13 Sep 2012

What a journey it’s been

Journey From Darkness 1 Comment

Hey, everyone.

Now that Journey from Darkness has finally made it to bookshelves, both real and digital, I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am. If you’ve read some of the other literature on the site, you will know that I co-authored the novel with my father, Llewellyn. It has truly been one of the great privileges of my life to bring my father’s story to the page.

Dad, if you’re reading this, I just want to thank you for the opportunity to share what I know is a great story with the world. As mentioned elsewhere, I just hope that I have done it justice. While I have absolutely no idea how readers will react to the book, I’m already very proud of one particularly important thing.

We’ve tried our best to bring something very different to the page.

I think many of the world’s leading popular fiction authors are letting down their loyal readers. Perhaps it’s just me, but I get the very real sense that so many of the big names are merely going through the motions. The plots are formula-driven and predictable. The characters, all too familiar. In fact, many of the stories themselves are just not worth writing, to be frank. This is probably a somewhat uncharitable view and, of course, I’m guilty here of generalising to some degree, but I think readers deserve more.

Of course, I’m not for a moment suggesting that Journey from Darkness is a cut above the rest. But what I am saying is this: My father and I have tried very hard to bring something new and, hopefully, lasting to the page. We did not rush the novel off in 3 months. It was more than 3 years in the making. There were six drafts and many hours sat in front of a blank screen. There were edit changes aplenty. There were even a few tears along the way. Which, in my estimation, is precisely how it should be.

Whether Journey from Darkness goes down as a complete failure or a resounding success, for me it has already fulfilled a lifelong dream.

Thanks, dad. What a journey it’s been.

Gareth Crocker

One Response to “What a journey it’s been”

  1. Cheryl DiRaimo says:

    Hi Gareth, thanks for letting me know you have written another novel. Looking forward to reading it. Again, thanks for the heads up! Will let you know what I think about it. Cheryl

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