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Shawn Wickersheim

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Shawn Wickersheim lives in historic Woodstock Illinois with his wife and children. He has published three fantasy novels, The Penitent Assassin, The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One) and The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two). Some have called these books 'dark fantasy', others have called them 'epic fantasy'...he'll leave you to decide how you want to label them while he gets back to writing the next book in the series, a stand-alone sequel to both The Penitent Assassin and The Rush of Betrayal books.

Ah yes, the third person content info that everyone wants to know. Really? I’d better be careful with all this otherwise my head will swell up and I won’t be able to get through my office door.

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Shawn Wickersheim The genre is easy. Fantasy.

As for a co-writer, I'd rather not just give you an easy answer. To me, the easy answer would be someone like George R. R.…more
The genre is easy. Fantasy.

As for a co-writer, I'd rather not just give you an easy answer. To me, the easy answer would be someone like George R. R. Martin or Mark Lawrence or Joe Abercrombie or if he were still alive David Gemmell. I enjoy reading their books and in general, I love their writing styles.

However, if I were to write a book with another author, I'd want to know we were co-writers in the truest sense of the word with equal say on the story, plot, characters etc. I'd like to know my co-writer enjoyed my books and writing style just as I would theirs. I'd also want to work with someone who's writing strengths complimented mine and vice versa. That's not to say the gentlemen I listed above couldn't be that author...but I believe if I co-authored a book with someone else, it would likely be with another indie author.

That said, if Martin, Lawrence or Abercrombie wanted to work with me...well, I'd be a fool to say 'no'.(less)
Shawn Wickersheim Thank you for your question, Brian…

While my books tend to have a darker tone, I do like to insert humor into them as well…even if at times it’s…more
Thank you for your question, Brian…

While my books tend to have a darker tone, I do like to insert humor into them as well…even if at times it’s gallows humor. As for me, I tend to be a little more light-hearted in person with a bit of a self-deprecating sense of humor. The comment was more of an example of my sense of humor, as opposed to the books…though I must say, a fictionalized me in Mallor’s world would likely do whatever Mallor told him to do. Mallor is not someone you should mess around with, as I’m sure you’ve come to realize the more you’ve gotten to know him.

As for carrying on full conversations with characters – no, not really – it’s more full conversations taking place between characters and I’m the fly on the wall…

Though, I will say, the voice of the magic does sound a bit like the voice that pops up from time to time while I’m writing, especially when I’m working on first drafts. Even now I can almost hear him say, “This is the best you can do? This answer is crap!”
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So. About blogging. I need to work on that a little bit, don’t you think?


That’s probably a bit of an understatement right there. Needless to say, it’s been a while since I’ve been here.


Is blogging even a thing anymore?


Well, I’m back, I think. As for writing…oh yeah, I’m back baby! Full steam ahead on the writing front! All engines GO!


Let me catch you up on what’s going on:


Plans for 2018.


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“Sometimes the righteous path doesn’t take you where you need to go!”
Shawn Wickersheim, The Penitent Assassin

“Mallor reached into a pocket and tossed a pair of hazel eyeballs onto the table. They bounced softly and wobbled to a bloody stop next to the butcher's knife. "Go untie the man in my room, and see to it that he gets those back.”
Shawn Wickersheim, The Penitent Assassin

“Don’t you just love children? If they’re not disappointing you, they’re dead.”
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“Has it ever occured to you, Master Ninefingers, that a sword is different from other weapons? Axes and maces and so forth are lethal enough, but they hang on the belt like dumb brutes. But a sword...a sword has a voice.
Sheathed it has little to say, to be sure, but you need only put your hand on the hilt and it begins to whisper in your enemy's ear. A gentle word. A word of caution. Do you hear it?
Now, compare it to the sword half drawn. It speaks louder, does it not? It hisses a dire threat. It makes a deadly promise. Do you hear it?
Now compare it to the sword full drawn. It shouts now, does it not? It screams defiance! It bellows a challenge! Do you hear it?”
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Truly, life is the misery we endure between disappointments.
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“Rules are for children. This is war, and in war the only crime is to lose.”
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message 14: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim I haven't been around here much this year, but I hope that trend does not continue.

If you have any questions about The Penitent Assassin, or either of the Rush of Betrayal books, please drop me a line. (Of course, it's been awhile since I've read them so I might need to refresh my memory with another read soon! LOL) And if you haven't read them yourself, why don't you give them a try? Yes, they can be dark in places, and gritty too, but I try to inject humor in there as well, and fill the pages with quirky and adventurous characters.

Have a great day and as always - Happy Reading!


message 13: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Nevey Berry wrote: "Thanks so much for adding me Shawn.
I am looking forward to read your books.

--Nevey..."


Thanks for being friends, Nevey.
I hope you enjoy reading my books.

Happy Reading.

--Shawn


Neveen Badr (Seraphina Reads) Thanks so much for adding me Shawn.
I am looking forward to read your books.

--Nevey...


message 11: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim A happy day here! The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two) has (finally!) been published!!! :) It should be showing up on Amazon.com later today!!

Okay, I think I've used up all my !!!! for the day.


message 10: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Happy 2nd Birthday, The Penitent Assassin. How time flies!

And just so you know, every day I get closer and closer to the new 'The End' for The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two).

Happy Reading!


message 9: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim I was very, very close to being done with The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two) and then I decided to rip into the ending one more time so I'm now putting it all back together again. I do have the cover art done and I'll post it over on my blog....soon.

I hope you're all having a wonderful and creative summer!

Happy Reading.


message 8: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim With the kids both out of school for the summer now, my crazy life schedule has become actually a little less crazy. Really. I am very, very close to being done with The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two). I'm pretty much just tweaking the ending now. I know I should go over to my blog and write about it there too, but honestly, I'm spending most of my free time just getting this book done. I hope you all are having a wonderful day.

Happy Reading.


message 7: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Despite a crazy life schedule, I'm finally making some serious headway on the final edits for The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two). I'm eager to finish this book and start work on my next book - a sequel to both The Penitent Assassin and The Rush of Betrayal books. Have a great day - and Happy Reading!


Carrie Thanks for the friend request!! :)


message 5: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Wishing The Penitent Assassin a 'Happy Birthday'. My 'baby' is one year old today. It's hard to believe it has been a whole year since I published it. Wow. I guess it's true what they say - time flies.


message 4: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Terry wrote: "Shawn! Hey, great to see what you look like, at last! xx"

LOL. Thanks. I figured it was about time to add a real photo. :) Hope you're having a great day!


message 3: by Terry

Terry Tyler Shawn! Hey, great to see what you look like, at last! xx


message 2: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim L.J. wrote: "Thanks for the add Shawn!"

Sorry about the delay....I just scrolled this far down on the page and saw this! So embarrasing! :) Hope you have a great day!


message 1: by L.J.

L.J. Kentowski Thanks for the add Shawn!


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