It is 1 AM and I am officially wired, running on pure elation and a bit of adrenal. Book One is officially here! It is out and available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. It has been such a journey to get to this point. It originally started on a summer evening while I was bored. I was 22 and listening to "Map of the Problematique." Out of nowhere, it just popped into my head, the first moments in the very first chapter. To be fair, I'd been living with these characters in my head for years, versions that morphed and molded as I grew and experienced more. They would continue to grow over the next several years, but the seed was planted that night. It took me a month to write the first draft and it took on a life of its own from that point on. One book idea shifted into two...then three...and slowly but surely, I had a series playing out in my mind.
The journey to this moment is one full of ups and downs. To be a writer is to be in a constant state of doubt. Is it good enough? Will I reach an audience? Am I wasting my time even trying? The pandemic changed so much for so many of us and suddenly those doubts seemed small and petty. Life is too short to let fear consume, but that rant on the pesky fear of failure will be saved for another day.
Today, I embrace the journey and am proud to say that Absolution: Book One is finally here. These characters have made me smile and laugh and cry through this journey. They've helped me escape into a world that is just as complex and complicated as ours, but with more hope, love, and light than what I felt in ours while writing. If just one other human can read it and find joy in that escape when they crack open the book, then I have done what I originally set out to do. I have a story to tell and I hope it is one you can enjoy.