After a whirl wind two-ish months in quarantine… my latest project is complete and off to my editor with a scheduled release date of October 21st, 2020. I hadn’t planned on releasing it until next year, but with the abundance of extra time I was able to finish it early.
This story is probably the darkest piece I’ve published to date as we follow the titular character through his boyhood and into adulthood. It’s filled with the nuances of family life and how small things build up over time to send good people down dark paths with dire consequences.
It was an interesting journey to say the least as I stepped out of my comfort zone, but in a way the story itself brings a level of closure to many loose ends in my own life story. Writing has always been a part of my healing process, but for the longest time I needed to focus more on sorting out what actually happened in regards to my trauma. I couldn’t fictionalize it until I addressed it, which always resulted in any attempts at a novel screeching to a halt about half way through.
This past year I was finally able to fill in the gaps as it were with my trauma, and take on a new journey to healing. In a way, Jericho is my magnum opus. It ties all of my writing together and as the project draws toward completion I don’t know if I will feel compelled to start another.
I say that after poking around looking for inspiration to start a new story for the past several weeks and coming up empty handed. Although, Jericho will be my sixth book in less than three years. Perhaps I just need to take a while to find a new wave of inspiration.
I guess we’ll see what happens.
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All families have their strengths and weaknesses. For the Fosters, it was no different. William, the patriarch of the Foster family, had made his lot in life by enlisting in the military immediately after high school. It was the quickest and most accessible way out of the tiny Midwestern town where he grew up. He served admirably through his young adulthood bouncing around from place to place, overseas and domestically until fate brought him to a small Alabama town where he met the woman who would soon become his wife. Their romance was effortless and things seemed to be going well, until the birth of their second child, a son, Jericho. Once Jericho arrived nothing about the Foster family would ever be the same.
Follow Jericho through his boyhood as he faces numerous challenges from bullies in the schoolyard, to gang members in back allies, drug abuse, a life of crime and multiple attempts to redeem himself. The journey is one full of heartbreak, yet leaves the audience rooting for Jericho at every twist and turn. It’s an intimate glimpse into family dynamics and the nuances of raising a child who lives on the fringe edge of society.
Look for Jericho on Amazon! Kindle and paperback versions available: OCTOBER 21, 2020