Today, I have the pleasure of featuring Bil and Bon Franks on my blog.
Bil Franks: I am a retired United States Air Force NCO, whose background is in small arms. My hobbies are martial arts and reading-mostly fantasy. Bon Franks: I was born and raised in Nevada and attended the University of Southern California, where I majored in English and Comparative Lit. I’m interested in herbology/plants/gardening, aside from writing romance novels.
We live in Central Texas with four cats and two Mac computers.
The authors have an interesting story to tell you about their recently published series.
Odyssey of a Saga: My Husband is a Genius . . . or Just Plain Lucky
“The Twilight of Magic” is a saga written for ‘tween through late teen, and beyond to adults too. Based on real history of the fifth century AD, it is a series of four novels that recount the adventures of a young girl in Britannia and Ireland, and from there to a world called Faerie. As a matter of fact, these four books later on stretch into a trilogy called “The Dawn of Ireland,” plus three more, all aimed at audiences 18 and over.
So how did ten books come from the chance remark of my husband, Bil Franks?
Let me begin by saying that Bil is a voracious reader of fantasy of all kinds. One day three years ago, he looked up from some fantasy-or-other and wondered aloud to me about something that would change our lives.
“Why did Arthur survive these last thousand years in a thousand different books? And why does every school kid know the exploits of Robin Hood? But there are no similar fantasies, tales and movies about a man whose exploits were far greater than theirs—St. Patrick.”
Bil’s insight spurred both of us to sit down and begin to research and write. We started with a spoiled, self-indulgent young girl named Caylith who gets swept into danger in her own world and escapes to perhaps a greater danger—the perils of a parallel world called Faerie. Along the way she meets Patrick, then a humble priest in a small-town church, who befriends her.
When Caylith much later returns to bring the denizens of Faerie and Britannia to safety in Ireland, she rejoins Patrick, who of course has already gone to Ireland and who has immersed himself in the politics of the day and who has begun to change the history of that country forever. Besides being fanciful, the adventures are as real as history can tell us, from the Hill of Armagh to the Hill of Tara, with handsome clansmen, treacherous druids and many more compelling characters.
Bil and I wrote the first four books together, the ones whose covers you see arrayed below. The first two have been published by MuseItUp, and you’ll also see the buy links. We hope you will take the time to read the sagas, beginning with RUNNING OVER RAINBOWS, suitable for ‘tween to twilight years.