world!”
Ms. Milner studied Kenpo American Style Karate for several years and its influences come through in the ideologies of several of her characters. Should they be forced to defend themselves, their principles, or their honor, they do so with integrity. It also gave her an inside edge to write engaging and realistic fight scenes.
Archdemoness Wrothe stirs the ashes from a long dead war, rekindling a fire that threatens to burn the world. Only the legendary Stonebearers of the Khandashii have the power to stop her, if they catch wind of her plans in time. Katira didn't believe the legends. She didn't believe a person could alter the fabric of reality or live forever. She didn't believe in the dark mirror realm or in the dangerous creatures prowling there either.
That was before the first shadow hound came for her.
Growing up, Jodi L. Milner wanted to be a superhero and a doctor. When she discovered she couldn’t fly, she did what any reasonable introvert would do and escaped into the wonderful hero-filled world of fiction and the occasional medical journal. She’s lived there ever since.
These days, when she’s not folding the children or feeding the laundry, she creates her own noble heroes on the page. Her speculative short stories explore the fabric of dreams and have appeared in anthologies and magazines, while her novels weave magic into what it means to be human. She still dreams of flying.
Stonebearer’s Betrayal is available as an ebook and in paperback via Amazon.com.
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