Guest Post: Epic Fantasy with Attitude by Greg Strandberg

Today, Greg Strandberg is stopping by to share about his fantasy novel, The Hirelings. It is with great pleasure to welcome him here. Take it away, Greg.

Epic Fantasy with Attitude


Hi, my name’s Greg Strandberg and I wrote The Hirelings.

The book’s about a band of mercenaries trying to take out the whole economic structure of a corrupt kingdom.  And that pretty much entails killing the dragon atop Mount Misery.

Why on earth would I write such a book?  For the following reasons:

  •   I think a lot of fantasy books out there are boring;
  •   Most epic fantasy books take themselves too seriously;
  •   And I thought it would be fun.

Have fans agreed?  Not really.  After all, the book is currently ranked #1,323,000 or so.  That means sales are pretty dismal.

So I clearly didn’t write the book to make a lot of money.  Thank God, because that never would have worked!

So why did I write it?  Well, to make my reader happy.  See, I like to read fantasy books, and have been since middle school.  I started with old Forgotten Realms D&D books and thought, “hey, wouldn’t it be fun to write a book like that?”

I set out to do so in July, 2013, and got about 15,000 words.  I let it sit until December when I really got busy and finished it up.  I wrote it as a stand-alone novel (a sin in the world of fantasy books!), but it could be expanded I suppose.

Of course that would take sales.

So why not make a fortnight of it with this motley group of characters that your mom probably wouldn’t approve seeing you with?  Yep, that’s right, you should buy The Hirelings today!


It’s been six months since the horrendous incident atop Mount Misery, the incident that broke Beldar Thunder Hammer’s band of adventurers apart.

Now Beldar’s putting the band back together with the aim of heading back up Mount Misery to end the Kingdom’s Hireling system for good.

Of course that would upend the whole socio-economic balance of The Kingdom and usher in a time of peace and plenty for all. The powers-that-be can’t have that, and they’ll do everything in their power to thwart Beldar and his band of Hirelings from bringing that about.

About the Author:

95746Greg Strandberg was born and raised in Helena, Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana in 2008 with a BA in History.

When the American economy began to collapse Greg quickly moved to China, where he became a slave for the English language industry. After five years of that nonsense he returned to Montana in June, 2013.

When not writing his blogs, novels, or web content for others, Greg enjoys reading, hiking, biking, and spending time with his wife and young son.






About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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17 Responses to Guest Post: Epic Fantasy with Attitude by Greg Strandberg

  1. Thinking it’d be fun is the best reason for writing a book or starting any other project. To do something just because you think you should, not because you genuinely want to, will always make it a pain to work on. Best of luck with your sales, Greg!

    • Greg Strandberg says:

      Ha, the sales haven’t been too hot, but I kind of figured that. This’ll probably be a book that takes off a couple years from now, at least I hope.

      • TBM says:

        I agree with Heather, write because you like it. I hate when authors try to force something or write for a particular genre because it’s selling at the time. Tell the story that matters to you. Great job and best of luck.

  2. Thanks for introducing us to Greg. I think writing for fun takes away a lot of the pressure. That’s why I write.

  3. Greg Strandberg says:

    Thanks for hosting me on your site today, T.B.

  4. cleemckenzie says:

    Making people happy is a great reason for writing a story! Here’s to seeing that ranking rise as you make more people happy in this world.

  5. Sounds excellent, Greg! Who says fantasy shouldn’t be fun!

    Hope your week is going well, TB. We just got back from the beach. I’m trying to sneak in a visit with you before my workshop gets going. Sorry to be so rushed.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  6. It’s great to write a book we’d like to see in the market for others to enjoy. Best of luck to Greg.

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