Today I’m joined by Joshua Skye, a prolific author who likes to blend different genres into the stories that he crafts. His newest release is The Angels of Autumn and it’s definitely a force to be reckoned with. Let’s take a quick look at it before we delve into Joshua’s guest post…
Kincaid Kingsley returns to the town of his childhood after the death of his twin brother, Xander. Believing the crime to be motivated by hate and prejudice, Kincaid sets out to discover why the police are no longer actively investigating the case and hopefully uncover his brother’s killer in the process.
Things in Wren are not as they seem, however, and the closer that Kincaid gets to an answer, the more danger he encounters. Why are all the townspeople so afraid to share what they know?
As the mystery surrounding Xander’s death unravels, the town becomes increasingly blind to what is actually going on. Can Kincaid discover who killed his brother and save the town from evil?
Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, you can find it here:
Now for Joshua’s Guest Post
Kincaid Kingsley and I: The Man Behind the Character
The main character of my novel, The Angels of Autumn, Kincaid Kingsley might just be a little more “me” than I care to admit. First and foremost, I am a Kingsley. It is my grandmother’s maiden name. The Kingsleys are one of the founding families of the town in which I live, quite prominent really. Of course, we share similar traits, the most striking being that we are both gay
I began to write The Angels of Autumn upon my move back to what might be considered my hometown. It is the reddest part of a blue state, the realization of which was actually quite disturbing. There is no doubt that political frustrations play a large role in the story and are a manifestation of my own experiences here.
Reading the shockingly absurd amount of homophobic bigotry in the local paper, both in the Letters to the Editor and various syndicated articles, was an eye-opener. It was hard to believe such hate is still alive and well… and unapologetically expressed in a liberally dominated commonwealth. We only have one local newspaper and it is the voice of the region. I’ve had heated exchanges with the editor and he seems to think that the propagation and promotion of such prejudices is okay. Unbelievable. I couldn’t help but begin to wonder: Was my move here a mistake? Well, yes it was. One that I will be rectifying.
Be that as it may, fiction is more often than not a reflection of reality. My story involves a good deal more than merely feeling unwelcome in one’s town, but it could certainly be boiled down to such sentiment. There is anger. There is disappointment. There is resentment. I express these feelings very articulately in my novel, in all their flawed glory. I don’t shy away from it at all. In that, The Angels of Autumn is a very personal story, a profoundly individual one… only the evils in it are not just the shadowy sides of people. They really are monsters!
Joshua Skye was born in Jamestown, New York but predominantly grew up in the Texas Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He is a graduate of K.D. Studio Actor’s Conservatory of the Southwest and has worked on indie/underground films and on stage. He lives in rural Pennsylvania with his partner Ray of sixteen years and their eight year old son, Syrian. His short stories have appeared in anthologies from STARbooks Press, Knightwatch Press, Sirens Call Publications, Rainstorm Press, JMS Books and periodicals such as Blood and Lullabies. He is the author of The Singing Wind, Bareback: A Werewolf’s Tale, along with the forthcoming Midnight Rainbows, and The Grigori.