Lucas Bale

Award-Winning Speculative Fiction Author

The Heretic Limited Edition First Imprint Arrives!

I think it's a pretty special day in any author's life when that first box arrives inside of which lies his or her first introduction to their debut novel. I decided to print 30 copies of The Heretic, with a special Limited Edition cover, and sign and number all 30. Twenty would go to randomly selected fans on my mailing list, to say thanks for being with me from the beginning, and ten would go to the winners of a Goodreads competition. 1,974 people entered that competition which is pretty amazing – so, thank you to whomever entered and I still hope you want to read the book!

It's hard to put into words what it's like to see your own book for the first time. I admit to reading through, almost cover to cover, and enjoying the memories of when particular scenes came to me. It's galvanising to see The Heretic here, on my desk; being able to touch it (the CreateSpace matte cover is rather lovely) and imagine others reading it on trains, in cubbyholes, on window seats and sofas – enjoying what you've written and being excited by it as I once was with the authors I first discovered. I want everyone to enjoy it and be inspired by it, although I know there will always be people who won't like it – that's the joy of free choice and a theme which runs throughout the Beyond the Wall series.

No matter how much I love the iPad – its ease of use, its convenience and the fact it allows me to read on a whim and therefore so much more frequently (in addition to all the other fine features a tablet bestows), holding a book in my hands is something special. A rare, tactile moment I will always treasure. And, despite the crick in my hand it caused, I was delighted to sign thirty copies to give away! Each one is in a jiffy bag and on its way to the US, Canada, Belgium, here in the UK and even Australia!

I am pleasantly surprised how well rendered the artwork inside is. It's been refreshing for me to see the reviews speaking so highly of Soteria as a character and the final scene (no spoilers, don't worry) being as compelling and thrilling to read as it was for me to write. I would love to know what you think of Soteria's design – when did you check out the images? How close were they to your actual idea of what Soteria looked like?

Thank you all so much for reading and please, if you can take the time to write a review on Amazon and Goodreads, it makes a huge difference!


All words copyright Lucas Bale, 2015