a short story from THE WILD DARK
Today is release day for one of my most experimental pieces I’ve ever done. I’ve always been someone who enjoyed poetry but never thought they were any good at it. When the story idea for ORCHARDS presented itself (in the midst of a terrible headache, no less) I wasn’t really sure how I was going to interpret it. All I knew was that, it wasn’t going to come out like a regular story. There was, to use a technical term, some discombobulation to it: a sense of timelessness, a weightlessness and a heaviness at the same time. I wanted to show the gravity of death as well as how time seems to be suspended.
This all came out in the story. It’s a collection of free-form poetry, dark imagery, memories, drabbles, and so on from the POV of Brody Aritza from THE WILD DARK. Mind you, it does take place after the final chapter of the book. I don’t think you need to read THE WILD DARK in order to understand or resonate with the messages that ORCHARDS has to offer. And I don’t think reading it will spoil the experience of TWD for you if you haven’t read it yet.
Most importantly, this piece of me is only 99 cents. I want everyone to experience this story and I believe the best way for that to happen is for it to maintain a low and affordable price-point for everyone. I also want to be able to offer it to any book reviewer, podcaster, booktuber, or booktokker who wants it.
Here’s a little more about the book:
“I am losing all the little things that make me who I am…”
Brody Aritza was lost to the Wild Dark when he was killed in the line of duty. But then something happened. The thin wall between life and death parted and he found his way back, back to the woman he loved. It wasn’t right though: he was dead and she was alive and they couldn’t be together. But he found a way to fix it. He could possess others to keep her safe and maybe…maybe they could be together after all.
Orchards takes place after the shocking conclusion of THE WILD DARK. Thrust into darkness once more, Brody must sift through time and memory as he clings to what little pieces of humanity remain in his ruinous soul. This short story will leave readers hungry for THE WILD FALL: Book Two of The Wild Oblivion, coming in 2023.
Release day is the most important day for indie writers like myself. The more purchases made for our books on release day, the more of a chance that other readers might have to find, love, and share our work with others. This is how the algorithms work. Otherwise, things do get submerged. There are so many books vying for attention during this incredible summer. Help me make sure that ORCHARDS has a chance to be seen and grab your copy today.