This book hit a lot of road blocks.
A LOT of roadblocks. Financial crisis, family crisis, the emotional roller-coaster of not being sure if you can finish writing a book that deals with the theme of suicide after you encounter it so intimately.
But months later, I'm finally getting the final preparations for release. And I'm actually feeling pretty proud of it... which is a hard thing for me sometimes.
I realize that some of you have wandered over here from my vlogs or twitter and I haven't talked too much about this project lately, so I thought I'd take a little time to explain what's going on.
Alys, if you haven't guessed, is a modern (and rather twisted) adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. I use the term "adaptation" very loosely in this case. Mostly because when you get down to it, while there are plenty of ideas presented in Carroll's classic tale, there is very little actual plot. But I think in this case, it's the ideas that actually matter in the long run.
Regardless of Lewis Carroll's actual intent for this story as an author--intent that has been argued back and forth between many--to me, the stories of Alice's adventures was a kind of love letter to lost little girls whose best companion was their imagination. I certainly had friends as a child... but admittedly none so treasured as those I'd created in my own mind.
As a child I saw Alice in Wonderland as a message that the adult world was a bit of a crazy place. That it was all right if I didn't understand it, because in most respects it was all nonsense anyway. It was a comfort. I was not alone.
So, as an adult, my purpose for Alys was to have it serve as a similar comfort to an older generation. Writing it has helped me. I'm hoping reading it will do the same for others.
You can see the original trailer here that was intended for a winter release before all of this happened.