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J.D. Stanley

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JD Stanley is a Book Excellence Award winning historical and speculative fantasy author of Blood Runner and The Seer. A Bardic Druid and member of the OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids), JD honed voice and audio editing chops in the late 80s as a radio announcer and studio engineer before embracing a lifelong guy-behind-the-curtain freelance career as a commercial and content copywriter, editor, screenwriter and script doctor. Landed Entertainment director Junga Song once called JD “the greatest writer nobody’s ever heard of”.

The fictional worlds of Mary Stewart, Colleen McCullough, Tolkien, Heinlein and Cervantes bent JD’s world perception into a magical place of unlikely heroes, quests and the interconnectedness of past and future
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J.D. Stanley I can walk around with my invisible entourage chattering away at me without interruption all day long. I love that. Hell, half the time they're…moreI can walk around with my invisible entourage chattering away at me without interruption all day long. I love that. Hell, half the time they're smarter than I am, so I don't like to cut them off when they're on a roll talking out something that can only be to the benefit of my next story. And if anyone asks me who the hell I'm talking to? I just tell them I'm a writer and this magical thing happens. They give me that knowing nod and sympathetic looking-down-from-under-the-eyebrows face and chalk it up to my having one foot on the wrong side of sanity. All good!



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J.D. Stanley I'm working on the final clean-up of The Seer before putting it up for sale. Just a warning to anyone who read Blood Runner, this one's very different…moreI'm working on the final clean-up of The Seer before putting it up for sale. Just a warning to anyone who read Blood Runner, this one's very different from my first book with not a vampire in sight.

The Seer is a pure historical fantasy set in the fourth century AD in a fictional realm of Britain. It's essentially the story of a Druid, a man, who despite being a grown-up and is counted on to be wise by others is still discovering his purpose in the world. I think that's a common journey really and most of us have been there or still are.

This one is steeped in Irish mythological constructs, so if you're into that, you might enjoy The Seer more than you would have my first book. I get a big kick out of mythological archetypes and parables myself, so tend to draw on them for what I like to write to amuse myself. I also enjoy challenging myself to write in the style of the age or the setting, even when it's subtle, so this one is written in formal language with the undertone and rhythm of Shakespearean English. It's a fairly challenging read, though I did tear the whole thing apart several times to pull it back from being too far over the line. It's one of my personal favourite stories, so wanted to make sure I could share it with more people who would appreciate it without coming off like an intellectual snob, which I'm not. I really just enjoy playing with language.

Written as a fairy tale, there are castles and kings and a kingdom in trouble and knights and sword fighting and all that other good stuff. I’ve always loved stories along the lines of The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart or Tolkien's The Hobbit and hoped to create something to honour those influences. You might find the rhythm and flavour of The Seer of a similar persuasion.(less)
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Medieval weapons and those that evolved from them are more plentiful than you might be aware. When writing fantasy and historical fantasy stories, in our often fascination with swords, it’s easy to forget there are a plethora of other Medieval weapons to choose from. Creating a rich backdrop with this type of interesting detail adds a layer of believability and authenticity and can help bring a...

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“It was magic, the oldest magic of all when day became night, gods working in tandem, and I gave it the full benefit of my witness for the singular wonder it was.”
J.D. Stanley, Blood Runner

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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
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