A few weeks back I was able to take part in an interview focusing on my forthcoming novel A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception; as much as I enjoyed answering the questions set by David Snape, I was unable to speak much about the novel due to me having to withhold certain details such as its official release date. Well, with Royal James Publishing making the release date public, I am free to share a little bit more with you all about the novel and the False World Chronicles series.
The idea of the series bloomed during my years of study at Columbia College Chicago. In my studies there, I wrote a number of short stories for my classes and during the course of writing them, I noticed that even though each of these stories had different characters and settings, they were all connected by several key themes – consciousness and identity. At first I was aiming to write a collection of interconnected short stories with all of I wrote and ones I was still developing, however I felt like I could tell much more; I adore that format of storytelling but I felt wholly constricted by the limited word count. Though A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception, or what is was originally known as Static Rain, was not the first written in the series, I had a strong connection with its characters and the overall narrative which caused me to write it ahead of the others.
During the course of expanding the story, I had several setbacks in terms of my writing technique at the time. I grew quite frustrated and even considered dumping the entire concept. Four years and four versions later, I was finally satisfied with the now final version. In this time, my understanding of storytelling evolved and I obtained what I was sought for the most, my voice. The final version took only six months to compose since I had a clear idea of where I wanted to tell. During all of this, I ghostwrote fiction which allowed me to gain more experience with the less intricate and straight forward stories I worked on. My intentions were not to make A Space Between Worlds a duology at first, but I decided to do so because of the scale of Shanti and Reno’s arc and the all important theme of the story – reincarnation. I found I had more to tell about these characters and how it would open up the other novels down the line. The novel is told by a dual interconnecting narrative.
Now finished and polished to the best of my ability, I sought publication early this year. In this period, I obtained an agent after two weeks of submission and had the chance to be published by one of the Big 5; with the integrity of my story in hand, I declined. This is where I ran into a bit of a snag until Royal James Publishing decided to pick it up. I understood that not everyone would enjoy or understand the novel while I was writing it due to its ties heavy with philosophy, psychology, and mature themes overall, however I knew a number of readers would.
Currently, I am writing A Space Between Worlds Vol.2: Maranasati which will bring closure to Shanti and Reno’s arc. In terms of the remainder of the series, I only have plans to write three more novels of the main arc(Last Memento, A World Without Words, and Welkin Pandemonium.) a graphic novel entitled Innocent Rebirth, and a short story collection set in a particular arc.
If everything goes according to plan and schedule(I’m still ghostwriting as well so I’ll have other projects I’ll be working on along with my personal works.), you all will have stimulating speculative novels streaming in by myself for many years to come. I’m uncertain where my path will take me in the future, but I know I will always be writing. I’m simply glad I’m able to share all of my stories with you. Once they are in your hands, they are equally yours. I wouldn’t be able to write anything without those who I have met and those who I have yet to meet.
A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception will release on October 17 2016 by Royal James Publishing.