With Long Live Death moving to final publication, I'm already thinking about my next project and once again I'm pondering writing an epic fantasy tale.
Why haven't I already done one?
It's a good question. I'm huge Tolkien fan, spent countless hours playing Dungeons and Dragons growing up, and of course I even did a take on Beowulf. It's not like I'm a stranger to the genre.
So what's the hold up? I've done sci-fi horror, space opera, vampires, military fiction and even a romance novel. Oh, and an entire book of fantasy miniatures rules! Where's the obvious tie-in to Conqueror: Fields of Victory?
The answer is that because I've spent so much time doing gaming and roleplaying, every time I get going on fantasy story, I get sidetracked (and then bogged down) on world building.
It's weird. I can write other genres without having to explain the setting in meticulous detail, but when it comes to fantasy, I have to be all Tolkien and discuss language evolution and the date of the ruins.
I've probably written more fantasy material than anything else by far. Almost all of it was background for DnD campaigns. In my more mature phase as a writer, I've got give manuscripts that could fit into the description, none of which got very far. They all come to a screeching halt over setting considerations.
Until I figure that out, fantasy remains closed to me.