Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book II: The Saga of Thranduil is Done

On May 19, 2017, I finished the first book of The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy, Book II: The Saga of Thranduil. It was a 17 month journey to complete and will take as long to prepare it to do something. I am about to begin Book I: The Epic of Eryn Galen, which will be the greatest challenge of all the books (Book III: The Last Tale of Legolas Lasgalen will follow Legolas) as it takes place during the early part of Middle-Earth. The challenge is there to great me, but I wish to take it once again.

So far, the reviews have been good, but tonight I got the greatest one I've had because it was writing in Spanish.
"Congratulations on the book! I have followed it chapter by chapter and it's a beautiful story based on one of the less well-known characters from Tolkien. I am a historian, and let me tell you that your work is just great. I can't wait to read the other books. A huge hug from Quito, Ecuador."

I have had quite a few reviews by excited young readers, but this one took my breath away. I still have goosebumps.--J.

It will be available from May 20-27, 2017.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Above all else, it is about giving back to Tolkien

“People think what I do is something as a hobby or somehow that as others, I am wanting to write something based on fantasies that never could happen in Middle Earth over a mere infatuation of one character or the actor that portrayed him. 

They think I do not like the films if I correct something I know is not in the works of Tolkien—like I am unaware of the difference between adaptation and actualization. I know some things are better left to the imagination or impossible to capture.

What most do not know is that I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English with an Emphasis on Shakespearean and Chaucerian Literature. They do not know I have a Master’s Degree in History with a concentration on Early Christianity. They do not know I’ve lived and worked in Hollywood or that I’ve studied Theatre.

What they really do not know is how hard I worked to write “The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy”—seven days a week, sometimes 12 hours or longer—reading and studying the world Tolkien created to make my story feel it belongs there. 

It is hard work and though I have accomplished much in a year and a half, there is not one day that goes by when I am not testing myself and pushing myself to learn more. If I have learned anything thus far, it is that I have more to learn long after my work is done.

I do not wish to change anything in Tolkien; rather I wish to uplift his work and shine a light upon what is known and unknown for there are far more things we have left behind that should not be forgotten. I think of it as giving back to the genius that gave so much to the world.”—J.M. Miller, writer of The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy

Friday, January 6, 2017

May 2017 bring New Hope

“Close your eyes for gentle dreams,
Of warmer days and rolling streams. 
Yesterday is gone away,
Lost to night against the day.
Sleep away all the sorrow,
Awake to hope again tomorrow.”
--The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy: The Writings
by J.M. Miller

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