A hundred years after The Event, the earth has become a vast, barren wasteland. In this dying world, seventeen-year-old Daren is the sole hunter for his village. But food is scarce, and it’s only a matter of time before they all die of hunger or worse…until he discovers a can of beans, new and pristine, as if fresh from a factory. Where did it come from? And will he discover its source in time to save his people?
Targeted Age Group:
16 to Adult
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
The most important thing in becoming a writer isn’t talent. It’s tenacity. There are thousands of promising writers who let their dreams die because they couldn’t barrel through the mental blocks or resist rejections. And most of the time your own worst enemy is yourself. I had to constantly swat away thoughts of “I’m a hack! I’m a hack!” all throughout my writing process. Writing has its delights but it can also be a slugfest especially when you think your book is utter garbage. But you have to put in the words every day even if it hurts to do it. Every day you’re being tested to see if you really think your dream is worth it. The Muse can be a sadistic sergeant in the authorial boot camp, but she rewards all writers who stick it out till the end.
As a kid I was blessed (or cursed) with a very rich imagination. I was a chronic daydreamer and I believed there had to be a good reason for it. I had to write to let everyone share in the rich, wonderful worlds I was weaving. What better way to vent out all the pixie dust clogging my head? As I got older, however, I was distracted by other, more practical pursuits. But writing never strayed far from my heart. Every time I’d read a book, I’d get the urge to write my own. Every time I’d watch a movie, my own novelized version would begin sprouting in my head. You know you’re truly meant to do something if that something refuses to let you go. I knew I’d never be happy unless I put pen to paper, finger pads to keypads and wrote my own book. So I did, and I had a sense of certainty I hadn’t felt since I was eleven. I am a writer, and my life is the better for it.