ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE OF LITERATURE JAN-FEB-MAR 2022 (Vol V, Issue XXV) | Article Published on: 7TH JAN 2023 | www.demodemagazine.com
The best book to read in the spring is one that speaks to you and your interests. Whether it's a classic novel or a contemporary bestseller, the most important thing is that you enjoy what you're reading.
'JUSTICE & JUDGEMENT HORROR TALES' BY AUTHOR FREDERICK WILLIAMS
'NAFIS AND THE COLOURFUL HALLWAYS' BY AUTHOR ALESSANDRO NICCOLI
'IDYLLS OF THE NYMPHAI: FROM A MANTIC CORACLE' BY AUTHOR HARRY MATTHEWS
'BLOOD AND DUST' BY AUTHOR J.C. PAULSON
'WHAT IF JESUS WERE A COACH?' BY AUTHOR MICHAEL TAYLOR
'WHELM' BY AUTHOR AIMEE MEHEDEN-FRIESEN
'THE ZERO-SUM GAME OF YOU' BY AUTHOR ROSA L ANTONINI
'AMONG THE PINES' BY AUTHOR MATT ANDERSON
'HEIR TO THE EMPIRE: THE NEXT GENERATION' BY AUTHOR JONATHAN TAYLOR
1. 'JUSTICE & JUDGEMENT HORROR TALES' - BY AUTHOR FREDERICK WILLIAMS
"Frederick Williams is the author of Justice & Judgement Horror Tales. In his latest sci-fi, you'll read horror tales that bring all essences to life and death. Always be careful what you ask and read for and you just might get it and like it!"
The riveting modern horror anthology is unsettling yet unputdownable. Stylistic horror is full of shocks and surprises. Frederick Williams has mastered the art of sardonic writing and palpable storytelling with stories such as No One Gets Away, Master A Being, The Last Nation, Masters of Self Saviors, The Last Day For All, and many more. A diverse collection of literary thought-provoking and disturbing short stories. The author begins his stories with “fairly mundane” details and when you’re least expecting it, hits you with a hammer right on the head. Stories that will scare and take your soul.
'Two Sentence Horror Stories' is another book written by Author Frederick Williams. Unbelievable, terrific, pure horror blood bathing, and cold bodies are a few of many words you will be driving into from Frederick Williams’ Two Sentence Horror Stories. It’s a tale of forty different two-sentence horror stories that is more than enough to keep you scared awake at night. These tales will start gripping your soul one by one as you keep reading. And before it ends, it'll take your soul and never let go.
'Tales From The Rapers' is the 3rd book written by Author Frederick Williams. Tales From The Rapers explores and details the theme of abuse, racism, crime, and dystopia in a pure horror setting. The Author’s modern and unembellished prose trails the reader through an eerie sinister world of insanity. Increasingly shocking and gut-wrenching gothic, absurd storytelling and short story writing at its finest.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR FREDERICK WILLIAMS
As long as horror exists, I exist and no one gets away.” This is the common theme that echoes throughout all of Frederick Williams’ tales of horror, science fiction, fantasy, justice, and judgment. It is clear that Frederick Williams is not of this world. For over 20 years Frederick served as a student learning the laws and principles of creation, nature, the universe, and mathematical thinking, and all of his stories are rooted in that knowledge.
What makes Frederick Williams’ Horror Stories unique is that he applies laws and principles of knowledge in his horror stories. His stories are written to make the reader think of horror mathematically. Horror is to have purpose, intelligence, justice, and karma. The common premise of horror, present, and past, is based on emotions. Frederick removes the emotions and replaces them with natural fear. That alone takes the fright level into uncharted territory. Horror is simple, direct, yet naturally poetic. This is what is missing in this genre. We have seen the same vicious cycle of the same stories told differently. It is clear that Frederick is carving a lane of his own.
He was born in South Carolina, raised in Capitol Heights, Maryland, and lived in Kansas City with his four children and former wife. He also lived in New Jersey for a couple of years and now lives in Arkansas with his current wife Cherleena and son Elijah. Frederick’s current plans are to have a writing consulting business teaching how to tap into your individual creative imagination in a natural and mathematical way.
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2. 'NAFIS AND THE COLOURFUL HALLWAYS' - BY AUTHOR ALESSANDRO NICCOLI
"The ‘novel’ about Nafis leave behind centuries of history and speaks to readers of the 21st century. It tells us, in his long travel diary, that another Earth is possible…in a big reset. Nafis - accompanies the reader in understanding the consequences of man's presumption and greed."
