Cartersville author tackles growing genre
by Staff Report
Sep 23, 2012 | 1983 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leah Sherwin, a native of Cartersville as well as a 2006 graduate of Woodland High School and 2010 graduate of Berry College, has pursued a lifelong dream to publish a fantasy/science-fiction novel with “Night Bells” being the first in a series.

The novel follows the journey of fictional character Lord Maslyn as he delves into a world of secrecy, adventure and intrigue. According to E.D. Kain, a blogger and freelance writer, the fantasy genre has become big business — with the success of Stephanie Meyer’s vampire “Twilight” series translating into blockbuster films at the box office along with “The Hunger Games” and the upcoming Game of Thrones. Fantasy, as a genre, grew by 20 percent between 2005, when “A Feast for Crows” was published, and 2010, when “Twilight” was at the peak of its popularity.

“Night Bells” comes on the scene when Norse mythology-themed stories and the blending of the fantasy and science fiction genres are becoming prevalent.

With popular film examples of this sort of combination — “Thor,” “The Avengers” — gaining a wide following, books of this type may become increasingly noticed by readers who normally only see books in one genre or the other. Rather than making “Night Bells” available in physical book stores, it is only being distributed online in both e-Book and print form. For more information about “Night Bells,” visit http://lmsherwin.com or contact L.M. Sherwin at lm@lmsherwin.com.

Sherwin has been writing since she was too young to hold a pen! Her first stories were dictated to her mother who wrote them down to preserve for posterity. As time went by, Sherwin moved on to write amusing short stories.

In middle school, she wanted to tackle her first epic novel. After she married her high school and college sweetheart, Cartersville native Zach Sherwin, her husband encouraged her to pursue her lifelong dreams of becoming an author. This year, she published the first full-length novel she wrote. She has plans to publish one or two more by the end of 2012.