A. Keith Carreiro Launches First Trilogy in His SciFi/Fantasy Series, The Immortality Wars
An idea about the future set in the past becomes a reality in the present
By: Stillwater River Publications
He discovered that once the premise for the story was created he now had to sit down and write it.
"I didn't know if I could create such a story," he said. "I had tried writing full length novels before, but never succeeded in getting them completed."
Inspired by former University of Maine classmate, Stephen King, when Carreiro and he were students at the University of Maine at Orono, Carreiro recalled that King once told him to set a daily writing goal of 2,000 words. "Look what you end up with in just ten days," the then 20–year–old King told him. "Imagine if you write like that year round."
Fifty years later with that advice still in mind, Carreiro decided that 2,000 words a day was too daunting a task, so he settled on writing 500. Another 139 days later, on October 8th, the manuscript was completed. He had written over 168,000 words, a feat he never thought possible, and the Penitent was conceived. He had averaged about 1,200 words a day.
Then the real work began… editing, revising, finding beta readers to help in this task. The story, being in three parts to begin with, was divided into three novels. Working on a limited budget, he decided to publish one book at a time.
The Penitent – Part I was published in November of 2016. Part II followed in 2017. The last book in the trilogy, Part III, is being released on his birthday this summer.
Cover art is done by Hollis Machala of Rehoboth, MA. She is an award-winning, artist member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society.
Along with the first glimpse of Part III, the first two books have been edited further. All three books contain maps created by Jamie Forgetta, a Rhode Island, freelance illustrator, author and designer.
The series is being published by Stillwater River Publications and Copper Beech Press.
The trilogy book launch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 18th. It will be held at Stillwater Books which is located on 175 Main Street in Pawtucket, RI.
Steven R. Porter