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New Author Interview

A new author interview with me was just posted. Head over and have a look!

https://allauthor.com/interview/donalddallan/

Donald D. Allan latest interview by AllAuthor Born in Ottawa, Canada, author Donald D. Allen always wanted to write for a living, fantasy always being his go-to genre. He joined the Naval Reserves in 1982 at 17, ignoring the advice of his teacher to become a writer. It was only after he retired from the military that he returned to writing. In his books, the main storyline drives his characters, but his characters always write themselves. Donald’s series explores the church, science, and magic. The names of his books, Duilleog means leaf, Craobh means branch, Stoc means stalk, and Freamhaigh means root. To him, it’s not fantasy unless magic is present and it’s not sci-fi unless the future of mankind is at stake, but he loves both genres. To the rest, he advises writing from your heart because you love to write and don’t worry about what people think. Read full interview…

 

 

Beta Reading

Freamhaigh First Draft Completed

I am pleased to report that my first draft of Freamhaigh, Volume Four of the New Druids series was completed on 1 April (and that’s not an April Fools prank). I’m sitting at 95K words and that’s perfect I think. I’ve started the Second Draft and finally managed to get the compiler of Scrivener 3 to produce something reasonably close to my old published formats. That’s quite the relief for me; Scrivener 3 is a beautiful program but the new compiler is simply not user-friendly. Now I know I can produce a novel I can publish.Other

I can confirm that Freamhaigh completes the Will Arbor main storyline. I find it quite amazing that the story I envisaged over four years ago is now completed. As I wrote it filled and swelled and now the work is done. Of course, I have created a large world and I have started a new storyline in the last novel and push it off in Freamhaigh. The New Druids is a series and I will keep writing them so long as I have something to write about.

I am pleased with Freamhaigh. The conclusion of the Will Arbor story worked out better than I hoped and I had one of those “wow” moments when all the little threads I had put in the novels came together. It started as a “what if” kind of idea, I had a confrontation in mind, and that grew to four novels. I hope everyone likes what I created. It may surprise some readers, but I if you’ve read my novels you probably should have seen it coming!

Other News: I have confirmed some excellent Beta Readers for Freamhaigh and sent them my other novels. Their enthusiasm warms my heart and I hope to get the Second Draft in their hands by end of April. Once I have their feedback and make corrections I can push to get to Final Draft. I plan to publish end-May 2018.

Website: Yeah, I know. It sucks right now. I’m working on it but my skills are not leet. It’s an upward climb. Please be patient.

Thanks for reading.

Ciao.

Freamhaigh Volume Four

Freamhaigh Cover

Freamhaigh Cover

I don’t think I have ever displayed the Freamhaigh cover, which is Volume 4 of the New Druids novels. That’s not right! So here it is for your review. I hope you like it.

Update on Freamhaigh

Freamhaigh is progressing nicely. I am a little behind of schedule, but the first draft should be completed before the end of March. Then comes the second draft, and then I can send it out to my beta readers. If you want to be a beta reader please contact me. More than happy to hear why you think you would be a good one.

Interesting New Direction

I may very well conclude the Will Arbor story arc with Freamhaigh. I have much more story to tell but it involves other critical characters. I’ll know soon once I start wrapping up the first draft. How can I simply change things? Truth is, I’m not. Freamhaigh will conclude the Will Arbor arc but not the New Druids series of novels. The next novel, Volume Five, will depart on a new storyline that is introduced in Freamhaigh. I’m excited about this. Hope you are too.

Website Changes

I am working on making changes to my website. I want a parallax site and I am trying to work with a rather expensive WordPress add-on called Thrive. It’s challenging. Please bear with me during the changes.

Website

Changing Web Host

After receiving an over 300% increase in my web hosting service renewal costs I have opted to abandon my current service and move to a Canadian based hosting service. I started this website while I was living in the USA. This is my first renewal and it makes sense to move the site to Canada.

Plus, I go from $250 USD for three years to $125 CAD for three years. A no brainer. I’ve never “moved” a domain before and hope this process is seamless and all my current website content remains intact.

I am hoping Web Hosting Canada provides better speeds than this current host. There was always a delay in processing the web pages. I apologise in advance if there are any hiccups.