The trilogy started with a dream. I recall writing just one sentence: “Beware: the Pha’rár are rising, the end of man is nigh.” But the dream was vivid: electrical storms, visions of islands set in stormy seas, and strange cloud formations. Over the years this story developed to include witches, warlocks and the seven Elderns.
The Pha’rár are a matriarchal society destined to seize control of our planet.
I also introduced a new character named Morag. A powerful woman who demands absolute obedience from all her subjects. Morag created Dai, Inyaña and Sa’ida and gave birth to four children, Juan Zuria (the white Lord of the Bay of Biscay); Brae and Pilar; and finally, C’zar. These are the seven Elderns.
She declared that “this world is a lonely place without companionship.”
In Pha’rár world, female witches are more powerful than male warlocks. Though witches can be male or female, I opted for term warlock.
When deciding on a new tale, I write up to three pages (no more) on the theme; decide on the location of the story and create the main characters. It is essential, at least for me, to know the lead characters better than I know myself. What makes them tick? How they respond when confronted by someone whose powers exceed his or her own? How do they cope when Death approaches?
The books in the first version of the trilogy, named the Eldryn Chronicles, were called Rising, Resurrection and Retribution.
Plans inevitably change. Shortly after finishing the first version of my books, which were ready for publication, my trusty computer died. After leaving our home so that I could be near to the hospital, I lost my memory stick containing the three books and all my research. Six years later, the first book has been published. But the storyline has changed beyond recognition.
My warlocks and witches do not use wands, nor do they prance around chanting spells. They are a formidable race whose sole purpose is to end humankind’s reign as dominant species.
Their powers come from within. While they resemble humans, they are more powerful, physically and mentally.
I experienced the dream in April 2004 but didn’t put pen to paper until October 2011. I binned the first version! The trilogy was finished in May 2015. Following a family tragedy, my trusty computer died, I lost the backup and all my notes.
My first book (version 3) was published on 8 May 2021; the second will be published shortly.