Hello and thank you for reading this. For my stretch goal, 100% of anything I make after my initial goal will go to help other projects as a part of the Kicking it Forward initiative. Now - I have had an inspiration to tell you the real story of why I wrote Grin, but first:
First – this book is done, but still not finished. What you may read in the first chapter has been written, rewritten and edited by myself and a few others. It still has a ways to go before I am satisfied though. My funding goal is for editing first and foremost and publishing second. Please know that what you are reading is akin to a sculptor carving out a marble block and showing you something that you may or may not recognize. I recognize it because I wrote it, just as an artist has the finished product in their mind.
It is true that I have always considered myself a writer. I wrote Grin because of an event I had in the 7th grade. I went to Silverado Middle School where I was in Ms. Pettigrew’s English class. She had us do a timed write on what we wanted to be when we grew up. I was reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway which changed the way I read books at the time. My answer consisted of “I want to be an author and write classic stories like Hemingway.” When I got the paper back, under my essay was Ms. Pettigrew’s response - “I know you will and I will read every one of them.”
In all honesty, if that sounds fake to you then that’s fine. It’s very real to me and I actually tear up a bit to know that what I wrote I did because I had a dream, inspiration, calling if you will, when I was in a 7th grade English class. My goal of changing this is not to get more support, everything I do is to get support, I wrote this because I want people to know the dream I had and that even kids with dreams can make them happen.
Please feel free to keep reading to hear the rest of my story!
Update: Chapter 2 is available to read. If you are backer check the update tab. Thank you!
I have always considered myself a writer. In my childhood, I loved fiction and fantasy and often touted to my teachers that I would grow up to be a great writer someday. Three years ago I found myself without a job and wondering at age 30 what it was I wanted to do in life. Someone asked me that very question during a job interview. I answered honestly, "I would sit down and write." I did not get that job, but what I got was a clear-calling. My roommate at the time encouraged me to go for it, pointing out that it was November (National Novel Writing Month). As I began to work, I chose a story that had long since been in the recesses of my mind -- dying to be poured into tangible prose – and Grin was first birthed. Initially, the words came to me effortlessly; however, it wasn’t long until I found being at home was a huge distraction. So, I found a local cafe that was quiet -- and for the next six months – anyone could find me at that café from 9:00am to 5:00pm furiously typing on my laptop and researching Lewis Carroll.
Finishing the novel became my job, and my passion. Each night when I went home, my wife and roommate would sit on the edge of the bed and wait patiently for a nightly reading of my work. I put on a pretty good show with my talented range of voices and tantalizing narrative composition. After six months, I had over 100,000 words and a novel. Sadly most people think that is the hard part, but what I found was I was just beginning on my journey.
I entered my work into a new writers contest and made the first cut in the Young Adult Fiction, to the next round only to be eliminated in the third. After re-reading my novel, it was clear that I simply had too many errors. My roommate offered to proof read for me, and with some grammar help from my wife, she went to work. Even still, the task was cumbersome, and as I began to take my second look at the novel, I realized I needed professional help, but without money or resources I was stuck like most writers.
After two years of an almost completed manuscript sitting lifelessly on my desktop, I found Kickstarter! This website is offering me a way to help get the money I need to make this book (in fact, this trilogy) a reality. While I need only a few thousand to get going, I would love to see my funding skyrocket to free me up to write the next two books.
The funds I raise will go towards self-publishing, editing, and generally making this as polished as it can be. I want the readers to see and hear my words and my work as well as feel that they are reading something true to the voice of Lewis Carroll.
Grin - the first book in the trilogy takes place before Alice ventures down the rabbit hole. It delves into answers to many questions, such as: How do the March Hare and Mad Hatter arrive at the tea party? Why are they mad? Where did all the talking animals come from? These and many more questions will be answered, but more mysteries are revealed to be resolved in the second and third book.
Most stories focus on Alice as a hero, but in reality she was just a girl who came through the rabbit hole at the right time. The supporting cast you will find are the ones with the real roles to play. Please help me make this happen and get this in the hands of fans of the original books. Help me make Grin a classic!
NOTE: I have released the first and second chapter in order to give anyone wishing to back me a taste of the first chapter and those that have a taste of the continued story. You may find chapter one here and chapter two in the backer section:
I will release the third chapters if my goal is reached so that anyone wishing to do so may preview the first three chapters of the story. Either way my backers will get to read this book as soon as I can get it in their hands!
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Thanks to Wayne Williamson - a backer for making this quick trailer! Awesome!
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