Superstar Writing Seminar- How the unitato came to be

Superstar Writing Seminar- How the unitato came to be

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may have heard me mention the unitato. Child of the Wilde, now up for pre-order, expands on the story of unitato. The following is the preface to the book.

I normally don’t do prefaces to my books, but this one has a bit of an interesting story, so I figured ‘Why not?’.

A friend and writing mentor of mine, Kevin J. Anderson, has a speech he often gives. A part of it goes like this: “If you’re going to write a story, write the best story you can, even if it’s something completely ridiculous like a purple unicorn story. Write the best purple unicorn story you can. If you can’t stand the idea of writing a good purple unicorn story, don’t agree to be in the purple unicorn anthology.”

In 2014, at the Superstars Writing Seminar, he gave this speech, and Lisa Mangum, and editor at Shadow Mountain, heard it and contacted him about it. Thus, the purple unicorn anthology, One Horn to Rule Them All, was born. Attendees of the seminar were invited to submit.  It doesn’t end there though.  James A.  Owen, who did the cover for the anthology, posted a fake cover as a joke. It was a cartoon potato with a unicorn horn. The caption said, “Unitato: Half unicorn, half potato.” We all laughed, but I took it as a challenge and wrote The Unicorn Prince, a story about the prince of the unicorns getting transformed into a potato.

You can find The Unicorn Prince in the anthology One Horn to Rule Them All or on my Wattpad ( It will also be one of a trio of Nylean stories in the mini collection Under the Moon.

After the anthology was published, I decided I wanted to expand on my story. What would be the results of the prince of the unicorns being turned into a potato? There seemed to be a lot of story to explore there, which is what brings us here, to Child of the Wilde and the best purple unicorn story I could write.

This book, more than any other I’ve done, simply would not exist without Superstars Writing Seminar, and it feels appropriate to give back. The proceeds from all sales from now until one week after release will be donated to the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship, which every year pays for the tuition for new attendees of the seminar.

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