About Me

Me as a young boy.

When I was young, I spent a lot of time in other worlds.

In particular, I got my fantasy from video games. Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII, Lunar: The Silver Star, and Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver all stick out as major early influences. Somehow–I’m not sure how–I coasted past my generation’s classic fantasy things; I didn’t read Lord of the Rings, I didn’t play Magic: The Gathering (I still don’t), and I didn’t play Dungeons & Dragons until I hit college.

And it was only in college that I started reading fantasy regularly, tempering my experience with the genre. Exposing the tropes I didn’t like, and eventually finding authors who wrote circles around those tropes: Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Garth Nix.

The end result: a weird amalgam of atypical influences that I always guide away from “chosen heroes” and “old wizards,” towards (what I always try to make) unique fantasy. Stories that I can’t get behind unless they genuinely make me feel something–or question something–about myself. Stories that have to feel real and engender empathy, despite how fantastic their worlds are.

How successful have these stories been so far? Well, as of 2021, I’ve had one short story published: “Aixa the Hexcaster” at Mirror Dance Fantasy. I know–that’s not a lot–but that’s what this site is all about.

I’ve written a bunch of other short stories and three novels so far, and this site is the place where I talk about my journey to get those things published. Full disclosure: not my first two novels; my first two novels were absolutely terrible. And maybe only a handful of those short stories are worth going back to and trying to get published. But my most recent WIP, Memory, is definitely worth it. I think I can make it work and then roll into bringing all of my other novel ideas to life.

I just need to figure out how to perfect my process. How to create better worlds, explorer tighter themes, and bring more complete characters to life.

All while trying to juggle typical life bullshit.

If you want to join me on this journey, I release new posts here every Sunday. Or you could give me a Follow via the button on the left side bar (on PC) or the top right drop down menu (on mobile).

Fair Warning: I don’t write for algorithms or trends, so I won’t be writing about whatever hot new game or TV show comes out (unless I play them/watch them when they come out, which happens very, very rarely). Also, what you’re getting here are purely my opinions and interests, so I’m going to write about video games sometimes, and maybe publish a post about how Batman definitely smells terrible all the time (he does–seriously, just try to imagine and realize there’s no way he doesn’t reek every second of every day).

Either way, if you’re here reading about me, thank you. Stay safe and stay hydrated.

Contact Info:

Email: l.santiago.author@gmail.com

Twitter: @LSantiagoAuthor

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