Heir, Gryphon – officially born (launched) Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 shortly after 7 pm after a lengthy, not-uncomplicated gestation of roughly nine years, and a partially painless birthing process of nine months, facilitated by Friesen Press. Proud creator D.R. Ranshaw was in attendance at Owl’s Nest Books, along with an enthusiastic group of supporters and well-wishers. Owl’s Nest Books staff acted as midwives, providing flawless care and a most enjoyable time for all, complete with libations to toast the new infant’s success.
After a brief history of the new book’s conception, gestation and birth, a couple of readings were given by the author; the first reading was from the new book, while the second, from a new companion piece, formed part of the evening as a teaser of what is hopefully to come. Following the readings, a question and answer session concluded the formal part of the program. Like all proud parents, the author was only too glad to hold forth on his new progeny at great length, answering numerous queries about the book, its development, and the writing process in general. A suggestion for an audio book version of Gryphon’s Heir, to be read aloud by the author, met with great enthusiasm from the assemblage.
When asked about plans for a sibling for young Gryphon’s Heir, parent D.R. Ranshaw allowed as how one was already under development, to be titled Gryphon’s Awakening, but the wait for it was likely to be some time, as it is currently slightly less than half complete, and funding for its eventual, formal birth is lacking at this time. A humorous, half-serious suggestion was made by the author that the crowd might like to fund his living expenses for the next year so that he could focus on birthing the new book. Much hilarity ensued at the suggestion. Attendees were therefore encouraged to support this endeavour by spreading the word amongst all and sundry about the merits of the first book, and to galvanize the as-yet unconverted to purchase the book, either in hard copy or (author’s voice lowered to a whisper in light of the location) eBook format.
The evening concluded with numerous book purchases and signings, and enjoyment of the aforementioned refreshments.