Okay so where do I begin? Let’s start with the title. Take the title at face value. This will not be an easy book to read. When I say that, I don’t mean to imply that the plot will be terribly complex or that there will be fifteen-syllable words that you’ll need a dictionary to figure out.
The Gwaltneys and the Augustines are two families that have feuded for years. These people have disagreed and fought over almost everything imaginable but nothing will prepare them for what’s to come. You see, these families share a history that involves more than squabbles over money and property rights. They share a history that involves blood- blood shed and blood shared.
It is a history that entwines their family trees.
Why did I write this story? Imagine that you’ve met the man or woman of your dreams only to discover that you’re related? Now imagine that you’ve taken your budding relationship to a point of no return unaware that your bloodlines intersect? No this has not happened to me, but is this complex enough for you yet? I wanted to use this week’s blog as a forum to introduce the foundation of the story as well as my motivation for writing it.
Taboo Tree has been finished for about three years. During that time, I’ve only gone back to make minute changes to it. The idea for the story actually came eight years prior-waking me from my sleep. I was pregnant with my son at the time. Could this idea have been the result of one of the many weird dreams I had during my pregnancy? Whatever the case, this was an issue I’ve often wondered about so perhaps subconsciously the premise was already planted.
I woke that night and immediately began to scribble notes about these families and the drama and tragedy soon to befall them. One pre-cursor to my idea involved my constant amazement at how easily the seeds of life are shared, spread far and wide among so many. Tragically, many kids grow up never knowing who their biological parents (fathers) are. More tragically, they grow up never knowing whether they have siblings.
So, in my weird, author way I decided to express my concern for this and the potential issues it could stir by crafting Taboo Tree. I do hope it will rouse discussion. Discussion about the story-yes. More importantly, I hope it will rouse discussions that we should be having with our kids- our sons. They are growing into men. Here’s hoping they will be men of conscience and responsibility.
The book’s official print release is in October. It will release electronically mid-October. I am making the book available for pre-release in September. Visit the publisher’s store to find out more:
I hope you’ll enjoy the story should you choose to read it. It is my intention to bring you entertainment and a lot to think about.