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As punishment for mankind’s horrible deeds in Before, infants in the Territory of Malm are born soulless. These infants are safeguarded from society because of their unsightly appearance and unquenchable hunger. When infants are Chosen, they are called to the Fountain of Souls for their soul implantation, where they are ensouled and finally become completely human.
Soul Implantation Day 3675 starts out like any other day, following the paths of five people who are destined to meet in the courtyard of the Fountain of Souls; the lead acolyte for the Office of Souls, the parents of one of the Chosen, an adult soulless who has been biding his time for a soul, and the Soul Garden’s caretaker. They bear witness to a soul implantation ceremony that goes terribly awry and is the beginning of an epic struggle between good and evil.
The Soul Garden is the novella prequel to the upcoming Twisted Souls series.
How did the story come about?
I’m currently building the foundational blocks of several different series, and Twisted Souls is going to be an epic, dystopian zombie story. But in order to get there, it’s important to understand where the whole course of civilization completely derails, and that became the premise of The Soul Garden.
Do you prefer writing short fiction over novels, and if so, why?
I have always done a bit of short or flash fiction interwoven between my novels. I find that writing short fiction can be a great way to keep the imagination churning without completely exhausting it.
Which short fiction writers have most influenced you.
Stephen King’s short story work has always intrigued me. Obviously he has massive, epic length work but then boils down other stories to just these succinct snippets. I’ve always thought that was pretty amazing.
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