I'm a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, writer and the founder of Sand Web Design. Graphic artist at News Corp. Father and husband. Pop culture addict.
I released my first attempt at an original, written novel this week. Titled 'The No Good', the story follows a group of young punk-rock musicians, scraping out a living in a dystopian, post-societal Australia.
It's a story that was percolating in my mind for a long time, and it feels great to finally get it into a state ready for publishing on the Amazon Kindle store.
At it's core, the book is about generational divide -- the near bottomless tear between those that lived in the old world, and those born in the broken, blasted and lawless fragments of what's left. It's about kids searching for an identity, fighting for it, doing the best they can to survive and make sense of who they really are.
The novel also contains a healthy appreciation for punk, metal and alternative music. The main characters find their power in music, particularly punk-rock, a genre that mirrors their own agitations, discontent and dissidence for the status quo they refuse to accept. Disciples of classic punk will find plenty of references and reverence for the real-world pillars of the genre.
It's a dark, bloody story, certainly intended for an adult audience. I learned a great deal about the art of story writing through putting the book together, an experience I enjoyed immensely. My hope is to build on the experience, keep writing, improve my technique and use The No Good as the foundation for a lot more fiction writing.
If you're interested in checking out The No Good, the E-book is available on the Kindle store via the link below. The book is currently free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.