Well guys, for the first time in forever (yes, I used a Frozen reference), I’m posting a second article on the same day. With the second draft of my book At the End Of the Day completed and currently being proofread and edited by a ‘vicious’ proofreader friend of mine, I am finally coming out and discussing some of what to expect from this book. My intention is for this book to have an ebook release on Amazon through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I’m hoping and praying that this book will see a Summer 2016 release.
To start off, I’ll admit that I’ve attempted to write a good handful of books in the past. Some got their rough drafts completed, were half-heartedly edited a little bit, then never looked at again. Some just got their rough drafts done and that was that, and others didn’t even get their rough drafts done and were never looked at again. Yep, the life of a writer is not an easy one. Many ideas that pop into my head and sound like storytelling gold typically don’t end up on paper the way I thought they would and as result, they end up facing the axe and I go back to the drawing board.
I can promise you this though: At the End Of the Day is different. I came up with the premise and started the rough draft while I was still living with family friends for a while. The premise came to me when I was taking a free online fiction writing class and it challenged me to come up with the characters and premise (admittedly I never actually finished the class though). I started writing the draft, and was drawn into the world and the characters that I created, and what made this book more meaningful then the rest is that I made it far more relatable to me and my own life, which helped me come up with ideas to drive the story along. Also, I mentioned above that I just recently completed the second draft. With the exception of one short story I wrote a few years ago, never in my history of writing books have I ever even started the second draft of a novella/novel. It was always so intimidating to do that, but I’m happy to say that this time I did it, and it’s something for me to be proud of.
So, here is the summary of the book, the kind you would find on the back of a book or the sleeve:
Henry Sanders is a young “unique” man that keeps himself far apart from the real world to stay comfortable in his own. He braves his parents’ fights and he keeps to himself without any friends to push him any direction. He loves sitting in the park obsessively studying the bridge over the river, and he writes in a notebook that he takes with him everywhere. When a girl that he met once a long time ago suddenly comes back into his life and he’s sent to stay with his uncle and his abusive cousin for a while during the summer, Henry is forced to make decisions that will influence the people around him and his own broken self-esteem.
Ultimately I really wanted this book to focus on the mindset and psychology of a single individual as he goes through trial after trial. What I believe makes Henry great is that he’s like me in so many different ways. The way he thinks and processes things and some of his own experiences were things that I myself have thought and experienced, which made the book a lot easier to write because I found myself rooting for the character. Keep in mind that this book is purely fiction in the end, and while some of the experiences Henry goes through are also my own, a lot of the others are either exaggerated or things I didn’t go through at all. It’s a great mix of real life and fiction to create a compelling and down-to-earth story.
Something that I need to point out however is that while I identify myself as a disciple of Christ and I hope this book can glorify God in some form or another, this book is not for Christian audiences specifically. I wrote this book with the intention of it being able to connect with a broader audience. Therefore, the world depicted in the book is not sugar-coated and is not family-friendly. While I make sure to keep the content on a PG-13 level and try not to go too over-the-top, I have no problem delving into some pretty heavy themes in order to get the message of the book across. Henry has some qualities that a lot of you would probably admire and respect, but he goes through trials that some people may find difficult to read about, and Henry lives within a sad atmosphere where a lot of it is due to those trials. The world is ugly. The world is not completely comprised of Christians walking around doing everything right and not saying anything dirty or wrong (I will say right now that Henry is not a Christian, in fact he’s a self-proclaimed agnostic but he has his own moral system). So with that being said, I would say to be careful about letting younglings read this book.
However, I’m also not afraid to mention God or make references to the Bible and church either. God does get mentioned in the book and there are some interesting spiritual themes sprinkled throughout the book that I believe Christians will appreciate but will also not be a complete turn-off for nonbelievers reading the book. My hope is that Christians will be able to read and understand or learn where I’m coming from with the material. Most importantly, despite the dark material depicted in this book, I’m happy to say that this book also offers hope, even in the darkest of circumstances, and the ending will at least leave you feeling satisfied but also, I hope, challenged. I can’t wait for you guys to get to read this book later on down the road. Just be patient and I will keep you guys up to date!