This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Toni Cox, author of the Elemental Trilogy, who shares with us her experiences and difficulties she has overcome and how writing played a part in that. Enjoy! 🙂
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My love for reading began when I was 11 years old and I was given a book for Christmas. It was “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley. I started horse riding when I was very young, so the book spoke to me on so many different levels. From then on, I saved every bit of pocket money I could and bought one book of the series every month.
I have been an avid reader since then, reading a variety of genres, but the fantasy genre holds a very special place in my heart. Fantasy books are an escape from reality and when you feel that you need to step away from life for a little while, a good fantasy book can do that for you.
In 2013, after years of battling with increasing pain, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Ankylosing Spondylitis. My life changed drastically. I am a mentally very strong person, but to be told that one has three incurable diseases can put a dampener on anyone’s spirits.
I was put on a range of different medicines and for two years I battled with the fact that my life would never be the same again. As time wore on, so my body became used to the medication and my pain levels went up and my mobility went down. There was a time when I could only go out in a wheelchair. It made me doubt my future, my working career, and my family life.
It was a dark time, but it was exactly the push I needed to escape from my reality and step into one of my fantasy worlds. This time, however, I decided not to step into someone else’s world, but my own. Having read hundreds of different fantasy books, my mind had over the years, conjured up its own fantasy world, including characters and stories. I decided it was time to let these stories come out and during 2015 I found solace in writing my very first book.
During that year, my medication was changed again. My mobility improved and I could live a semblance of a normal life again. But, writing had seen me through the darkest of days and I was not ready to give it up. I had found a new passion, something that lifted my spirits, channeled my motivation and inspired me. The more I wrote, the more I wanted to write.
By February 2016, my first novel, Elemental Rising, was published by Author House UK. It was to be the first installment of a trilogy. Since then, the second book, Elemental Betrayal, was published in February 2017 and I am currently working on the final book of the trilogy, Forbidden Elemental.
I am also working on six short stories relating to the Elemental trilogy and have another 33 novels planned for the future.
The past four years have taught me, no matter your circumstances, with the right attitude, anything is possible. I went from an uncertain future to being a published author. Writing has given me a new lease on life and I am now excited for what the future holds for me.
I now have:
My own website www.tonicox.co.za
An author Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Toni-Cox-1526213714341385/?ref=settings An Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/tonicoxelemental/
A Twitter account https://twitter.com/ToniCoxAuthor
A Pinterest board https://za.pinterest.com/cox1488/elemental/
And a GoodReads account https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15024396.Toni_Cox
I also have a book launch coming up on the 19th of April at Skoobs Theatre of Books at Monte Casino, Johannesburg.
I cannot stress enough how much writing, and reading, has done for my life. I have found a whole new world of friends and opportunities.
With my story, I hope to inspire not just new authors, but also struggling authors and all other people who may be struggling with their own burdens. Life will throw many things into your path and it may feel like there is no way forward. Find your passion, follow it. Do not let anything stand in your way. Believe in yourself and you will see…anything is possible.
ELEMENTAL RISING (book 1)
by Toni Cox
When Maia returns home to Elveron from her final test on Earth, something goes terribly wrong and she ends up in a coma. When she finally wakes, she realises that she has brought with her the very thing she tried to leave behind.
Faced with responsibilities she thinks she is not ready for, a love she does not reciprocate and a threat to her people that might kill them all, she is suddenly forced to become what she is meant to be – a Prime.
But she is not alone. She has her mentor, Silas, and her dragon, Midnight, who stand by her side as she embarks on an adventure to save not just herself, but the rest of the nation of Grildor as well.
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Huge thanks to Toni for sharing her experiences with us and discussing what writing means to her. Please do check out the links she provided and her trilogy. If you have any questions or comments for Toni, please feel free to leave them here.
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I will (definitely) be back on Friday with a post of my own. Thanks for your patience people. Unfortunately, 2017 has been kicking my ass with emergencies and life upheavals but we push on!
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