The Story Behind the Story
This story has been swirling around inside of me for the better part of two decades. I remember being in high school, sitting in my bedroom with my best friend, quietly writing in a notebook while he worked on a project of his own. I read the scene I had written aloud to him. He wanted more of the story. I thought about the characters all the time. I drew maps and created the alphabet of a created language. I worked at a grocery store, and on slow nights, I would print out blank sheets of the receipt tape, and scribble down ideas and conversations between characters in between transactions. I still have that old notebook and all those receipt papers. Through my determination not to let it die, and because of the many friends who continued to ask me about the book, I’m here at the threshold of a lifelong goal: to become a published author.
The World Between
Jamir of Lur-lataer, Priest of The Almighty, is living with a curse. He’ll follow wherever his god directs him to go, but how can he trust in a plan that hasn’t been revealed?
Marina, displaced in time, finds herself confronting a truth she never wanted to learn: she isn’t who she thinks she is.
Jakar of House Arcanan jumped through a portal into the unknown after the woman he has always loved. He won’t leave her, because the future depends on them being together.
Velundovil peels back the layers of time to see everything that has been, and everything that will be. She watches, wishing that there had been another way.
The World Between takes place in a fictional world similar to ours. There are kingdoms with wealthy nobles, cities with sea merchants and towns with humble citizens. There are forests, rivers, mountains and plains. Animal and plant life is like what we would find on Earth and species are named accordingly. This world is a place of magic, though there is disagreement about where it comes from and who can use it. One unique difference is that the world has two suns, one large and one small. Though this is a fantasy novel, absent from the world are other humanoid races such as elves, dwarves, halflings etc. Because the people are not of Earth, their cultures and languages do not exactly mirror those we would find in our world. Groups are more egalitarian in general and there are not many differences between gender roles. The world also has its own pantheon of gods and goddess with religious orders for each.
In writing The World Between, I have tried to incorporate many questions about what it means to be human. My hope is that readers will connect with the key questions that the characters ask themselves throughout the novel: Can I trust in something I can’t see? Is there a calling on my life? Can something good come from something terrible?
There are couple of stretch goals for the project and I really hope we can meet both of them.
$3500: Second piece of artwork from Steven Wu- Goal Met
$4500: Stamped Gold Foil Letters on Book Cover
About the Author
Sarah Orr Aten is, and always will be, a nerd. She is a lover of medieval history, an avid reader and a woman who will get swept up in a good story. She is a birth doula, a crafter and a gardener. To pay the bills she had found herself in a data science, reporting and analytics, with a mind to move towards process improvement and/or project management. The biggest influences on her creative life have been R.A. Salvatore, Jean M. Auel, Gary Jennings, A.A. Attanasio, Bruce Coville and Susan Cooper. She also believes that one can love both Star Wars and Star Trek without being forced to pick a side. She lives in Louisville KY with her husband Brandon and their three children and two dogs.
Risks and challenges
99% of the work for this novel is already complete. Before this project launched, the novel had already been written and edited, and art for the story world had already been produced. The only item left on the to do list is to get the novel printed and distributed. Contributing to the campaign will essentially act as your pre-order of the novel.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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