Some days, I feel like I deserve a medal for getting out of bed, showering, and getting to my desk. Sounds familiar, right? The more I talk about it, the more people open up right back, and the experience is always the same. The answer is always, "Oh my gosh, I've felt that too." Life is really hard, and we don't seem to make it much easier on each other. As someone affected by anxiety and depression, I am always imagining a different life.
The Descendants of War series is a way for you to peak into my mind, that ‘different life’ I imagine… see the world I’ve created. Just like our world, it’s full of darkness and light, mental illness and also great determination, but it has a special way of pulling you in by winding into a tale of epic fates, beautiful landscapes, and powerful magic. The series will captivate you by answering questions you’ve had itching at the back of your mind while simultaneously making you sigh with relief that you’re not the only one that struggles, you’re not the only one who wishes for better and brighter.
My characters can turn on a dime, forgive the unforgivable, and face dire consequences for trivial actions. Their existence is volatile just like ours. This is what depression looks like. What anxiety does. Things don't always make sense, and everything is a battle.
Think of this series as a set of paintings. Each detail, each brushstroke is meant to invoke feelings, be discussed. It may not be the series for you, and that's ok too. Either way, thank you for taking the time to read a little bit more about the merging of epic fantasy and mental health.
"They [Fitzgerald and Coates] decided to take the leap, publishing "Harmonies of War" worldwide both as a hard copy and on Amazon Kindle. Fans have reacted positively..."
-Ariel Cheung, DNAinfo Chicago