My most important inspiration was a desire to create a modern fantasy story that used American history and literature for its background mythos.
Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2014
Tom Doyle announced that he will see his first novel, "American Craftsmen," published with Tor on the 6th of May, 2014.
Doyle was a 2012 winner, published in the annual anthology L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXVIII with his short story, While Ireland Holds These Graves.
"Tor has made an excellent choice with Doyle who is a brilliant writer," said contest coordinating judge and New York Times bestselling author David Farland. "His story for Writers of the Future was brilliant. We were very confident that he would have a successful career. Apparently Tor agrees."
Within a year after being published in the Writers of the Future volume, Doyle had his contract with Tor.
When recently interviewed about the story, Doyle said, "My most important inspiration was a desire to create a modern fantasy story that used American history and literature for its background mythos." He has done exactly that.
"American Craftsman" takes place in modern America, where two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil -- if they don't kill each other first. US Army Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier -- a "craftsman." After a black-ops mision gone wrong, Dale is cursed by a Persian sorcerer and haunted by his good and evil ancestors. Major Michael Endicott, a Puritan craftsman, finds gruesome evidence that the evil Mortons, formerly lead by the twins Roderick and Madeline, have returned, and that Dale might be one of them.
Doyle's kudos for the book come from an impressive group of writers including New York Times bestselling authors and Writers of the Future contest judges Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
"American Craftsmen is a good adventure story; the characters held my attention and I liked the way real history merged with fantasy." - Larry Niven, author of the Ringworld series.
“Tom Doyle has taken every Sci-Fi Channel and Coast to Coast radio show concept and incorporated them into a very entertaining novel. At first I was startled to encounter so many themes, then I was drawn to admire the skills he used to weave them together, and then I just sat back and enjoyed the show. I also learned the truth about how Stonewall Jackson was killed. Great fun." - Jerry Pournelle, author of the Janissaries series.
The Writers of the Future contests was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 shortly after returning to the field of science fiction with his bestseller "Battlefield Earth".
For more information on the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.