FOREVER THE ROAD: 10 Years to a Novel, A New World & The Future

Forever the Road: The Novel is Done. Now Work on the Novel.

10 years ago in 2003, I went on a journey from Oregon to India. Not long after returning home from that trip, one morning while biking to the office I had to stop and write down the idea for a story involving indie travel, globetrotters and people who weren’t what they seemed. Just like my real-world travels, little did I know where this journey would take me.

8 years ago in 2005, I met and began dating the incredible woman who would one day become my wife.

2 years ago in 2011, I quit my full-time day job to be a full-time author, beer writer, copywriter and, most importantly, dad.

And near the end of August 2013, on the 8th anniversary of the day my wife and I had our first date and our first kiss, I finished revising the very novel I first envisioned 10 years ago.

Best part of this journey? I still have no idea where it’s all going, only that it continues to be one hell of an adventure.

But oh yeah, I have a book to tell you about…

About Forever the Road

Travel. Destiny. Beer.

In Forever the Road, three travelers in India battle their hearts and their destinies as an awakened evil prepares to destroy all life.

Set in the fictional city of Agamuskara, India, Forever the Road takes place after the events of The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road. (While you do not have to have read these other stories in order to enjoy Forever the Road, naturally I highly recommend you buy them straightaway.)

Forever the Road will be the third Rucksack Universe story, and the first full-length novel in the series. You will meet again with characters you’ve come to know in The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road, and you will wonder what is in store for their futures as the novel unfolds.

What happens now

Much of the manuscript is unrecognizable from earlier drafts, and in some ways even from the original idea (and thank goodness too, it’s a much stronger story now). The characters and ideas quickly gained lives of the own. I soon realized I wasn’t just working on a book. I was working on an entire new world.

The funny thing about finishing a project like this is that I know it’s also but one stage in a much larger process. Finishing revision means only that now the book goes out to its first readers, whose job will be to kick my arse. There will be feedback, maybe some arguments, and more revision. There will be editors, and designers, and lots and lots of work still to do before the final novel comes out.

That’s nice. When’s the damn book coming out?

As I write this post, my Chief Reader has recently given me notes on the final scenes. I have a bit of touch-up to do here and there. Then the manuscript goes out to my Beta Readers, who are pulling on their arse-kicking boots as we speak.

Once I have the manuscript back from Beta Readers, I’ll have a better idea of the release date, and you will be the first to know. To know superspeed fast, subscribe to my free mailing list.

The stories to come

To one degree or another, for 10 years I’ve tried to give voice to a story that I was born to share with the world. From that story, more has already come forth than I ever could have imagined—and we’re still just getting started.

Much more is on the way. With work on the novel pretty much out of my hands at this point, I’m also planning and drafting a new novella, called Home Sweet Road. More on that soon.

And, to close with a quick plug for the book you can read now

Thank you so much for your interest and support. I know it’s not easy to put trust in a new author. I know what you may wonder: Will he flake? Will he get it done? Will there be more stories, or should I even bother getting invested in this? I get it. Truth is, I’m here to stay, and I won’t be surprised if I’m kicking out Rucksack Universe stories as long as I’m old, distinguished and above ground.

Photo: Ryan

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