Former Tucumcari High School student Max Holman published his first book in April and is currently working on the second of his mutli-trilogy series.
“Writing the book was the easy part. Getting published was the painstaking process,” Holman said.
Holman’s first book, “The Chronicles of White Raven and the Book of Vanderbolt: The World Of Mage” was the development of role-playing when he was 9-years-old.
“The entire books series is based off of my role playing,” Holman said.
Holman said he first began writing down his story in the form of script when his brother refused to play along.
“He was impossible,” Holman said. “So I wrote out a script for my brother, Mat Holman, to follow. There were a few times I had to hit him over the head with a wooden sword to get him to go along.”
Holman said after he had written a few scripts, he did not like the way the characters were developing.
“When I was 13, I began working on the plot, which is what took the longest time,” Holman said. “After the plot, I began to develop the characters and their origins.”
Holman said the first book is written from a 13-year-old’s point of view, and that some of the humor will reflect that.
“Some people may be wondering how the main character, Alan Vanderbolt, came from,” Holman said. “My mom actually helped me develop that name. I wanted something like Van Helsing so she suggested ‘Vander’ and told me to add something to the end. Being as creative as I was at 13, I came up with Vanderbolt.”
Holman did not want to give away the plot of the book, but he agreed to give the gist of how the story began. The story is set in the future and there are three worlds: The non-magical, alchemist and the Mage, which were split during the “Second Alchemy Wars.” Alan Vanderbolt is a typical teen with no real complaints. He is part of a good family with a mom, dad and cat. He is aware of his potential of becoming a “mage,” or magician, as he is set to enter the Eagle Academy, a school for mages.
Holman said Alan’s world begins to change when his parents are called away for the death of a family member. The events that follow set the course of Alan’s adventures to come.
“There were a lot of influences which helped me to write this book, though I wanted it to be my own story and not follow the typical storylines as others have in the past,” Holman said. “The battles are intense and there is no set black-and-white storyline. Everyone who reads the book will be able to relate and choose their own faction from the story.”
Holman, 19, said he is currently enrolled as an English major at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. He said he is going to enroll in summer classes to work on short-story writing.
“The Chronicles of White Raven and the Book of Vanderbolt: The World Of Mage” is available from Xlibris Corporation in hardcover, softcover and E-book editions at www.xlibris.com.