“On August 14th 2010, after too many beers, I decided to drive, doing so recklessly and with no aforethought for those around me, and it was this decision, these decisions, that resulted in a loss of life that I have wished I could change every single day since.”
I’ve done research in the excess, hoping to find a memoir like mine from which to draw direction, to inspire me, and to keep me going until every last word was scribbled. The search would prove fruitless, however, which leaves NIGHT GOBLINS: A MEMOIR in a class by itself, for better or worse. It’s the first nonfiction book to ever broach the subject of killing another person while driving drunk from the perspective of the drunk driver himself.
The author, hitherto referred to as JT Gregory (a veteran and an ex-con trying to get his life back together), is only just recently removed from a prison sentence spanning approximately 51 months, time he served for driving drunk and killing a man, when he finds two helpless kittens stranded in a ditch. He’s not a cat person, a dog person, or even a people person, but he’s talked into bringing them home by a friend. This proves to be a decision he regrets deeply at the time. Dealing with alcoholism and PTSD and nightmares that come for him in the dark, he’s in no position to take care of anything, much less something living, which proves ironic as he also has his first child (LUNA RAE) on the way with a long-time/long-lost love interest, Jessica.
JT Gregory, struggling with the aforementioned untreated PTSD and alcoholism he’s honed since his time overseas with the Army, ultimately decides to rehome one of the kittens, doing so with no problem. He posts an ad on Craigslist and receives an interested response within a day. After a string of mishaps courtesy of the remaining kitten, JT Gregory abruptly decides to rehome the remaining kitten (whom he refers to as the DITCH KITTY) and posts another ad to Craigslist, an ad that proceeds to go viral across several multimedia platforms over the next several days, shooting the miserable little ditch cat into the not-so-lavish lifestyle typical of such cases. JT Gregory’s phone begins blowing up the next morning as he receives response after response to his rehoming ad, interested emails and Facebook messages from people all over the US and Canada.
And all of this happens the exact morning JT Gregory finds out that his life is changing forever in more ways than one. This is the morning he finds out his daughter, Luna Rae, has been born.
Since the original rehoming ad went viral two years ago, I have built my platform to include over 37,000 followers across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I have two Facebook pages that generate upwards of 15,000 engagements a week with an uptick in new followers at an average 0.7% a week. As for the book itself, some of the more tangible details, I expect the finished manuscript to be around 75000 words long. It contains 22 chapters, plus a prologue and epilogue, and includes pieces on my suicide attempt at age ten, my tours overseas with the 82nd Airborne, and my time in the North Carolina prison system. The Ditch Kitty provides the much-needed comic relief when the book gets a little too dark, and included is the original Ditch Kitty rehoming ad that went viral across the internet, a post that has generated an organic reach of over 15,000,000 Facebook users, to include 18K+ likes, 16K+ comments, and over 124K shares.
I've put my entire heart into this book. All I want is for it to be read.
Risks and challenges
After much thought and consideration, we've settled on $60,000 as our goal for this project. This money will go toward editing the manuscript until it shines like your grandpa's belt buckle, developing the cover and book itself, and all of the marketing and promotions leading up to the release (much of which will come out of my own pocket). I'm working to have the book completely done and shipped by Christmas, but February 1st is our absolute deadline for release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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