My name is Jay Wilburn. I am a teacher and a writer. I am not new at either pursuit. I’ve spent about sixteen years in the classroom between grades fourth through eighth in each of the academic subjects. I was also a stay-at-home dad for the first year of my first son’s life. I worked nights busing tables to pay for that adventure. A lot has happened in education from when I was a first year teaching some seventeen years ago.
I started writing when I was a kid. I started publishing a few years ago. I have a few stories under my belt in various anthologies and with various publishers. I write columns for a couple different groups too.
I want to accomplish something different from what I have created in the past.
I am attempting my first indiegogo campaign. I’ve set the bar high on the goal because I want to make the most out of my current work. I want to begin to create a community of readers and fellow writers around the work and its promotion.
The novel connected to the project is The Great Interruption. It follows the life of a young girl through different time periods in her life as she grows up through a significant world event. Everyone she knows seems to mysteriously vanish leaving her alone in the world to fend for herself for half of her life. Then, she has to deal with the jarring return of all these people into the world they abandoned just as mysteriously and destructively as they left. The main character must try to unravel the mystery of what happened even as she struggles with her own place and identity in a world she does not understand.
I want the supernatural adventures of the girl’s growing up in The Great Interruption to parallel the jarring act of growing up in the natural world. As we all separate physically and symbolically from our families, we must decide what of them we want to carry with us and what we feel we must abandon on our own journeys. As we return to the places and people we left behind so long ago, we face new challenges. As the world seems to have become shockingly different during our own interrupted lives, the people and places we abandoned or that abandoned us seem to have in some ways stayed unnaturally preserved in a state that longer serves us. We are left again to decide what to keep and what we feel we must abandon from our pasts sitting right in front of us again.
At the moment, I’m also researching disappearances in our real world. The numbers are shocking. The increases over the last few decades are shocking. I’m also researching the history of solitary confinement and the effects on the human mind and body. Even though our heroine in The Great Interruption seems to have the whole world at her disposal, she is experiencing a great solitary confinement as a result of the great interruption and its strange rapture.
In the future, I’m looking at a much larger project related to the Dark and Bookish initiative I’m setting up now. The success of this current indiegogo project will give me the skills I need to set up a future event that will serve struggling authors, small presses, and independent bookstores. This future project will involve a tour and a documentary.
For now, consider supporting and sharing the project The Great Interruption. For small donations, you can be connected with this novel, its promotion, and its author. Some of the perks include sneak peeks, a copy of the finished work, and possibly ongoing copies of my future works as an author. Take a moment to look and to contribute. Take a moment to pass this on to others as well.
Your support is greatly appreciated.