Soon to be Released: The Wasteland (My 1st novel!)
To say this book is a labor of love is an understatement.
It is a hodge-podgity mix of my life in symbolic form over the past three years. Running through all the fictional scenarios are undercurrents of truth and real life. No, not all the characters represent a living person, but some of them do. And whether or not they were based on someone I’ve lived among, each character has grown on me until I feel I know what they would do or say in a particular situation.
This is where fiction starts to get interesting. The characters take on a life and a voice of their own. They start dictating the outcome of the book and the author can just relax and listen!
That’s how this book worked itself out for me. I still feel it isn’t perfect, but there comes a time when you must let go. This is true for all of life, I feel. When the work is done…perfect or not…you let it go and you move on to whatever is next.
So, out of faith, I’m releasing this book to be whatever it turns out to be. Maybe it’s too dramatic or dark or confusing or wordy…or maybe…just maybe it’s something that can draw you in and open your eyes. Maybe it’s a story you can get lost in…an entire world you can picture in your head.
I started writing in a blind way. I tried to control the process and wrote an entire thing. Then the next year, I omitted about half of that and walked a new road with these characters. This is how the book began to take its own shape.
I want “The Wasteland” to encompass issues like equality and justice. For me, it’s about more than just a love triangle or amnesia…it’s about how we stereotype certain people or groups; how we think we can’t relate to others because they’re “different” or too far removed from our own walk of life. With all my heart, I want to change that! I want to live a life that breaks through man-made barriers; a life that refuses to be held within borders.
I want to fly by faith. I want to live without expectation or preconceived notions.
I don’t want to expect that people should be the way I think they should be. I want to accept who they actually are and understand why they think the way they do.
To walk a mile in someone else’s shoes is incredibly conducive to my own growth.
So, one undercurrent in this novel is that of breaking social boundaries. The challenge to truly open your eyes, for heaven’s sake! Look and really see who people are. Whether they are American or Indian or Haitian or Philipino…can’t you see we are all human?
And can you value what a miraculous creation we all are?
The other undercurrent is the concept of how a family can be pieced together. How people can be grafted in to one another’s lives and hearts. We can become so close that it’s as if we were meant to be this way all along.
And finally, how love has the capacity to conquer all! The love between a man and a woman can last forever. It can live on after death…or it can be tainted and stain us in life-altering ways. Love can cause us to sacrifice ourselves beyond what we once thought capable…yet we gladly, willingly, wholly concede to it.
If you’re looking for a summary of the book, I can give you a bit now:
It starts off with young love, so innocent; un-jaded. And a girl who idolizes her grandfather. But the world they live in is segregated. It is wrought with the age-old battle between good and evil.
We skip ahead and realize this same young girl has grown up and is now lost, without memory of who she is, and she’s running from something. She realizes she’s in a wasteland; a barren, ugly, ruthless place. After some serious torment, she runs desperately for shelter in a forest. This is where she is found by people who live in a small tribe there. They take her in and she begins to love their way of life although it is the furthest thing from her own.
As her memory returns, so does her capacity to love. And unfortunately, so does the evil that is pursuing her. She remembers why she was running. She remembers who is after her and that they are uncomfortably close.
There are hardly any more of her “kind” left.
Welcome to a world far removed from our own. To a place with an ancient past, underground tunnels, Commoners, Guardians, Royals, and Demons…Kings and Queens and secret hideaways. This is a world where people live for hundreds of years and where pure blood is the difference between healing or hell on earth.
Join me here! Get swept away with me…grow with me…
Let’s do this together. I’m so glad to have you along for the ride!