Susan Dexter's foray into writing Fantasy was a short story, to be called—and to be a shortstory—The Ring of Allaire. Written longhand in a notebook, typed on a portable typewriter—possibly not even an electric typewriter—her aim was to illustrate it and thus break into illustration. The Ring of Allaire appeared from Del Rey Books—cover by Larry Schwinger—in 1981, just in time for WFC that year. The rest of Tristan’s story in trilogy form followed: The Sword of Calandra, The Mountains of Channadran. The Wizard’s Shadow got named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list. The Warhorse of Esdragon series The Prince of Ill-Luck, The Wind Witch and The True Knight scored some stunning covers. But not with her covers.
Flash forward 30-plus years: The Ring of Allaire (Wizard’s Destiny, Book One) is available for Kindle, Nook and trade paperback through Createspace. Cover painting by Susan, the author. Cover design by Teddi Black. Now everyone can see what her characters really look like!
Moonlight, a 2001 POD book, has been reissued by Wildside Press under its original title, Moonshine. The 4th book of The Warhorse of Esdragon, The Wandering Duke, is available as an e-book and trade paperback, in print for the first time ever. From mid-list author to Indie Publisher—what an amazing journey! Lined notebook…IBM Selectric…PC…Laptop. Pencil…pPastels…Digital Camera.
No Art without Obsession. That’s how Susan started off, and she still believes it. Visit her website www.CalandraEsdragon.com, or follow her blog there: Take Up the Quest.