Five for the Road (An Adventure Story)
Five for the Road (An Adventure Story)
A collaborative project between an Army veteran and a cancer survivor, this is no simple kids' story, though it features five of them.
A collaborative project between an Army veteran and a cancer survivor, this is no simple kids' story, though it features five of them. Read more
About this project
Who is T. E. Johnson?
T. E. Johnson is the collaborative pen name of two unique artists. It is a combination of their names and styles, resulting in a just-anonymous-enough nom de plume.
What is Five for the Road?
This is an adventure story that combines fantasy elements with personal experiences from both authors' lives. It was originally started as a writing exercise, but as more and more people showed interest in our little story, it grew to where we are today.
And where, exactly, is that?
We have drafted the first two books in this trilogy, with possible plans for further books and short stories written in this world. We plan on finishing up the third story this year, and wrapping up on editing all three to get them ready to pitch.
Who is this story for?
This started out as a children's story, written for a narrow audience of the children in both authors' lives. But as the story progressed, each authors' natural personality bled into the story and gave it shape, darkening what was a simple adventure into something more of a mini-epic.
What are those personalities?
Well, Johnson being an Army veteran diagnosed with PTSD, some of those emotions surfaced and were put to use in the darker forces. You can't have a good story without a proper antagonist, and you can't have a hero without a villain.
T., on the other hand, has used personal experiences and travels in creating characters and places that you (almost) wish you could visit, and has decided to live vicariously through these characters for a while.
Together they have worked on overcoming personal issues and have used this as a way to move beyond what has happened to them, focusing instead on creating something for others.
So, is this a kids story or not?
Well, that depends. The main characters range from 12 down to 3, but much of the events that take place are intended for a bit of an older audience.
We have been carefully editing the story, hoping to cross age boundaries, making this a story that can be shared, but it does include death, arson, evil monsters in the dark, different cultures, racism, among other possibly sensitive issues.
We have decided because of this to label it a 'Young Adult' or YA book. There is no other genre that seems to be able to cross boundaries both comfortable and non than this category.
Why do you need us?
You might ask... And that is totally fair!
We are looking for backers who are looking for something new and unique to read, and who are willing to take a chance on a new story. For less than a new paperback, you can help us achieve a dream of seeing our book in (proof-copy) print.
If we actually get this going big enough, and stoke enough interest, we will try pitching the book to a publishing company. And only backers will have the original editions!
The funds we raise will go toward editing, printing proof copies, cover design, and whatever else may arise in the name of a good story.
Will there be Stretch Goals?
After reading quite a bit of differing opinions on this, we have agreed - yes! Stretch Goals are one of those things that I particularly like about a Kickstarter campaign, and is just another way to determine interest in a project.
So far we have kept our goal humble - just what we need to make this happen, but we also have plans for some cool artwork, new covers, additional short stories, and even an introduction by a famous author (as yet to be named) as well as other goodies if this gets big enough!
Risks and challenges
We don't foresee any issues finishing this project. If any questions arise, however, we will do our best to answer and post replies for them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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