Born to a miner and a crystal cutter who worked for one of the largest crystal mining companies in the realm, Dem dreamed of one day becoming a crystal cutter himself. The Xum crystals that were mined and cut here were among the most valued items in the realm having the ability to help masters gather the power colors and bend them to their will. Of course there were always some crystals that came out of the mines which could not focus the power colors. These were called dead crystals and were the bain of the miners. But Dem found them beautiful and found their touch calming. Strange as they thought it was, his parents would bring him some of the dead crystals for his collection from time to time. Eventually, Dem had a large collection of these crystals and with his dad to train him had learned to cut crystals by practicing on them. Nearing his graduation, Dem got an interview for a crystal cutter position at the plant and was holding his clear crystal running his fingers across it to feel the calming effect of its smooth polished surface. If only I knew how to make you whole once more. If I could take all that is stored in you into me, what would I learn? Dem felt his mind clear and a focus he had never felt before, even when cutting crystals settled over him…
About the Author
A dedicated reader and writer, I have always loved a good character. Heroic magicians, iconic warriors, and everyday people who overcome adversity are what I seek in both my reading and my writing. Some of my favorite books are Andre Norton's Witch World series, Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders, and Christopher Stasheff's Warlock series. I like to take characters that are believable and show how they overcome long odds to succeed, or simply adapt to their environment to accomplish happiness for themselves and others. For me, writing is just like reading, I may know how the story is going to eventually end, but the joy is in the journey that unfolds day by day.