1st June 2017. Drax is finally published! Yes, my first-ever novel is finally out and self-published on the biggest library in the e-commerce platform, Amazon. Honestly speaking, to celebrate I haven’t gone out and popped the Champagne in the club. That’s not how I really like to get-down, as I know that the resources spent on “ballin’ in the club” could just as well be spent on something more constructive. I’ll speak a little bit on the book below, but before you head down there, I’d like to ensure you that this is only the beginning. Most outlets and articles may tell you that you need to partake in a creative writing course and obtain this qualification, go for this and go for that, but I did neither. I felt I had a story in me and I went out and did it. No questions asked. Shoot first, ask questions later. I simply just jumped over to the unknown. What I have created so far is pretty much the epitome of what Blaque Falcon is really all about.
I believe that there is a new paradigm that is shifting the course of society as we speak. There was a time when writers and creatives needed to have a so called ‘middle-man’ to assist in marketing and distribution of products and services, but with the rapid rise of the internet, the world has become much more smaller and easier to network with one another. I also believe that nearly everything out in the material world has to do with the right time/season. With the current uncertainty in the economy and the gung-ho, child-like behaviour from our political leaders, the premise of Drax was to produce a story that epitomises the continual stasis of class within the fragile layers in western society.
The main protagonist that is introduced to the reader as an everyday 23-year-old male graduate called Luke, who has supposedly everything that any millennial could wish for. He’s clearly uninspired by the mundane activities of a 9-5 job. However, as he gets embroiled with the wrong characters, he’s automatically forced to change his perspective on life, morals and his principals. He begins to see past the illusory systems of society as he embarks on his journey to payback his gambling debt, while reassessing his relationships. The story itself stems from my own personal experiences growing up (minus the crime element of course!), mixed in with the wild imagination I had while constructing the relationships between each of the characters on Luke’s journey. I find that the most engaging stories are the ones where the audience grows with the protagonist. Most of it is written in the first person, so you’ll essentially find yourself in the mind of a twenty something year-old male growing through his journey.
It is through his journey, that I believe will resonate with readers of all ages and backgrounds. Most of us eventually realize that there are more important issues to worry about in life other than the immediate pleasures that we see (social media, material items etc.). It’s through this understanding (whether we choose to or not) that we know that the structures of the world around us are fragile.
I hope you enjoy it, you can get your own copy of Drax here.