This project's funding goal was not reached on June 20, 2012.
About this project
Adventure, YA Fiction & Fantasy Fans -I'm looking for backers to get the first novel of a 4 book series printed...
I am looking for your gracious donations to print the first run of paperback books of Spektra: Primary Extinction, as well as bookmarks, postcards, posters and backer gifts to be distributed. The cover-art, chapter illustrations manuscript, and editing has already been provided by either myself and/or other gracious contributors who dream to see this story distributed.
The story was originally created for my hopeful, inspiring Oakland students and urban youth. Self-publishing has become my quickest option to making sure the story reaches these young reader's hands. The story and cover art for Spektra: Primary Extinction has been completed as well as the chapter illustrations. The book is ready for backers to move it into the formatting and printing phase.
Thank you Spektra protectors!
The first Spektra book follows three Oakland 6th graders who enter a foreign land hidden under the city's lake, Lake Merritt. The children discover friendly folk in this unusual place, where animal's thoughts can be read and where monstrous creatures threaten the livelihood of their new friends. It is in this hidden land where the Oakland kids learn of an endangered beast called Spektra. The survival of the precious Spektra, will put the young Oaklanders at crossroads. Will they put their life on the line for the endangered Spektra? And if needed will they risk the lives of an entire army just to save the Spektra species? When all hope seems lost, an ancient power within the young heroes will emerge to help them overcome their troubles.
I grew up writing short stories (dreaming of one day writing a novel) and doodling characters in the margins of my homework.
When it came time for college I put writing on the back-burner and pursued a career in the visual arts. After college I began working as a professional artist, exhibiting my artwork in San Francisco, Miami and NYC. Though I have been content with creating artwork, there was always something missing.
About four years ago I began teaching youth through an Oakland Non-profit. I am now creating & teaching art lessons for over 300 students in Oakland schools. The lessons also include California State Standards in the curriculum which helps integrate art into their academics.
Conversing with my students and observing them express their dreams and fears into their artwork, has changed my perspective on my creative work. Most of my students live in urban neighborhoods where poverty and violence has begun to carve deep wounds into their character. Though life grows troublesome, my students continue to stay inspired, taking pride in creating beautiful pieces of artwork. My students have taught me hope and heroism, something that I have only been able to express in a novel I wrote this past October, Spektra: Primary Extinction. It is the first book in a series which I am writing for my students and all youth that may feel unheard and forgotten in our urban neighborhoods.
(SPEKTRA: Primary Extinction chapter illustration)
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