By TC O'Reilly
To never give up.
Keep your head up high. Walk up straight. Don’t bow your shoulders. Always be proud, but never arrogant. These words have been echoing throughout my life. The person whose voice is in the echo is the voice of my mother. Many author’s will tell you that the main protagonist is nothing like themselves. Seeing that 8th round is the first book that I ever wrote I hardly feel like the authority to tell otherwise. So I am not here to tell you what writing should be or feel like. So the only thing that I can tell you about is what I experienced while writing. I have always had the urge to want to write a book. I have always felt that I didn’t have the time, nor the necessary skills to do so. One night I had a dream though. About a man who travelled back in time and each time that he does he has increased abilities and talents. With this dream in mind I decided to put it down on paper. Not knowing what the storyline would be or what I would even write on each successive page, I just sat down and started to write. On day one I wrote twenty pages. Characters were brought into life that I never knew existed, storylines were created that I never even thought about before. But one thing that stood out to me was the personality of my protagonist. Because even though I did not want to admit it at first, the more I wrote the more I saw myself in the main character, namely Jakes. As the story continued, with not even myself knowing what will happen on the next page, I always tried to channel my own experiences and needs to achieve and to never give up, into the character of Jakes. Throughout the book Jakes is confronted with obstacles that challenges his beliefs, integrity and even his sanity. Even though this book might be viewed as just another sci-fi/apocalyptic book, the readers will find that there is a lot more to the characters and the storyline and even a romantic subplot, than just monsters and timetravel. There are various scenes where our protagonist will sit down with one of the other characters, where they will just discuss the challenges they face and which I believe will also help people in everyday. The way Jakes approaches the various subjects is not only useful when the world is about to end, but I believe can also be useful to use when it feels like your world is ending. So I hope that after you read this book, you will hear a mother’s voice saying, “Keep your head up high. Walk up straight. Don’t bow your shoulders and always be proud, but never arrogant.” Thank you and hope to hear from you all very soon on my blog.timetravelerpsychic.
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