Unjustly hunted, their families murdered in cold blood, Estefan Ernando and his loyal band emerged from that horror to the pinnacle of the criminal underworld. They’ve built a gigantic syndicate of interconnecting corporations, foundations and enterprises stretching across the Solar System, a vast new empire of Humanity called the Sixteen Worlds of Sol. They are the Aegis Synod – bound by marriage, their undying love and extraordinary long life.
They possess power never before seen among men.
Until now, something unnatural has come to the Sixteen Worlds, something ancient and cold, bringing the vast knowledge of its age-old ancestors with it. Already, it has laid waste to villages and outposts, slaughtering all in its path in search of a weapon, a device that could destroy billions and drive all others into slavery.
Beseeched by an unlikely source, Estefan and his Synod have been asked to help, for only they possess the firepower and the technology to thwart the Ancient One. But, Estefan has little faith in mankind and has no desire to defend it.
His humanity in question, his mind clouded by terrible memories, Estefan must search his distant past for answers. He must revisit those days of persecution and injustice before his meteoric rise to power. He must harken back to the times of the mysterious Shadow Seed when he and those around him began to mutate. They’d become targets of a vicious multi-national organization, because of it. They’d been sentenced to death.
Will he find truth in the sordid days of his youth? Only he knows for certain, but he needs to discover it quickly.
Time is scarce.
The Ancient One is desperate. He’ll destroy entire worlds to find his weapon.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I grew up reading Tolkien and Brooks and Eddings, so I guess it’s like being home. I’m used to it. Science Fiction and Horror are a close second and third, respectively, but the first real books that I read were Fantasy.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Never stop writing. You will improve with practice. Writing is a skill. Some are born with inordinate talent, but it is still a skill, honing it is crucial.
Richard Heredia was born in 1969 in the Canal Zone of Panama City, Panama. Having spent the first year of his life there, he has since moved to Los Angeles, California where he lives with his wife and children. Wanting to be a writer at a very young age, he began learning his craft through avid reading, after his mentor suggested he read as much as possible in order to learn from the best. Since that summer day in 1984, he has never stopped.
After college and a successful career in the Tech Industry, four years ago, he finally decided to sit down and commit himself to his lifelong dream of writing novels. He is the author of the first two volumes of the Saga of the Twelve’s – The Unwanted Winter and Winter’s Fury (Reboot Jan. 2014) – and of Book One of the Shadow Seed Series – The Misbegotten.
Aside from reading and writing, he enjoys listening to music, dancing with his babies, camping, fishing and playing the odd video game with his son.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write about something from my past. I had ideas and a whole slew of setting, situations, conditions, etc., but I could never get those ideas to stick. Then, during one such flailing attempt, a thought hit me and I went to my drawer and pulled out two other fledgling manuscripts. I sat there looking at all three of them and realized I’d been writing the story all along. I had been writing it from three different angles in two different centuries. From then on, the story flew out of me. 240,000+ words in six months. The story had been edited down a bit, but still, I was consumed. The Misbegotten was the result.