I always wanted to be a writer. I always had these great ideas, (or at least so I thought) that would make fantastic stories. But this is all was a lot easier said than done. For one, where would I get the time? Between work and caring for my daughter, there was very little time to write a novel.
Then the summer of 2010 came, and I attended AnimeKon, a local pop culture convention. There I was treated to a whole array of talent being showcased, from artwork to costumes to animation projects. A lot of them were from people that I knew who somehow found the time during their busy schedules to create these wonderful works of art. That’s when I knew I had been wasting my time just dreaming of writing, that the time had long passed to start.
Then came the hard part, actually starting; I knew basically, from a high level perspective what my novel was going to be about, a group of teens on this grand adventure, but I had not yet determined the how or where.
Starting in February 2011 I wrote. Not starting the novel yet, I wrote notes about everything that was going to be in the novel. Who were the central characters, what kind of world they lived in, what kind of people/species lived there. What kind of technology they had. Sometimes simple things, like thinking up a character’s name or the description of a place would take hours, sometimes days. To me these notes were harder to write than the actual novel itself, because by the time I started the book, I already knew the layout of each chapter, and all that was left was to fill in the blanks. Over the next eight months I wrote and wrote, and by October, 2011 my novel was finally finished.
When it was all over, and I had all three hundred and twelve pages of story lying on my desk, then there was another problem. How would I sell it? I must admit, I was very tempted to go the traditional route of publishing. I even contacted some agents in hopes of securing a publishing deal. But in the end, I decided to self-publish, if for no other reason than I would like to succeed or fail on my own merit.
At the end of the day when I look back at this project, it is all me from end to end, and I would have it no other way.
O.S. Gill grew up on the Caribbean island of Barbados. He was educated at The Lodge School, a 300-year-old former British boarding school and the second oldest learning institution on the island. A certified information technology professional, he has worked for The Banks Holdings Limited, a local conglomerate that owns the local brewery (Banks Beer) and Coca-Cola manufacturing plant for fourteen years. A Systems Analyst, he has been positioned in various capacities, primarily dealing with sales and distribution, as well as the sourcing and implementation of new technologies to further business efficiency. He always had a passion for writing and published his first novel, THE KNIGHTS OF GALARIA: THE CRYSTALS OF POWER, in 2012.
You can visit his website at www.osgill.com.