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By timothy patterson

Forged in Ancient Fire

A Soon-to-Come Novel

In a world turned upside down, sixteen-year-old Jia Peach’s life takes an extraordinary twist when tragedy strikes. Left alone and burdened with debt after her mother’s sudden passing, she’s thrust into a journey that defies imagination. Brace yourself for a riveting coming-of-age tale that will leave you breathless.

When Jia thinks her fate is sealed, a mysterious figure emerges from the shadows—a wise and enigmatic elderly Korean woman. With an astonishing revelation and an offer that holds the promise of a lifetime, Jia is standing at a crossroads with destiny beckoning her forward. There’s no turning back now.

Suggested book cover for Forged in Ancient Fire

Embracing courage and curiosity, Jia embarks on an exhilarating adventure that transports her to the vibrant streets of Seoul, where her newfound family awaits. In this city pulsating with secrets, traditions, and untapped magic, Jia must summon all her strength as she unravels the truth about her heritage.

But this isn’t just a tale of self-discovery—it’s a tale of sorcery and wonder. Jia soon discovers that she possesses extraordinary powers, weaving spells that defy logic and altering the fabric of her reality. As she grapples with her newfound abilities, she must confront the challenges that come hand in hand with being a young sorceress.

Join Jia on an awe-inspiring journey through an enchanting world where she’ll face formidable foes, forge unbreakable bonds, and unveil her true potential. As she navigates the labyrinthine corridors of her transformation, she’ll learn invaluable lessons about love, loyalty, and the indomitable spirit of youth.

Prepare to be captivated by this spellbinding narrative, where age-old traditions meet contemporary struggles, and the veil between reality and magic becomes tantalizingly thin. Jia Peach’s extraordinary tale will ignite your imagination, tug at your heartstrings, and leave you yearning for more. Get ready to witness a sorceress’s rise and a young girl’s metamorphosis in a world of wonder and possibility.


Timothy Patterson

I always find it tricky to start these bios! Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From a young age, I immersed myself in books, and I still vividly recall a moment from my teenage years. I was engrossed in “Catcher in the Rye,” and my mom caught me reading. She jokingly asked if I was only reading the “good parts.” I proudly replied, “No, Mom, I started from the beginning!” She was okay with that.

Growing up, science fiction became my playground: Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Harlan Ellison, Poul Anderson, and Robert Heinlein filled my imagination. I dabbled in writing short stories and essays, and some even found their way into publications. However, as life went on, I had to focus on earning a living. While I continued to write for work—blogging, web articles, and more—my heart yearned to dive back into fiction and try my hand at crafting novels. I must mention that in my late 20s, I made a feeble attempt at writing a novel. Clueless about the process, I stopped after 250 pages, never to revisit it again—except for those occasional moments every few years when I stumbled upon it, read a couple of pages, and thought, “Hey, that’s not half bad.”

Fast forward to the present, where the internet has made learning and connecting so much easier. Four years ago, I ran out of excuses and started writing again. Armed with a captivating character and an intriguing scenario, I took the plunge, all while keeping an eye out for tips on crafting a cohesive and captivating novel. I’m not quite there yet, but I’ve made significant progress.

Now, with six-plus novels under my belt, totaling over three-quarters of a million words, I can confidently say that I’ve come a long way. Sure, I haven’t sold anything just yet, but the feedback accompanying the rejections I’ve received has become more encouraging. Who knows? I might just get there!

The journey hasn’t been without its fair share of dead ends and discarded scenes, but with each setback, I’ve grown more determined to succeed. I’m more confident than ever, and I believe that my breakthrough is on the horizon. So, here’s to embracing the challenges, learning from them, and continuing to pursue my passion for storytelling.

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You have a remarkable ability to evoke emotions and create vivid imagery through your writing. The way you described Jia’s memories of her mother and the significance of bananas in their lives was both touching and poignant. It truly captured the essence of their relationship and the impact her mother had on her.

Kourtney Schmiedeke