Zachary Bynum III
It has been a daunting task producing a full-length novel from prison. In the North Carolina prison system, inmates don't have access to the internet, word processing, typewriters, or even copiers. I had to use the slow and expensive process of having multiple drafts done by outside typing and copying services.
When I first began writing, the prison authorities often discourage inmates from writing to publish. Some even had their manuscripts destroyed. Thankfully, a recent court settlement caused the North Carolina prisons to adopt rules that allow inmates to write and publish, so long as people outside of the prison handle the business and financial part.
The creative process of writing a novel was also challenging. I chose "classic" fantasy as a genre for several reasons. I have always loved reading fantasy. Because I did not have access to the Internet or any other way to research material for a book, fantasy was the perfect genre. All I needed was my own imagination.
It was also a struggle learning how to tell a story in an interesting way, instead of the lengthy and wordy style I used practicing law for over 25 years. Writing fantasy did have great benefits. Creating a world with fantastic creatures, races, and societies was often so engaging that it would let me escape from prison for a few hours, at least in my mind. It has been quite a literary journey.
Now I have a finished, professionally typed, self-edited, and copyrighted manuscript ready for professional editing and publication.