Footsteps to a Dream
The 11th Percent series is a collection of
The 11th Percent, Item & Time, and Lifeblood are the first three novels in what will eventually be a series of seven, centering around every-man Jonah Rowe.
Jonah is a discontent accountant who simply wanted his life to be more than the boring, meandering existence he had been experiencing over the course of his twenty-something years of living. He never expected his life to take on new meaning......as one of the focal points of a spiritual conflict.
.....Until the night of February 19th, 2011.
I had a seven-hour dream, uninterrupted. I didn't even move in my sleep. The next morning, my wife asked me, "Do you remember any dreams?" and I responded, "You just wait til you hear THIS one....."
After recounting the dream, I was just about ready to write it off as a weird occurrence, but my wife said that that was a dream that should be made into a book.
(I love that woman.)
I heeded her advice, and The 11th Percent was born.
What if ghosts did more than just haunt?
I suppose another inspiration, born over the years, was the fact that I had tired of the same old ghost stories.
They rarely changed:
Ghosts haunts room/person/family/town...
Ghost needs to do a deed before crossing over...
We've seen them all before. I had been wondering, even before that life-altering dream, what if there was a paranormal story out there that was paranormal, but had a different flavor?
What if ghosts did something besides haunt?
What if they were indeed a cog, but not the focal point of the whole story?
And what if the aspect of "those who leave us are never truly gone" was further imagined and explored? What if all of these components were merged to form incidences of heroism, self-discovery, and inner strengths?
All these matters are touched on in The 11th Percent, and interwoven in a way that I feel is fantastical yet believable, as well as personal.
This is a paranormal story, full of wild experiences, ethereal phenomena, and occurrences that are truly beyond belief. But because there is so much of myself in Jonah Rowe, I have been able to bring a relatable, humanizing realism to the character.
After having been heavily inspired by a myriad of indie authors, I decided to take a similar plunge.