It’s time to feature another independent author on Rock Paper Spirit and today we welcome Chris Mentzer. Chris hails from Mesa, Arizona and is the author of Nexus of the Worlds, the first in the Askinar Towers books.
Chris has been interested in writing ever since 1982 when he was given an English assignment in the 9th grade. He had to write a paragraph using a lot of detail. Although he wasn’t sure if he completely understood the assignment but he wrote a scene in a bank where a guy was coming out of the bathroom and witnessed a robbery in progress. The detail portion came in when the witness described the robber to the police. From that moment Chris decided he wanted to be a writer. Between 1982 and 2005, he made several attempts to write a story. Like many a writer in his home country, it was his goal to write “The Great American Novel.” Sadly, the majority of his work lay incomplete in a personal slush pile in a filing cabinet.
Having read the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis and all fantasy books by David Eddings, he took a stab at writing Fantasy with minimal success and even tried his hand at Science Fiction with a couple of buddies while in college. The bottom line was he lacked discipline and the desire to stick with any one project. But that was all to change in 2005. In November of that year, Chris entered his first writing challenge held by the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) website – more about that challenge in future posts here on Rock Paper Spirit. Although the goal was 50,000 words, he obtained his personal goal of 25K, which went on to be the foundation of book 1 of The Askinar Towers Trilogy. He later wrote foundations for books 2 and 3 in ’07 and ’09 respectively. His inspiration for the towers books came from John DeChancie’s Castle Perilous series and Doctor Who’s Paradise Towers.
Chris still lives in Mesa, AZ and is currently employed in the retail industry. In his spare time, when not writing or stalking the social media streams, Chris watches TV and/or sleeps.
You can read the blurb to the first in his Askinar Towers series here:
Sara’s tenth birthday was concluded by a visit from the family friend known only as The Professor. He gives Sara a special key that starts her on a great adventure! Along with her sister, Erika, she gains access to a world dominated by four towers.
Their goal is to find a way back home and that means finding the Fifth Tower, which is considered a legend. Along the way they join up with a detective from 1935 New York, a female secret agent from 1969 Washington D.C., and a King’s Champion. Together they encounter obstacles that delay their travels.
But someone else is ever present watching the progress of the girls and their friends. A black robed figure trails behind with an agenda of some sort. Does it want the key or the girls?
The series is available on Amazon right now and you can read it by clicking the links below. You can also check out his Books2Read page here.