To tell the story of how proud I am of her for this next step in her writing career, I have to go all the way back to the beginning.
Breanna, or as I call her Tali(We are both huge Mass Effect fans), got stuck with me about five years back. At the time I was finishing up my MFA and was literally owned by the great and lovely Kaylie Jones who had me 40 hours a week on an internship and an additional 20 as a graduate assistant. One day while slaving away at building the ground work for Kaylie Jones Books in my mother’s basement(I know such a writer cliche), I get a phone call from Kaylie.
As had become my custom I watched the phone ring for about ten seconds pondering what task was about to get added to my list that I had titled First Thing Needing Done(The list had well over 40 things on it at one point). I took a deep breath and answered that call.
“Justin, I have a couple of young writers here who like writing sci-fi. I told them I don’t know shit about that but I know a guy who does. Would you be okay with me giving them your information?”
Of those young writers, Breanna was the only one with the fortitude to survive me. I put her through the paces(Good old Stephen King’s On Writing) and kicked her writing teeth in when necessary. Somehow though she has stuck around. I was always tough on her and explained that a day would come when she’d face down publishers and editors(worse yet, reviewers) who don’t care about the blood, sweat, and tears a writer puts into their work so if she didn’t have thick skin she wouldn’t make it.
Over the past five years Breanna has become a nearly daily correspondent in my life, and has grown from fledgling writer into a valued friend of mine. I’ve told her from the beginning that my goal was to give her everything I learned, and to make her better than me. With this short glimpse for the world to see her brilliance, I do believe we can all agree the student is closing in on the mentor.
One month from today is March 25th 2014. On that day my first novel, Foamers, will release. This is the first book in my post-apocalyptic series called The Primal Age Chronicles. For those of you who have been following the progress of this process with me I thank you, as well as my publishers: Akashic Books, and Kaylie Jones Books, for making this possible. Also a huge thank you to Laurie Powers for designing this amazing cover.
Here is what other people have been saying about Foamers:
“When a screwed-up flu vaccine mutates sixty percent of humanity into mindless beasts, ‘Trust your intelligence’ becomes the leitmotif of a group of survivors. Fast-moving, violent, and vividly imagined, Foamers creates a dangerous world made disquietingly believable.”
—David Poyer, author of Stepfather Bank and The Cruiser
Foamers, the first novel in The Primal Age Chronicles, has been picked up by Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books. Currently it is slated for release in the Spring of 2014. So, in preparation for said release, I have been trying to come up with promotional gear, such as key chains, magnets, stickers, shirts and coasters. My thought would be a survival tip on one side and a simple logo on the other. I’ve been working with the lovely and talented Carly Kent(Contact me if you are looking for a Graphic Designer) on some basic logos to use, and we’ve come up with four of them. We each have our favorites, but since you have all be so helpful with the Smack Down brackets, and picking the cheetah name in one of my short stories, I wanted to bring the decision to you. Below are your four choices, please vote for the corresponding number in the poll box at the bottom.
Well folks, today I signed my first contract for the opening novel of The Primal Age Chronicles titled: Foamers. I look forward to introducing all of you to my characters. I am thrilled to be taking such a big step down this path, and can’t express enough thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way. Special thanks to my mentor, Kaylie Jones, and Akashic Books for making this possible. Please check back often for updates(or other fun things) on the site. Thank you again to everyone.