Sunday, November 10, 2013

Guest Post: Christopher Reardon

by Christopher Reardon 

Paperback: 264 pages

Publisher: Alpha Wolf Publishing
October 1, 2013

ISBN-10: 0615897789
ISBN-13: 978-0615897783

A child will die. You're afraid to live. Would you go to all lengths to save him? Darkness knows no bounds, as Alcott, an African American doctor sees all too well. The man is petrified by death. His fragile existence rests at the mercy of the universe. This fact is far too much for him to handle. From unyielding nightmares to elevator terrors, he's lost in paranoia. 

Assigned to look after an ill child, Alcott's horrors only heighten. Gari is a nine-year-old boy with a fatal disease. He will surely pass on within the year. Alcott bonds with him more and more each day. Part of him knows this grim fate just isn't right. 

Alcott befriends a hospital patient. This lunatic forces him to lug home an ancient text on bringing back the dead. Despite the man's obvious dementia, Alcott attempts the scheme. Charging up a cliff, he recites the chant over ocean gusts. 

A god woman glides in from the horizon. She instructs Alcott on the trials to save Gari's life. These fearsome Obstacles require true strength. From battling sharks to wielding a flail, he must prove fortitude against genuine danger. Alcott decides his fate at this moment. 

Death's claws shall not grasp Gari's soul.

Guest Post: Inspiration for Writing
There is no way I could have written OBSTACLES if I didn't really like what I was doing. Writing a book was A LOT harder and more time consuming than I ever thought it would be. Everyone seems to have written one, so how hard can it be? That was my mindset before I started. I was completely off. I had no idea what I was in for.
Not only did I have to worry about a storyline, I had to worry about everything else too! Character development, reaction, facts, action, etc. all had to play a major part. It was almost impossible to pay attention to all those things and still make progress.
If I ever decided to change something, I had to go back and change EVERYTHING before that too. There was so much that had to go into every detail, I couldn't believe that so many people actually attempt to do this. As I kept going, I kept discovering new things. I thought of new ideas I never would have thought of in the first place. So, my book completely changed from what I thought it would be in the beginning. That was definitely my inspiration. I knew there would always be new directions I could take, and new ideas I would come up with.
I would definitely recommend writing a book. You always find new ways and adventures to create. Even when you think you're out of ideas, a billion more suddenly pop up. Nothing ever went as I planned it really; it was always transformed into some new creation. I'm really glad it did! I would hate to have everything all planned out. This made writing exciting every day; I never knew what was going to happen.

About the Author:
Christopher Michael Reardon is a writing fellow at a Michigan College where he's currently a student. He says you always learn something new about writing when tutoring other students. Reardon is always searching for exciting books to read, especially new authors. 

Reardon graduated with Honors from Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Michigan. He's also an avid tennis player, being on the varsity tennis team for four years. He received the honor of most valuable player his senior year at number one and two singles.

Obstacles is Reardon's first novel. He says fantasy adventure books have always been an interest, because they challenge the mind and send you on an epic journey.

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