From pandemic to normality, In this book by Author Alessandro Niccoli, read about the great revolution of a 13-year-old boy, Nafis. Skinny has green eyes and his hair is disheveled. He lives in a big city in Southern Europe. It’s the 21st century at the beginning of a worldwide pandemic and the fourth technological revolution that marks a point of no return. Poor lifestyles, and senseless consumption of goods misunderstood as happiness, pollution, and destruction cause Nafis to have a serious existential crisis. In this context, the boy experiences the rebellion of nature, which is the true protagonist of the book, in a whirlwind of emotions. One day, in a park in his smoky city, a ray of light strikes across his eyes and changes their color. From that moment onwards, Nafis decides to change his life; nothing will be the same again.
He returns to live in the woods in a continuous adventure with faithful human and animal friends, where they walk together listening to prosperous past and present lives, in the symphony of nature. Nafis explores his dreams, imagination, friendships, and feelings, and gradually finds the strength that he had lost; he rediscovers the incredible abilities of the mind thanks to the energy he derives from his landscapes, which are masterfully illustrated.
Thanks to practicing ancient disciplines in nature, like a warrior, Nafis wages a peaceful war with words as powerful as swords, to awaken ideas, emotions, and the masses, rediscovering a wonderful world that needs to be defended, towards a new era.
After reading the novel in Italian, my mother tongue, and in Spanish, I decided to read it also in English to be able to better appreciate it since I liked it. The notes on the most unusual terms that explain their meaning are very welcome, as they allow to enrich the reader's lexicon. As for the plot that I find original and the narrative style, the author has given his best. It is a book suitable for all age groups. There is little to change, I hope to read it in some other language too. - Luigi Ammirati.
This is an amazing story about a young boy that lives in modern days with the pandemic situation; everything was realistic and incredibly near to us, everything changed and we can change ourselves and our goal as Nafis. beautiful and inspirational story. - Roberta Giammarino.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR ALESSANDRO NICCOLI
Alessandro Niccoli was born in San Miniato on 2.1.1968. His interest in the commons prompted him to become a lawyer. He led political opposition in his city, to preserve the environment from over-building projects, and from the spread of herbicides and poisons from local industry.
In 2013 he participated in a literary competition with the short story: "Walking, your spirit dreamed", published in the book "Tales of the Via Francigena", ed. Del Bucchia. In 2019 it was released in bookstores with “L'odore delle Rose” published by Europa Edizioni.
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3. 'IDYLLS OF THE NYMPHAI: FROM A MANTIC CORACLE' - BY AUTHOR HARRY MATTHEWS
"Idylls of the Nymphai from a Mantic Coracle is Harry Matthews' seventh poetry collection. In it, the author takes us on a journey with the Nymphs from the vantage point of a mantic coracle."
Idylls of the Nymphai from a Mantic Coracle is the 7th poetry collection by Harry Matthews. The poems concerning the Nymphai, the author informs us, were inspired by a peculiarly mantic coracle on the River Severn, in Shropshire, England- an eminent past-time, whose legendary hospitality and insights the author has frequently enjoyed.
The book is a collection of 45 short and interesting poems with a rhyme scheme, irregularly grouped, each with a unique taste to offer. Each poem will resonate deeply with its imagery of sunsets, rivers, and the unbearable absence of the Beloved. The book is so well written that the readers can connect on many levels.
It's the seventh poetry book by the author so you can expect the book to be one of the best, with his experience in the art of poetry. When you pick up the book you won't be able to put it down without finishing. The poems are smooth and easy to read. It’s a literary masterpiece by the author who says: “Theocritus called his pastoral poems “idylls” (‘short poems’), particularly on a rustic theme. The Nymphai (Nymphs) were female spirits of the natural world- of the forests, rivers, springs, meadows, mountains, and seas. They say a load of a man is his coracle…a symbol for a spiritual journey, but also wholeness and completion; the surrender of one’s life to God.” The author brings forth verses narrating the lives of mythological characters with a witty, contemporary twist. These verses are beautifully written and make you experience feelings of tranquillity and laughter.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR HARRY MATTHEWS
Author Harry Matthews has established his place as a young English poet with an emerging international reputation, combining poetic creativity with artistic flair. His poems carry the vital forces of England, even if as a poet he writes in the Shropshire countryside, detached from literary London. His poetry contains every fruitful, every liberating thought imaginable. The initiated acknowledge his work to be a fascinating mixture of adventure, autobiography, philosophy, and Greek mythology. He has a chameleon-like ability to write poems in almost every verse form with stylistic and technical achievement: from Ghazals to Italian Quatrains to English Odes. His travels in India and Europe have influenced his work.
