Road to Publication #4: My Novel

FeaturedRoad to Publication #4: My Novel

Finally Time

Hi everyone! After finishing the fifth edit of my novel and finding actual free time, it’s time that I officially unveil (even if it’s not been published yet, still working on that) my novel to the world. Before now, only one person has read a portion of the book. Although I am not releasing a chapter (yet), I will be talking about it in great detail. So if you just so happen to be a literary agent, and I queried you but you still aren’t sure about what this book can be, this entry will clear the air for you.

So without delaying any further, I proudly introduce you to my novel.

The Impure

What is the Impure?

The Impure is a series of books that I am currently writing and in the process of querying to agents for the hope of getting it published one day. It is an urban fantasy novel that can be considered both Adult and New Adult. The Impure follows the stories of a group of people known as the Impure, they are gifted individuals with abilities like teleportation, fire conjuring, super strength, and everything in between.

Although the series is known as “The Impure,” the entire ark of the book follows a person named Oliver. Through events that occur in the book, he discovers that he can control time. With his newfound abilities, he encounters a representative of a group called “the Impure.” On the surface it is a school and sanctuary for people like Oliver to study and learn to control their powers in safety. Oliver eventually joins them and without spoiling the book, his adventure begins.

Over the course of the book, Oliver’s journey takes him around the world, to the war-torn country of Tarnaka to the familiar land of the United States. Over the course of the book, he discovers that an ancient evil has begun to make its return. It is now up to Oliver and the Impure to protect a world he thought to be normal.

History Behind the Book

When I graduated high school back in 2014, I spent some time on my family’s farm over the summer to think about what I wanted to do with my life. And honestly, I had no idea. As I passed the time there, I stumbled on a movie while browsing Netflix. A little movie called Click (yes, the movie with Adam Sandler). As I was watching the movie, it had aspects of controlling time and the movie played it out with a simplistic manner that it was actually believable. By the time the movie ended, an idea popped into my head. “What if I wrote a book that involved time control?” I thought to myself. As seeing I didn’t bring my laptop with me during my visit, I didn’t have a way to write anything properly. I spent about two months there, and when I finally went back home to start college, I immediately went to work on the novel. I wrote a 70,000 word draft in 2015, and as the months passed I added more and more to it. As of now, the novel is around 85,000 words.

When I first started working on it, it started off being called “Project: Hourglass.” It originally began as a memoir of my journey after high school, but the train tracks switched and became what is now known as The Impure. Then the first story concept was that of a young adult novel. Basically a high school student would discover that he could control time would use his newfound power to help himself. But the cost of using that power was that he would soon be unable to control it and eventually fade out of time.

Once that concept didn’t interest me anymore, I turned to the second story concept. And this was the one that became The Impure. It still started off with the main character (now known as Oliver) during his last day of high school and beyond. He would discover his powers and the representative would take him to the Impure. The story then jumps four years into the future and that is where the real story begins.

My Inspirations

For the Impure, I drew a lot of my inspirations from what I grew up with. And what I grew up with was comic books, movies, video games, and Power Rangers. For the aspect of the Impure, I drew inspiration from my first superhero movie, X-Men. The idea of a school that trained people to control their powers really interested me. For the idea of people having powers, that came from a lot of superhero movies I watched. And the reason that Power Rangers was a big inspiration for me, was because of the cast of characters. It was diverse (albeit a little racist at the time) and the messages that Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini, and Kimberly taught me about finding your own person and being your own hero resonated with me my entire life. And that was what inspired that cast of characters in The Impure. The characters are diverse and relatable, coming from all walks of life.

The Plan for The Impure

Even though the book hasn’t been published (or been picked up by a literary agent), I have already written a second book. My commitment to these stories and these characters is beyond comprehension. And in addition to the second book, I am in the process of writing the third.

The Impure is planned to be an eight-part series with a hiatus gap between the fourth and fifth. The future installments have been named and even the end of the series is already written. Whenever I’d have an idea pop into my head, I had to write it down and determine where it would happen in the books. Hell, I’ve even fake-cast some of the characters in the hopes of making it a TV show (it would be film but I feel that I can get more out a long form show). I may be overreaching for a lot of this, but this is because I am passionate in these stories and what it could possibly become in the future.

Why am I writing this post?

I’m writing this because (it’s long overdue) I was done with having this story of adventure, powers, magic, and oddities all to myself. In my heart, I know this is a story that people can read and feel related. That is what the central theme of The Impure really is, to be more than you could possibly imagine. It is a story about being your own hero and doing something meaningful and worthwhile.

There also is another reason to this post. When I query literary agents, I feel that I can’t fully explain what the Impure is in less than a page. I need an outlet like this so that I can express my enthusiasm and love for the stories I’ve written. So if you are one of those literary agents I’ve queries, maybe this could help you decide if the Impure is right for you.

So that is all I have to say (for now) about the unveiling of my novel, The Impure. If there are other questions you may want answered, feel free to leave a comment below. And to catch up on my thoughts on games, my train of thought ramblings, my short stories, or updates on my road to publication, follow me here on WordPress or follow me on Twitter.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and have a good night or good morning.

-Andrew 🙂

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I’m not dead.

Hi whoever found this, it’s been a while since my last post but I can assure you that I’m not dead. I’ve been extremely busy with work and a production of Macbeth (which is now finished). Maybe now I can continue to query my book in peace.

And eventually I’ll talk about my book if anyone is interested. I’ve even been thinkworking jog about doing something with the YouTube handle I have.

Either way, have a good day.

-Andrew 🙂

P.S. If you feel like following me on social media, here’s my twitter.

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