Well, today's the day. Possibly the scariest, most exciting day of my life. I spent a lifetime developing and a few years writing, all for today. The day my book will finally be released.
I know I've been talking about Vance a lot lately – because that's the book I'm currently working on – but I want to take a moment to go back to Quint. Today is a special day for Quint and his story, so as I reflect on what it took me to get here – it was a hard and long road with many ups and downs and just as many twists and turns – I'd like to give you a brief introduction to who and what Quint is.
In my first draft of Quint he started off young. He was four in the opening chapters and grew to the age of eleven as we got into the story. But after reading through it and discovering some holes and finding missing elements that the story needed to progress in a smooth and logical manner, Quint just felt too young. So he became 6 in the early chapters and fifteen when his story gets set into motion.
Quint was a smart kid; smarter than average. But he was poor and he was lonely. He didn't let any of the negativity in his life from the situations he couldn't control affect him on the surface, but deep down, they did. He didn't have a mother and his father was too busy “working” - I'll leave that a mystery here, but it's revealed quite early in the book – so he filled his time with creating and inventing with junk and watching the Senate debate. Both things were crucial aspects of his youth that turned him into the man he is when his story gets underway. Things that he holds onto and falls back on when the world tries to take his sense of self and what he believes away.
Quint's only motivation was his father, Wido. Wido was the only thing that was there for Quint. So when the President and Senate moved to destroy the city – Wido's life's work – Quint was devastated.
There was one Senator who wasn't on board with the destruction of the city. Teyrnon. And Teyrnon knew that he could stall the vote, and inevitably the destruction, if Quint was willing to do a favor for him. That favor, however, was likely to lead to Quint's death. But for the love for his father, Quint accepted.
So Quint headed out into the world, fifteen and alone, on a mission for a politician just to try and save the legacy his father built.
That's as much as I want to spoil the book for whoever reads this – just know that that everything I said here is all set up, in more detail, at the beginning of the story.
I've put in a lot of time, experienced a lot of pain, and, I'm sure, upset a lot of people close to me while I wrote this book. To me, it was all worth it. And as I reflect back on what it took to write the book, I think it was all worth it.
I just hope you all agree.
I would also like to thank the artists who contributed to the book.
Dan Butler for the cover art.
Sydney Bell for the maps.
Jeremy Zerbe for additional chapter artwork.
Thank you all!