Troy has been many things in his career. Shoe salesman, waiter, newspaper owner, children's performer, actor, elected official, policy adviser, CEO and university lecturer. Now he wants to try his hand at writing. The genesis for Jimmie Mayfield came while going for a walk in Placida, Florida where his parents have a winter home. Jimmie Mayfield is the first novel he wrote but the fifth novel he published.
When not exploring Florida, Troy lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter and dog.
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/troyyoung
When I first created this website, I had written one thing, The (Extra)ordinary Life of Jimmie Mayfield. At the time of creation, it was destined to be Florida Man, The Novel. However, I realized that with that title comes certain expectations. It alludes to certain strange and notorious events, often illegal. There was going to be monster trucks. A gun range. Hijinxs. Sadly or thankfully, depending on your viewpoint, Jimmie ended up being more sensitive and less of a caricature as the novel progressed. That title might turn off some potential readers and disappoint others thinking they were getting the tale of a drug-crazed lunatic.
Then I wrote a short story (A Shadow In The Night; it's now a free reader magnet if you subscribe to my newsletter below). I put it up on Amazon mainly to learn how to self-publish and it got great pick up. Then I wrote another short story called It Came From The Sea based on a childhood experience. I decided to add some Lovecraftian elements to it and suddenly I'm writing a horror series.
I had started to work on a new fantasy novel in between working on Jimmie Mayfield (I was attempting to find an agent and publisher for Jimmie) and I thought I should write something I could self-publish. This novel got shelved once I started working on The Other. After I got the first book of The Other published, I went back to the fantasy novel, now published as The Stone of Death. Then I got a hankerin' to write a space western while watching The Mandalorian, so that's how The Seeker of Solace came about.
No, I don't think I will. Horror, fantasy, and science fiction all fall under the uber-genre of speculative fiction. I still have four novels in the Jimmie story to publish. And now I'm thinking of a Young Adult cyberpunk series. I'll never stop creating new and interesting worlds and characters. Someday, when I become hugely successful and popular, I might be forced to focus on one genre. Until then, as an indie author, I'm going to write whatever comes to mind.
Right. It was because at the time, I thought I only had one story in me. Jimmie was going to be it. But then my love of writing developed and I started expanding beyond his story. I could pay for a new domain name, one more appropriate, but this one charts my journey from where I began. And, it acts as an interesting conversation starter. Enjoy.
Check out this video I shot on what inspired me to write Jimmie Mayfield and my advice to other writers.