I was living in North Virginia at the time Michael J. Sullivan decided to self publish his Riyria books. Turns out he lived just down the road from me. We probably crossed each other’s paths at Wegman’s and never even knew it.
Michael, after spending over a decade crafting his work, self published at the start of the Kindle era and quickly rose up the charts. After his books quickly sold over 70,000 copies, Orbit offered him a nice publishing deal which he accepted. He has since gone on to publish a lot of books, some through publishers Orbit and Del Rey, others self published. And, he’s been using Kickstarter to find self published books and some pretty kick-ass graphic novel adaptions of his novels, so you might want to keep an eye out.
His stories harken back to the earlier days of fantasy, lighter in tone than much of today’s offerings. If you liked Terry Brooks, David Eddings, or Fritz Leiber, you’re going to love his work.
Michael recently sat down for an interview with Hank Garner on the Author Stories Podcast, that is definitely worth your time to listen to.
And, you can see all of his Riyria books, including his latest release, Age Of Myth, below.