He is known for his travel book ‘A Whimsical Journey Through India’ (Jul'21), which re-imagines his youthful meanderings around India as an easy-going modern-day explorer, in an intimate and entertaining travelogue. Since its publication he has published the seventh collection of poems, ‘Idylls of the Nymphai from a Mantic Coracle’ (November 2021).
After 15 years of learning to write, by 2020 his focus shifted to poetry for publication. His first book ‘Sonarification’ was written in a month (June 2020). His second book ‘Twynd’ was written in July 2020; ‘Hyperion’ in August; ‘Woodwose’ in September; ‘The Lost Shadow of Things’ in October; ‘True to the God in You’ in November. His books are published by Harry Art Publishing.
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4. 'BLOOD AND DUST" - BY AUTHOR J.C. PAULSON
"Blood and Dust by Joanne Paulson is a masterwork. Historical fiction of the wild west during the post-civil war era, it captures the complexity of a period fraught with uncertainty and hardship. Relationships are formed out of mutual need and self-preservation. Through it all, Paulson delivers a narrative with such heart and intimacy that the reader feels as though they are making new friends along the way."
James Sinclair is on the run, hunted like an animal.
An innocent encounter with a young woman leads to horrific allegations by a powerful man. Before he can take a breath, a friend smuggles him out of 1880s Toronto, Canada via the remnants of the Underground Railroad and out into the wilderness.
James has never been on the back of a horse before. But now, he's riding hard for the Canadian west, fighting raiders, meeting hobos, and befriending Métis traders and beautiful women.
He must find a new home. He wants to find love. But the long reach of a wealthy industrialist could not just scuttle all his plans; it could also end his life.
Blood and Dust is a thrilling ride that roams across half a nation in its wild early days. Its breathtaking pace and high passion will keep you captivated until the last page.
Things take a turn for the worse just as James Sinclair is settling into a new profession and a new love. But as they say, no good deed goes unpunished. He’s accused of something he didn’t do. A very powerful man and in the 1880s, a young man’s word just doesn’t hold up. Forced to leave behind everything and everyone he knows, he sets out for adventures he never dreamed of in the Wild West. This story grabs your heart and stays in your head long after you’ve turned the last page.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR J.C. PAULSON
At three in the morning seven years ago, J.C. Paulson awakened with a start — as she had every night for several months. These were dark times.
A job loss. A father’s impending death. A frightening accident. Insomnia and worry.
But this awakening was different. This time, a handsome police officer and a ufiieuruyurueudu-hueuauded reporter were meeting over a bishop’s body. This time, the entire plot of the novel was dancing in her sleep-deprived brain. I will never remember this in the light of morning, she thought. But she did. 18 months later, Adam’s Witness, her first mystery and love story, was born. Paulson decided she could not wait to query the book and dove into self-publishing. Three more novels and a novella in the Adam and Grace series followed, and another book is in the works. The published mystery works include Broken Through, Fire Lake, Griffin’s Cure, and Two Hundred Bones; the work in progress is tentatively entitled The Maddox Verdict. Yet when she was writing book four, Griffin’s Cure, she hit the wall: writer’s block. While she wrestled with this frustration, her husband had his own nightmare, his own strange awakening. Write this down for me, he asked. Help me make sense of it.
The nightmare became a novel of its own, in an entirely different genre: historical fiction, a western...with a touch of romance tucked inside. Blood and Dust wrapped Paulson in its thrall, and it ultimately made its way to the offices of Black Rose Writing, a Texas publisher.
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5. 'WHAT IF JESUS WERE A COACH?' - BY AUTHOR MICHAEL TAYLOR
"Be guided by the master teacher, Jesus Christ, and Coach Michael Taylor, and see that there's so much more to spirituality than doctrines. In this book, you'll find a refreshing, new, and positive approach to religion and Christianity that aims to inspire you to find the truth and set yourself free!"
Begin Your Spiritual Journey and Self-Discovery but Without the Usual Religious Doctrines That Surround Christianity - Go At Your Own Pace and Find Yourself With This Positive Approach to Christianity!
