Book Description: A number of unacquainted adults, from various walks of life, routinely enjoy the benefits of residing in a nation where liberty and justice are among its chief luxuries. Having different statuses of education, income, and ethnicity, all are suddenly forced to cope firsthand with the "domino effect" of America's vitriolic reaction to the assassination of an auspicious female presidential nominee, Gov. Ceinwen Jarvis. In a day and time where the advancement of technology allows one's voting status, banking information, and even medical history to be accessed by microchip scan, they quickly realize that America - as well as their own lives - will never be the same.
I posed the question "Why write". Here is the answer in a guest post.
What an interesting question... “Why Write?” Well, it seems I have no choice. Writing is my passion, second only to my love of reading, and the way in which I fill every spare moment of my time. My affinity for books stretches back to my early childhood, and I confirmed it by learning to read insanely early. All throughout elementary school I penned poems and short stories, and I attempted to write my own first novel at the tender age of 12. For as long as I can remember, I have envisioned myself as being an author and sharing my stories with the world. So I truly consider having finished No Greater Illusion as my finest achievement.
It hasn’t always been easy though. First off, NGI was 3 years in the making. Writing a novel has turned out to be a long, arduous process - and for me it was one that limped along to the finish line in fits and starts. Sometimes I let weeks, and even months go by without working on the manuscript. I allowed life to get in the way. It wasn’t until one day when it dawned on me that the only thing standing between me and seeing my name on the cover of a book was.... me. That realization was the catalyst for me to really buckle down and see it to completion.
The second thing I have had to deal with along the way is a mountain of self-doubt. I ask myself all the time if my work is good enough -- if the story is compelling enough, if the characters are real enough, if the prose is lyrical enough (or too lyrical). Anything possible that an author can second guess about their novel, I have quadruple-guessed, and thrown in a few extra things that no one else worries about, for good measure.
Perhaps the one thing which has plagued me most is what I call “Literary Shyness.” This is me just being downright scared to share my work. I put so much of myself into what I write, it is frightening to hear what others will have to say about it. I will never forget the anxiety I felt when No Greater Illusion was released to the world. So it is with a humble spirit that I now offer it to you, with sincere hopes that you believe it to be worthy of your valuable time.
Still, with all these obstacles planted on my shoulder and blowing chilly breaths across the nape of my neck, I must write. Of course, I want people everywhere to read No Greater Illusion and give me their honest feedback on the story. I want them to love it and recommend it to all their friends. But I also know that in this world we don’t always get what we want. I can’t control the public’s response to my work, but I can control the level of effort I put forth myself; and I know that I have always signed my work with excellence, giving you, dear reader, the very best of me inside the pages of a novel. Even if no one likes it, even if no one buys it, even if my words never see the light of day or collect virtual dust on someone’s Kindle -- I will write. Because writing is everything; it’s who I am, and it’s what I love. And truth be told, I don’t do it for anyone else but me.
About K. Baskett: Jack of all trades, master of none - save for the art of procrastination - K. Baskett lives by the motto, "Never do today what can be put off until tomorrow." K. firmly believes that you aren't really interested in the author's hometown, spouse, children or pets, and has therefore decided to spare you the details. No Greater Illusion is the author's debut novel.
The book does contain some graphic/offensive language - not excessive.
Sexual content is alluded to, and not at all graphic.
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