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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 t…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 Thanks very much! I'm always happy to hear that someone enjoyed the book.

So, as far as a sequel goes, that's a great question and unfortunately there…more
Thanks very much! I'm always happy to hear that someone enjoyed the book.

So, as far as a sequel goes, that's a great question and unfortunately there's not too much I can share on this. To give you some answer, though, I don't think one is likely any time soon. FERRYMAN just didn't do well enough from a sales perspective. A couple years from now (when I have a little more free time), I may try to pursue self-publishing it as I would very much like to finish the story, but right now I'm just trying to get my writing back out there.

I very much appreciate the support though!(less)
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A letter to my second daughter on her second birthday

We talked a lot about your name, your Mom and me, on that first drive home from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Your middle name came first: “Victoria”. It had two meanings. First, because that was your great-grandfather’s middle name, Victor. But on that long drive home in the dark, it was the second meaning — the literal definition of the word “victor” — that stood out to us, because it

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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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