Remembering Will is my fifth novel – the eighth if you consider the three books that make up The Wayfarers. The hope is that the book will released in Kindle and paperback by early May.
The idea for this story came completely out of the blue. I wasn’t sitting and thinking “hmm…what book should I write next?” To be sure, my goal was to get to work on some new music, but then the idea of a tale about a musician just hit me. Singer-songwriter Will Gailey is the front man of a band called False Walrus, and he’s suffered some recent and significant set-backs in his life. He’s been traumatized and has some trouble remembering certain events; or is it that he’s merely blotted them out? Certainly, Will isn’t the man that those close to him remember him being. Will is bitter and angry, and perhaps rightfully so? Our man Will has become tormented, and could it be that he’s left himself wide open to the assaults he suffers?
Remembering Will is a story of the mind, the heart, the body, and the spirit. I truly enjoyed taking the journey with him, and my hope is that you will too. What follows is the back-cover description:
Memory is pain, but there are some things he’ll never forget…
At thirty-nine years of age, Will Gailey is an “over the hill” singer-songwriter who leads a rock band that the music business doesn’t consider to have the “now” sound. A trauma has rocked his world, and as a result his memory of events has been severely affected. Will can remember the lyrics and chord changes to his songs, but there are other things that seemingly he’s forgotten. Will has always enjoyed fishing, but even that relaxing activity has become a source of frustration. He’s become angry and disassociated, and has turned from the one thing that could bring him peace and healing. And where that one thing is concerned, that’s where his anger and the blame for his physical and spiritual pain are errantly directed. In his mind, that one thing is the cause for his loss and his suffering.
Months after the trauma, Will continues to suffer crushing headaches. He decides to take matters into his own hands as what is supposed to heal his anguish is only exacerbating it. He’s become weakened, vulnerable, and open to spiritual torment. He’s alone and in need of help, but when people come into his life that can be of assistance he’s apt to reject them. Vivid dreams, visions, and hallucinations occur, and in them are both the help he needs and likewise persecution. Will was a strong man, but now there’s a strong man that’s found a breach and is creating havoc in his life. Will remembers how to defeat the strong man, but it seems that he’s chosen to forget.
Will has changed, but band mates and friends remember how he “used to be.” Can he be the way he used to be again?