I am a 40-year-old ex-banker whose first fantasy novel, THE AMBER WIZARD, will be published on March 28, 2006 from HarperCollins. It is the first in a five book epic series chronicling the decline of magic and the rise of a monotheistic religion to take its place. The books explore the themes of personal sacrifice and redemption; the power of belief and faith; the cruelty of oppression; and others. As a "new" novelist, I am available to speak about what it takes to break into the publishing industry: finding an agent, writing a query, dealing with contracts, editors, copywriters, etc.; as well as the process of writing: finding time to write when you have a family and full-time job, overcoming writer's block, how to plot, how to create interesting and believable characters, etc. I've spoken locally at several industry groups, and the talks were some of their most highly rated of the year. I am also a recent full member of the SFWA.