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LIAM ULLAND-JOY, 16

In my life so far I have worked on a wide variety of projects.

However, none of them were as important as the creation of my first novel, Forsaken City. This is a multi-year project that began before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and is now coming to an exciting conclusion!

Storytelling is one of my oldest passions. The methods I use to tell these stories have changed significantly over the years, but the underlying hobby has remained constant. I started playing card games of my own design with friends at summer camp. In elementary and middle school, I played Dungeons and Dragons religiously, usually as a dungeon master creating and guiding the narrative of an adventure.

Later, in eighth grade, I had an amazing opportunity to challenge myself in the area of ​​writing. My English teacher, Ms. Diedrich, told me about a contest called the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This is an initiative created to encourage young writers and offers a variety of interesting categories ranging from poetry to novel writing. This last category is the one that interested me the most, so I spent several months writing a science fiction story before proudly rendering it. This story went on to win a national silver medal, which encouraged me to seriously consider a career in creative writing. .

In the summer of 2020, I began work on Forsaken City, my first foray into the daunting sci-fi genre. The process has been long and difficult at times 一 with my work slowed down by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic 一 but I finally completed it at the end of 2021.

Forsaken City is the first installment in the Iron Spiers trilogy and sets the tone and tone for future books. The book focuses on a young soldier named Atoll, who is sent to “abandoned town” iron arrows. This notorious place has been ravaged by war and is riddled with untold danger. Atoll, along with his team, must fight for survival and unity in the crucible of Iron Spiers, where deadly challenges lurk around every corner.

The book is a short story, a relatively small opening chapter in the larger story of the Iron Spiers trilogy. It throws you right into the action alongside Atoll and his companions and triggers a chain of events that will drastically change each of them.

Forsaken City is published by Fox Pointe Publishing and the official release date is July 20, 2022. You can pre-order a signed copy at https://author-liam-ulland-joy.square.site. Both softcover and hardcover copies are available!

If you want updates on the Iron Spiers trilogy, you can also follow me on Facebook at “Author Liam Ulland-Joy” or on Instagram at “authorliamullandjoy.” If you have any questions, you can email me at [email protected] I greatly appreciate the support I’ve received so far and can’t wait to get the books into people’s hands!

Having the opportunity to tell a story to a wider audience, especially at such a young age, is an exciting prospect. I hope to continue writing the Iron Spiers trilogy over the summer and finish the next book as soon as possible!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Liam Ulland-Joy, 17, is a youth writer for 8-18 Media.



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