Would you consider yourself spiritual but not necessarily religious? Do you want to connect with a higher power but without being barred by religious dogma and doctrines?
There are many people that are hesitant to pursue their spiritual journey because of the strict religious doctrines surrounding Christianity that don’t coincide with their personal views. But what if I told you that you can still connect with a higher power and achieve inner peace through spirituality without the strict rules?
In this book, you’ll find a refreshing, new, and positive approach to religion and Christianity that aims to inspire you to find the truth and set yourself free! In this book, you'll discover:
A new perspective: All you need to do is open your mind and by the end of this book you'll discover a brand new and refreshing outlook on religion and life!
For anyone: You don't have to be religious, or even believe in god to benefit from the valuable lessons in this book.
Inner peace: Discover yourself, achieve your dreams, and connect with a higher power. Be surrounded by the teachings of Jesus and be guided into a brighter and better life.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR MICHAEL TAYLOR
At the age of twenty-three Coach Michael Taylor was living the American Dream. He had gotten married, purchased his first home, had 2.5 kids, and by society’s standards, he had succeeded. Within six and a half year time frame, his American Dream turned into the American nightmare, as he experienced, divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, depression, and being homeless for two years living out of his car.
During the darkest period of his life, he received a miracle. He was sitting up late one night because he was too depressed to sleep. As he sat there staring at the books, this question popped into his mind; “Michael, what if you took all of the energy and effort you’ve used in trying to get rich, and channeled that energy into figuring out how to be happy?”
As a result of asking himself that question, he began an amazing journey of transformation in which he began reading books on personal development, psychology, metaphysics, philosophy, and spirituality. After several years, he was able to rebuild his life and he decided to share the lessons he learned along his journey with others by writing a book. Even though he had no experience or training in writing, he made a commitment to himself that he would complete his book and have it published. After completing his manuscript, he sent it to 60 different publishers and received 60 different rejections. Not to be discouraged, he decided he would figure out how to publish his book himself.
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6. 'WHELM' - BY AUTHOR AIMEE MEHEDEN-FRIESEN
"Whelm" by Aimee Meheden-Friesen is a heartfelt story that follows Audra Filigree who's come at a point in her life where nothing makes sense. Audra is a beautiful lady who comes from a wealthy family, but she leaves it behind for her boyfriend Dalton who brings her nothing but misery, anxiety, and mental trauma. The book is more like a self-help guide that sends a powerful message to all the readers out thereno matter what life throws at you, you got to be tough and find your path to self-discovery."
WHELM isn’t your typical romance novel. Overall it is a pretty dark story dealing with some really important issues that unfortunately are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Author Aimee Meheden-Friesen states she’s had people close to her deal with a variety of mental health struggles, and from time to time she’s dealt with depression herself. The book is overly dramatized for the purpose of storytelling, but she wanted to push the message that the perfect life of material excess that many people idealize isn't necessarily perfect for everyone and that sometimes it takes walking away from everything to gain a new perspective. She also hoped to help normalize these types of mental health struggles to help take the stigma out of them. It is her belief that at some point in our lives, most of us struggle with expectations.
The book’s protagonist Audra Filigree is rich and beautiful. She has the so-called perfect boyfriend and is sailing through life, living the North American dream. But when that false veil of perfection crumbles, her whole world falls apart in a heartbeat. Despite her privilege, her life no longer feels right and she dissolves into a full-fledged panic attack. Not knowing what else to do, Audra starts walking with no clear destination in mind. Battling mounting anxiety and unrealized depression, she continues walking on a journey of self-discovery and in rebellion against the life she begins to realize was never what she wanted for herself. Along the way, she learns who her true friends are and the real meaning of love.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR AIMEE MEHEDEN-FRIESEN
Writing has been Aimee Meheden - Friesen's passion for as long as she can remember. As a young girl, she would write fully-illustrated mystery or adventure tales about her pets that she describes as delightfully cringe-worthy. Yes, her mama still has all of them and no, you can’t see them. As a teen, she got muoi re serious about it and wrote constantly: journals, short stories, and even a novella. She dreamed of becoming an author. But she lacked the self-confidence to pursue it, and instead took first-year pharmacy in university thinking that would give her career stability. Although she did always liked science, she hated the program and ultimately dropped out. It just wasn’t her thing. All she got out of that year was the credit she did in Women’s Literature and a letter inviting her to join the Honours English program which remained a lingering regret.
