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Colin Gigl Hey Victoria—

Thank you so much for the kind words. As someone new to the whole "author" thing, it really means a lot, and I appreciate you spreading…more
Hey Victoria—

Thank you so much for the kind words. As someone new to the whole "author" thing, it really means a lot, and I appreciate you spreading the word! Hopefully there will be a sequel one day, as there's one more story I'd like to tell there (if the end didn't make that perfectly clear), but we shall see.

Great question: the world came in bits and pieces, to be honest. The weird truth about this story is that there’s a hidden (at least, I hope hidden) autobiographical core to it, and that’s sort of what the book is built around. Specifically, the question “What would you do if you wanted to kill yourself, but couldn’t?”, which is where Charlie came from — the irony of someone who helps the dead but can’t be dead himself. The title actually came next, which was lucky in the sense that it was evocative enough to play around with but still have sources to draw from.

I’ve always liked the idea of twisting established stories and myths a bit — a “familiar but new” thing, I guess — and so the world sprung up around the mythology of Charon, the Ferryman (Easter Egg: “Charles Ronald Dawson”, “Charles Ronald”, “Cha Ron”, “Charon”… Yeah, not very clever, I know, but I did it). That led to the idea of “psychopomps”, those who guide the souls of the dead to the afterlife, and from there it was just messing around with stories and characters I liked and trying to make them a bit more my own.

Sorry for the long answer, but hope that makes some semblance of sense. Thanks again for the fantastic question and hope our reader/writer paths cross again soon!(less)
Colin Gigl Thank you! There's been a lot of ups and downs about the whole process of releasing a book into the world, but I have to say, messages like this…moreThank you! There's been a lot of ups and downs about the whole process of releasing a book into the world, but I have to say, messages like this really make it worth it. I'm really glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for spreading the word!(less)
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The Ferryman Institute

3.70 avg rating — 768 ratings — published 2016 — 5 editions
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“Time marches on while mothers weep, each one wondering why the world hasn't stopped to mourn.”
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