Currently there is an Amazon promotion for my novel “The Boy in The Wood”. The promotion that is running is a free copy of the Kindle version. So why the promotion? To get my name out there and give people a chance to read my work so that they will talk about it and perhaps others will buy that book or my other books.
So what is “The Boy in The Wood” about? It is a psychological thriller, the antagonist is a woman whose glass tower life has crashed and her reaction is anything but human. But her reaction has deep roots and from those roots branches reach out to her current life. But the story is not about her, she is the catalyst that pushes the protagonist into doing the right thing and she also forces the boys in the story to look deep within themselves to discover who they are inside.
The Wood, although personified is not evil or good, it is what you the reader wants to make of it. I have had many tell me this or that about The Wood, which is good because The Wood is what each person NEEDS it to be.
The story itself has some truth in it. We did lose our home in 2007 to Countrywide, although we were not in default, and what happens to one of the boys was a reflection of what happened to me. The adventures the boys have are the adventures many boys have, well before the advent of video games and all things that keep kids trapped inside a home. Some of the adventures related in the novel are pulled from my own childhood.
“The Boy in The Wood” is my first novel, and I did not use an editor, a huge mistake. After it was published I did have my editor (I brought one on board for my next two projects) look it over, he assisted in the revision. After several attempts I now have this “finished” revision.
The story contains two characters that are unchanged from my childhood, The Fat man and The Voice. These two people are exactly as they were when I encountered them as a child.
The relationship between the boys is also based in my childhood, but each boy encompasses many boys I knew at different times. Two of the boys have a lot of me in them. Because of that it was difficult to write about the relationship and adventures the boys have in the book, I was attempting to write about some good memories but from a distant viewpoint. So the story is very near to my heart.
Although the story is a psychological thriller, it is also a story of love of family, brothers and the love of a father to his sons. I personally never felt my birth father’s love, I did feel his hate, so in the story I project my love that I have for my sons into the father, it is how I am despite my dad. I believe the changes I made as an adult allowed me to put on a different personality than that of my dad. Although I also believe that I have such disgust for my dad that I never wanted to reflect who he was. So in the story I pulled from my own adult life experience and wrote the dad in the story as the dad I am today and the dad I wish I had as a child.
The story is far different than most psychological thrillers, it will not end the way anyone expects it to end. In fact some readers have told me they had to read the last chapter twice to be sure what they read was correct. There are a few places that will make it difficult to read so keep that in mind.
At the end is what I call the Author’s Reflection, an application of some of the metaphors in the story.
I hope you enjoy reading “The Boy in The Wood” and keep in mind the promotion ends tomorrow Friday the 24th, so spread the word, repost to your Facebook wall and Re-Tweet to all, I doubt there will be another promotion like this for “The Boy in The Wood”.
Enjoy and thanks to all my readers.