Xlibris Publishing returns with Mike Pearson, author of The Shattered Trinity.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
In 1996 I had a series of dreams over the course of six weeks where I would dream in sequence from one night to the next. I immediately recognised this was not normal, so I grabbed a notebook and would hammer out a backstory for the characters and situations I would observe in the dreams. I had an excellent English teacher at the time who would often praise me for my creativity and writing ability. Although I’d received some recognition for it in the past, this teacher really gave me the confidence to set out on the task of writing the whole novel. Not at any point did I feel like I would fail or that it would be too much work. It was a joy to put pen to paper whenever I could! I’ve written a series of blogs about how it all started if you’re interested.
Obviously, 1996 was a long time ago. In 2011 I hit a point in my career where I felt that I had both hit a dead end and that my talents were going to waste. I was working with lovely people, but all the niceness in the world can’t help you when you feel like you’re facing the dreaded quarter-life crisis that has become all too common for those lucky few of us who actually do manage to get a job straight out of university. I started the novel again from scratch and quit my job soon after. This book has been like my best friend ever since.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
It’s okay to be confused about life, but the doubt is the starting point, not the destination. Do not seek the answers you need by pleasing others, or avoiding that which is confronting and painful. Be willing to accept your own shortcomings so you can either seek help or work to improve yourself.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
I’ve mostly finished the second book in the trilogy. The characters and themes evolve as I evolve. The first book is about wrestling with doubt, which is more reflective of who I was five years ago. Now that I’m more confident in my own place in the world I’m finding it extremely gratifying to write a protagonist who has absolute unswerving confidence in his journey. Both the first and second book can be read independently and in either forward or backward sequence. I would never be able to write The Shattered Trinity at this point in my life. The third book is still in its planning stages but it is more or less worked out and is going to be essential in answering a lot of the questions readers will no doubt have after reading either of the first two books.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
I’m launching a Kickstarter page to promote the book and will be adding some extra goodies in the higher-tier reward levels as a once-off way of commemorating the book launch. I’m also doing a super fun project with the incredibly talented musician Creole Aeon called Prism Paths. It’s a choose your own adventure podcast. It’s an 80’s pulp science fiction adventure where you are trapped in a machine that was originally meant to record your dreams.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Having “quality time” is a myth. You can only choose to prioritise someone or something and devote all the time to it that you can. You can’t rush a story any more than you can rush a relationship. Spend time in the world that you have inside you, get to know its people, fall in love with it and nurture it. It will be obvious to the reader how much you care and that will be more than enough reason for them to do likewise.
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