Across Lakes of Sorrow
Welcome to the story and this journey. You may be coming in a little late (for those of you who are new to this) but I’ll try to get you up to speed so you can jump right in.
Across Lakes of Sorrow is the third piece in a larger tale called The Epic Forgotten, which is a gigantically-proportioned story delivered in four smaller “bites” (for easier digestion). The first book, The Girl in the Rain, was released in 2011 and the follow-up book, Through a Watery Veil, was released in 2013. This third book has a projected release date of early 2016, and may arrive into the hands of some of you by late this year (depending upon how well this project goes).
The Epic Forgotten follows the story of a heartbroken (but very strong) widow, Gwenn Chapel, who embarks on a crusade to discover the truth about her late husband’s death. Her only allies in this endeavor are a reclusive history professor, Dr. James Campbell, and a con man, Jeremy Connelly, who were both connected to her husband in their own unique way. The only clues left behind for her are scrawled in the pages of a journal, which details her husband’s descent into madness and losing his grip on this reality, as he faded slowly into another. Campbell insists that he suffered from a mental illness not unlike Dissociative Identity Disorder, while Gwenn holds to the belief that her husband actually made contact with another time and place through some means. Connelly has his own agenda – as always – and may be playing both sides for reasons yet unkonwn.
Without giving too much away, the first two books have followed the story of John Chapel, from his reckless youth to his troubled final days, with Gwenn and the Professor sifting through his narrative, unable to agree upon what was real and what was imagined. The pages of John’s journal detail not only his own life experiences, but those of another man who existed some 800 years ago, with incredible parallels to his own story. For this reason, Campbell clings to the notion that this “other man” was a fabrication of Chapel’s mind, but Gwenn believes that there are holes in the story that cannot be explained away with a “mental illness” diagnosis.
As we join our storytellers in the third book, something awful from John’s past has caught up with them all, bringing to light some things that will make the staunch atheist, Dr. Campbell, and the dedicated Catholic, Gwenn, question both of their beliefs. Also in question will be everything they thought they knew about the recently-departed John Chapel, and that perhaps none of them truly knew who he was.
GIVING LIFE TO THE STORY…
To date, I’ve funded the project entirely out of my own pocket and chosen the self-publishing route, as some of you know can be very costly. The writing and editing process, cover design, distribution and marketing has all been handled by yours truly. I had never considered the option of “crowdfunding” until finances started hindering my project and threatened to push it back (possibly indefinitely). I love being an author and delivering quality entertainment to my readers, I love doing book signings and supporting local fellow authors and independent book stores, but unfortunately as of late, I’ve had to slow my active pursuits in all of these things due to the rising costs.
After consideration, I’ve come to the realization that it only makes sense to share “both sides of the story” with you, the readers. Not just cracking open the book to enjoy the finished product, but having a hand in its creation and perhaps some “say” in its direction in the future. The story, after all, is written for all of you, should you not be included and invited to share in the creation process?
Take, for example, a movie (oh let’s just pick one, like Star Wars hehe). Of course we love the film and enjoy the work and time put into it, and we paid our two bucks to go see it (it was 1977 after all). But what if after the credits rolled, we saw our names up there on the screen and a special thanks from the director up there in lights? What if we went to our mailboxes and found a postcard from Mr. Lucas, thanking us for our support and our direct contribution? What if we felt the satisfaction of knowing that we had a hand in the making of the project and without us, there wouldn’t have been such a thing?
This helped me to understand what a program like this really means, using this analogy, and comprehending that it’s not a shameless handout, but a means for those who enjoy art – in all of its mediums – to play a larger role. That’s what I’m here to do, my dedicated (and newfound) readers.