The Story and the Author was the very first novel I ever wrote. Because of that, it will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s filled with typos, flat characters, tons of clichés, and a plot that’s so incredibly complex that it took me months to be able to follow it myself. And I love it. Let me tell you the story behind it.
When you were a kid, did your dad ever make up funny stories to tell you? They probably didn’t make a lot of sense, but your childhood self would beg him to tell more. The stories my dad liked to tell me and my brothers were about two kids named Jimmy and Jane, the former being mischievous, and the latter being a smart-aleck. They liked to time travel, and they had quite the series of adventures. One day, my thirteen-year-old self decided it would be a good idea to take these characters and write my own story about them.
And thus, my first novel was born. When I first started it, I only intended for it to be a short story, but it just kept getting longer and longer. Somewhere along the way, it’s like two pieces in my mind snapped together, and I realized that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to write stories that meant something bigger. I wanted to write stories that pointed back to God.
Since you’re still reading this, you probably want to know what the book is about, instead of just reading about how I wrote it. I’ve managed to summarize the plot in a very simplified way:
The Plot: Jimmy and Jane meet up with some of their time traveling friends, their object being to stop someone’s evil twin from destroying the universe. (So cliché, I know.) Along the way, they have to go up against their archenemy, who is a shapeshifter. (Completely random, but you can blame my dad for that.) In a twisted turn of events, someone dies, saving the universe and everyone involved, and thus becoming a picture of Christ. Then, for the second half of the novel, I switch POVs (still not sure if POV switches should be done this way) and tell the story of what happened to the evil twin, who is now good. (See? I told you this book was complicated.)
So there you have it. My first novel. I probably won’t publish it for a very, very long time, but I finally managed to get this page up. While you’re here, you should check out some of my other novels. I promise they’re better. 😀