Years later, Aimee resumed her post-secondary studies but it was again to further her administrative career instead of her passion. She went part-time and finally graduated college with diplomas in both Occupational Health and Safety and Human Resources Management. Yay! Her kids were getting where they were old enough that they didn’t need her as much. Between this and finishing her education, she needed a new hobby so she picked up writing again. She still had this idea in mind from her teen years, so she pulled out those first dusty six chapters she had written way back when out, had a good laugh, completely rewrote them, and thus began WHELM.
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7. 'THE ZERO-SUM GAME OF YOU' - BY AUTHOR ROSA L ANTONINI
"A "Zero-Sum Game of You" is an inner newly discovered journey that equips you with the right amount of knowledge and applications to elevate yourself as a person to thrive in all areas of your life. Treating life choices as a game and being accountable in the process is an honest reminder that each of us has control of most of our life's outcomes."
Have you ever felt like you have been running for hours but are not able to get anywhere? Are you exhausted from trying to climb a ladder created by society, culture, beliefs, or social media? Have you felt empty and without purpose? The Zero-Sum Game of You will show you how to get rid of anything holding you back and help you design your path to success and happiness regardless of where you are today.
In-game theory, there is a concept known as a zero-sum game. A zero-sum game is a situation where one player’s gains are equal to another player’s losses. As a result, the net of the transaction is zero. At the end of a zero-sum game, there is no doubt about the winner or loser. What if there were a different type of code zero-sum game? What if there was a game you could always win without depriving someone else of something? What if all the other zero-sum game players were irrelevant and the only one that counts is you? Welcome to the Zero-Sum Game of You.
In this book, Rosa explains an individual’s internal battles in the form of a game. She compares how the human mind and perceptions function under its own set of code, and this human programming becomes the driving force to the individual’s outcome. She believes that a person can reprogram themselves just like software code can be modified to perform in different ways. This transformation can happen if an individual is willing to adopt a new way of thinking and learn to manage their perceptions and emotions which leads to a new way of behaving; ultimately improving their lives, relationships, and everything around them.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR ROSA L ANTONINI
Rosa L. Antonini is a devoted philanthropist and Software Engineer. Throughout the years, she noticed the similarities between human behavior and software engineering. She is deeply passionate about helping others open their minds and hearts to live a life of self-fulfillment. Her debut book, The Zero-Sum Game of you, came to her as an inspiration born from her sense of gratitude. This book is a combination of over twenty years of practicing metaphysics and software engineering experience.
Author Rosa graduated as a Pharmacist in the Dominican Republic and later became a Software Engineer with a master’s degree in Information Systems in the United States. She is the first in her family to go to college, for which she thanks her parents. Her mother especially, for working multiple manual labor jobs which enabled Rosa to receive an education. Author Rosa hopes to build multiple programs in different countries, including the US, to help young adults by providing them with the necessary tools internally and externally. She has a strong desire to identify ways to help decrease others' suffering. She believes that education and knowledge are key factors for an individual’s success and freedom. She considers that a strong mindset with defined core values and goal-setting strategies are the best weapons to prevent becoming a pawn in someone else’s game. One of her goals with this book is to provide the reader with the necessary practical tools to enable them to take control of their lives to build their success on their own terms.
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8. 'AMONG THE PINES' - BY AUTHOR MATT ANDERSON
"The 276-page collection of 15 stories combining fantasies, nightmares, and tragedies will make you hooked to your seat till the very last paragraph of the book. As you go through the stories you will find shocking horrifying revelations and unanswered discoveries set through the seasonal decades of the author's native place. Among The Pines by Matt Anderson is a perfect partner, for all horror, mystery, and suspense lovers those who love reading in trains, cafeteria, Binge reading, travel, office /school."
“Drawing upon the horrors and grim fantasies of contemporary weird fiction authors as well as folklore and history, Matt Anderson offers his first collection of short stories. This collection contains fifteen nightmares, fantasies, and tragedies set entirely in Minnesota. These stories take the reader through the seasons, through the decades, and through the ever-watchful woods on an expedition of unsettling discoveries and horrific revelations.”
With Among The Pines, I wanted to write a series of stories that showed how long the shadows of the unknown and obscure can reach, spanning all seasons, and all years. I wanted to show that the people in Minnesota when placed in mysterious, tragic, or dire situations often act as people; that is to say, they may act with courage, with fear, with malignancy, like anybody else.
