Whenever I talk about my writing, a lot of people naturally ask me what it is I’m writing. But with this book I tried a different tactic. I told nobody about it.
Well, that isn’t entirely true. This book started as a short story that, for a short time, I had published on this website. Some of you may have read it. The trouble is that I’m horrible at writing short stories. I tried to cram too much into too small a space, and it wasn’t good at all. But I knew the story had potential, so I took this short story and converted it into a full length novel, and that’s what I’ve been working on through the past 2-3 years.
The book, as you may have guessed from the title, is called Noah Vale. I absolutely love this title, as its the main character’s name, but also his outlook on life. Funny story, the name was inspired by a sketch by The Two Ronnies that I saw on Youtube one day when I was really bored.
Anyway, as you might have read already, I finished the first draft of my book, so right now I’m working on editing and getting the second draft ready. There’s a lot of poking and prodding to do to get the book up to the standard I think it can attain. But lucky for you, the first chapter is pretty well groomed, even if I say so myself.
So I decided to upload the first chapter only, to satisfy those who continue to ask me what I’m writing about.
Noah Vale is a man taking care of his ill father while also dealing with the constant voices in his head. Every day is a struggle for him. When his niece goes missing, he wonders if he has finally lost the little piece of sanity he had left.
I don’t know if I will be publishing the other chapters up here on my website. I’m leaning towards not, mainly because I don’t like the idea of people reading half a story. I want to publish the entire thing when its ready. Uploading the first chapter as a kind of preview is one thing, but I don’t think this story would work in a serialized form.
And lastly, a disclaimer. A lot of Noah Vale is based on my life, and hence, some of the characters were ‘originally’ based off people I know. But at the end of the day, this is a fiction novel and I wanted it to be interesting, so if some of the characters seem to be better or worse versions than people you know, don’t be offended. It’s fiction!
Also, even though Noah is based a lot on myself, I do not hear voices in my head. That part is fiction, I assure you. Really.