Thursday was a sad-happy day for me.
Most writers are influenced and inspired by those that come before. Their literary heroes, if you like. And right at the top of the list for Rich is the immensely talented and successful British author Sir Terry Pratchett, who sadly died on Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
So perhaps it’s fitting that on the same day Sir Terry shook hands with Death (one of the his most popular and likeable characters), Jaspa’s Journey, Rich’s series of travel-adventure novels about my exploits, got a new lease of life.
The original book in the Jaspa’s Journey series, The Great Migration, was first released by DreamCatcher Publishing in 2009. Unfortunately, after selling out two print runs and being named an award-winning finalist in USA Book News’ Best Books 2009, Jaspa’s Journey was put on hold when DreamCatcher’s owner passed away and the company closed.
Now, following several years in the wilderness, Jaspa’s Journey has finally found a new home at Speaking Volumes, a publishing house based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. On Thursday, Rich signed contracts that will not only bring The Great Migration back to print, but also the first two sequels: The Pride of London and Jaspa’s Waterloo.
And if that wasn’t already enough, Rich has also committed Jaspa’s Journey 4 through 10 to Speaking Volumes!
With Terry Pratchett’s passing, Thursday March 12th, 2015, will forever be a sad day for me. But it also represents the day Jaspa’s Journey broke through a symbolic wall and into a brighter day.
The future is looking Fantastic! Watch this space.
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