The book (Among The Pines) is an exceptionally well-articulated and lucidly written collection of short stories which is based entirely in his hometown Minnesota. I will not share anything about the story, or protagonists of this book as I believe it diminishes the hard sweaty effort of the author to mesmerize the audience and readers with his / her writing style. Starting from the book title, the cover, the color, the theme, and the 276-page collection of 15 stories combining fantasies, nightmares, and tragedies will make you hooked to your seat till the very last paragraph of the book.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR MATT ANDERSON
Matt has been fascinated with writing fiction since he was six years old, when the dream to become an author was first ingrained. Even when he was that young, he had wanted to make his mark on the world as an author, understanding that the written word, from its first birth as prehistoric cave paintings and cuneiform script, jhkaj ve been a signature of the human species. He has spent much of the past two decades, however, either writing fiction without the intention of publishing, practicing with language and style, or simply because he tried to simultaneously take on multiple projects with little progress. Within the past decade, he decided to restructure his personal lifestyle, to try to be himself, to be more confident and less pessimistic – not merely about his writing career but about the world – and, so far, this has seemed to help his writing in great strides.
Although Author Matt has won awards for his writing in middle school and high school, he has been too afraid of submitting his stories to any actual contests or anthologies, whether they are local or much more strenuous and competitive international feats. Rejection is a horror all its own, and it remains to be formidable and difficult to overcome. Writers must be brave enough to work through the voices of critics, and the voice inside themselves. 'Among The Pines' is his only published work to date, but he is constantly working on his next projects. And he is becoming more confident in submitting his works to various publishers and global magazines.
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9. 'HEIR TO THE EMPIRE: THE NEXT GENERATION' - BY AUTHOR JONATHAN TAYLOR
"The story is about Martha, who always admired her veteran father. She always dreamt to set her father's example but it could only be possible if she gets selection in the premium military academy."
The initial idea for my authorial debut, Heir To The Empire: The Next Generation, actually started out as an offshoot of a different story. One of the characters in that story was a writer, and I was wondering what kind of stories she would write. The concept I developed regarding what her work would be was initially based on the idea of child soldiers. Nowadays it seems like a cut-and-dry problem no one should ever consider, particularly in wealthy nations, but a quick glance throughout history will reveal a lot more ambiguity surrounding the topic, and that particular ambiguity was something I think said writer character, who also was a teen-aged adventurer with a history of mental illness, would find worth exploring. Over time, as I started wondering what causes the ambiguity, and how various countries or communities would make such a practice not just legal, but justified, I realized the story had too much potential to leave in the hypothetical future of some franchise I hadn’t even begun to write yet, so I started writing it myself. Instead of a story about an ongoing war, I decided to write about a cosmopolitan post-war society still dealing with the cleavages the war has left behind. While not officially a part of the curriculum, part of my characters’ education as officers is to learn to work alongside other students, accept their differences and find out how their strengths would best work together. The book is aimed much more at how the cadets, my main characters and others, get to know and learn to trust each other, through their common experiences and the hardships they overcome together.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR JONATHAN TAYLOR
The boy who would become Jonathan Taylor was born in 1992 to white-collar parents from blue-collar backgrounds. He grew up in Eastern Europe in a time of important and at times dramatic changes in the world around him. He adjusted to his new and ever-changing world by keeping an open mind and taking in as much of his surorioundings as possible. In his attempts to understand the world, he also created various short stories and other narratives throughout his early life, to make sense of what was going on around him. Not all of his stories found their way to paper, or any written form, in fact, most didn’t. His mind kept turning and adjusting the stories that mattered to him, always exploring different perspectives and insights into the world. He soon turned his attention to writing essays, delving more deeply and intricately into particular topics and discussion points that attracted his attention. Outside of his writing and creative endeavors, he was an exemplary child. Dutiful in his schoolwork, kept himself out of trouble and bad crowds, and always attempted to be on good behavior. His goal as a storyteller has morphed over his time at the university as well.
Outside of his writing, Jonathan Taylor enjoys discussing philosophy, history, and politics, as well as a variety of other topics. He also spends much of his time reading, be it literature, news, scientific articles, or summaries, as well as analyzing, comparing, and contrasting various stories, be they in audio, written, or visual form. His aim as a writer is to be able to sustain himself based solely on his writing.
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