Crow in the Hollow: A New World Fantasy Novel
Suqata, last of the Chinequewa, gifted with a voice of power, must face otherworldly wolf packs and forgotten gods to save all he knows
Suqata, last of the Chinequewa and gifted with a voice power, had seen his share of magic and wanted no part of it. To bad that was not up to him. Even his name, which meant “Watched by the Crow,” had marked him as destined for a troubled life.
Found wandering in the wilderness, his memories of home and family lost, Suqata must quickly adapt to life as a slave in the Kaelish Colonies. All the while, his power to “sing change into the world” grows within him. When he is taken to the isolated town of Orin’s Hollow to serve as the personal servant of Captain Graye, the cold and calculating leader of the Black Guard, Suqata must abandon his gift to earn a place in the world of the outlanders. All that changes with the arrival of the new governor and his mysterious daughter from across the sea. Soon events are set into motion that will change the colonies forever. Ancient powers, otherworldly wolf packs, and forgotten gods play at the strings of destiny. Now Suqata must once again find the power in his own voice to do the impossible. Will the bond between a slave and a noble-born girl be enough to turn the tide, and will Suqata be able to make the required sacrifice to save all he knows?
It’s a question that only a crow could answer.
This story, and it's protagonist, Suqata, has lived in my imagination for eight years, filling my dreams with the music of creation, visions of misty birch forests, and the shadows of stalking wolf packs. It began with a pretty simple idea – to write a different kind of fantasy story. Inspired by the native cultures of the Great North like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian, a main character unlike any I had ever read about began to take shape – Suqata the sword-bearer. In a genre that is overpopulated with cookie-cutter heroes, Suqata is a young man facing not only the very powers of the ancient world, but also his own inner struggles with identity and destiny. His journey touches on issues of culture and nature, while pulling from the rich history of our own countries colonial past. These influences make the world of Crow in the Hollow teem with a hum of magic that is familiar yet new and unexplored.
In 2007, after many years away, I returned to my Alaskan home and suddenly I was once again surrounded by the same natural beauty that had inspired me as a child. I was struck with a real need to follow through on making this story come to life. So, five years later, to say this book has been a labor of love would be a bit of an understatement. For anyone who has attempted to write a novel, you will understand when I say that this book has been more like a labor of blood, sweat, and not a small amount of loud, maniacal laughter – and I have loved every single minute of it.
Having the opportunity to not only write, but also illustrate all of the 20+ images in the book was a dream come true, but I can't do the whole thing on my own. The money raised through this Kickstarter will go to production costs for the novel like editing, layout, and distribution (as well as printing, designing, and shipping costs for the rewards.) In short, making the book as professionally put together as humanly possible. That is where the team at Inkwater Press comes in, and big thanks to their crew for working with me to make this book even better. Check them out at inkwaterpress.com
I'm really excited to offer some cool exclusives with this Kickstarter. Please take a look at the rewards to see everything we have in store.
- Illustration concept art!!
- Exclusive swag!!
- And even a chance to own a one of a kind piece of art from the book!!
My primary goal is to bring Crow in the Hollow to life as trade sized novel, over 80,000 words long, with high quality b/w illustrations for each chapter, drawn by yours truly. I will also be providing a PDF of my Crow in the Hollow Visual Guide, full of sketches and in-depth exploration into the history and mythology of The Colonies (I'll try to pull out any spoilers), as well an illustrated thank you card, map of the Kaelish Colonies, and much, much more. Take a look at the rewards listed to the right.
If we exceed our goals, I'll add new rewards and exclusives along the way, so stay tuned!!
*Video sound clip is titled Gimin by Nethis. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Risks and challenges
This is my first time working through Kickstarter, and my first time publishing something on this scale. Fortunately, I am working with an amazing group at Inkwater Press in Portland, OR. Since the book is already completed, a good portion of the work is done. I am relying on their expertise in the final editing and layout. All of the reward art and swag is coming from me, and it's going to be a blast putting together some really cool stuff for everyone that jumps on board. I know it will be a great read, and I appreciate the chance to share this awesome story and art with everyone.
Thanks to everyone that backs this Kickstarter, visits this page, or tells a friend that Crow in the Hollow is on its way. And, as always, thanks to the my family for fueling the fire of my imagination, and to my Lord for giving me the drive to make this dream a reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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