I really think the fantasy genre has come a long way. The stigma it once carried that it was only for geeks is long gone. I think it was when the Peter Jackson directed RETURN OF THE KING cleaned up all the academy awards back in 2003 that fantasy was headed for great things.
I guess the desire to write started in fourth grade when I penned my first book. Ten pages of chicken scratch of a metallic hero called “Jet Thrust” and his sidekick “Fighter.” Together they lived in an alternate universe and often visited Earth to make sure some calamity did not befall humanity.
I have always had a deep respect for multi-faceted individuals who can relate to Sci-Fi/Fantasy, perhaps because I like to write stories for people like myself: who enjoy reading about strange worlds and alternate realities, featuring heros and anti-heroes, going against immeasurable odds.
Now with the massive success of Game of Thrones, fantasy has moved to the forefront of genre fiction. I see more great novels being written over the years. And I truly believe the best books have yet to be published. I subscribe to the philosophy that writers, not just us fantasy scribes, have an obligation to create something original for the masses, to push the limits of imagination and say you gave your best. And, if you’re lucky, end up inspiring people.
That is why I became a writer.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.