I’m Jaime Buckley. Storyteller & cartoonist who’s building the kind of fantasy world I wish I had access to when I was a kid.
Life of Fiction is the magical hub where I craft Wanted Hero. If you enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, humor, or you’re interested in storytelling yourself, you might enjoy hanging out with me for a while. You never know…we could become friends.
Much of my time is spent building this particular fictional world. With over three million words in notes, it’s overflowing with comical, intelligent, and oftentimes odd and/or questionable beings who have a habit of talking back. There are times when the voices in my head are so loud, my wife will stop and ask, “Did you say something, dear?”
Yeah, it’s that bad.
It’s not always the wizards, dragons, demons, or the 1.5 billion gnomes that I worry about. You can toss most of them a doughnut, put on a pot of coffee, or shoot them a memo to keep them happy. It’s the characters who insist on engaging readers in the comment sections that I have a hard time controlling.
Please be patient. They’re excited you’re here.
Do you love fiction, want to read it first, ask questions, be heard about your thoughts and opinions, and spend time interacting with the author?
Then sign up.
It literally costs the same as one bad cup of coffee a week.
Not Starbucks. The cheap stuff at the gas station.
$1.75 a week gets you access to everything. Only $7 a month.
Life of Fiction is where ideas come to life, before publication, before the public get to experience them, and before they are adapted and posted to the online world over at WantedHero.com. I’m still experimenting with different ways to do this, but it’ll include using all the tools Substack provides.
…and you get a direct connection to me during that process. Yay!
How I Got Here (microwave version)
Ever since I created my first fantasy comic book and shared it online as a PDF, I knew I’d tell stories for the rest of my life. That was over 20 years and a million downloads ago. Wanted Hero is my love. It is my passion. It is my obsession. Characters and creatures still scratch at the back of my mind, bubbling up from my inkwell, trying to escape. Thousands of personalities and accidental heroes, seamlessly interwoven across adventures,…and I’d like to share them all with you.
Might as well subscribe. Doesn’t cost a penny.
The world of WANTED HERO has held a special place in the lives of my family. Stories started at bedtime, shared by candlelight. Once turned into comics, this experience was eagerly consumed by nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends. When strangers asked for them, I built a website and sold them online. As my kids got older, the stories transformed into novels, games, podcasts, uplifting merchandise and a growing fan base.
In 2022, I did the unthinkable. I pulled the plug on everything.
Overwhelmed, something inside me just,…broke. Corporations and platforms kept taking the lion’s share of the profits, which meant I was forced to focus on my day job instead of my readers. Hackers kept redirecting links and infesting my websites with malware. Marketing was a nightmare, outmatched by larger wallets (Google, I hope you choke on your bottom line).
Worst of all, I compromised the original story to run after trends.
The decision was simple: start over with the original plan. If I was going to struggle financially, then why not do it the way I’d always wanted to?
Ignore trends. Forget social media. Reach out directly to readers. Build relationships. Offer early & behind the scene access to stories, and direct access to me along the way. In that decision, I found my original voice and started writing again.
Genuine. Whole. Unapologetic.
Dang, it feels good to be me again.
If you’re interested in the whole (unabridged) story of how I got here, you can read:
My subscriptions exist for the benefit of my readers.
Life of Fiction provides me the opportunity to put you first, because you make doing what I love possible. Subscriptions allow me to create more and better experiences for everyone. That goes for both FREE and paid subscriptions. By having a space where we can enjoy a direct connection on the internet, I can put you first and shape the future of LoF together.
Thank you for being a part of my new story.
If you like what you see, make sure to tell a friend.
Look forward to getting to know you better =)