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About the Book
We came to the Fools’ Writing Workshop for a week of peace.
Instead, we’re fighting our demons—literally.
My friends and I are sharing the same horrific dream: hideous monsters of black smoke who show us visions of our worst fears. I worry that what I see isn’t merely a fear, but a prophecy about who I will become. I can’t tell anyone—my friends would never think of me the same, and I can’t bear the thought of their rejection. The Fools are the only ones who understand me, and I can’t lose them, not right before I go to college.
We have to stop these demons before we go our separate ways. If we can’t…will we have to face these demons alone, night after night? Will we keep living in the shadows of our worst fears, haunting us during the day?
Release Date: January 4, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy / Supernatural Thriller
Major Characters: Leah Pool (main character) is a socially-awkward teen about to head to college. She loves writing, and loves her writers’ group, the Fools. Hallie is a member of the Fools and Leah’s best friend. She is a bright ray of sunshine to everyone she meets. Other Fools and friends of Leah include Roderick, Faith, A.J., Bryce, Percy, and Cal. The demons Leah and the Fools face are led by the Whine and the Bass, who take the form of a massive two-headed dragon.
Storyworld: The story is set in our contemporary time, but Leah and her friends do experience a supernatural collective nightmare. In this shared nightmare, they encounter and fight demons made of dark smoke. If I shared any additional details about the world, I’d spoil the story. 😉
Theme Verses: “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.” -1 Corinthians 1:18 & 1:27 (NASB)
“Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NASB)
This is a story about community, vulnerability, and hope.
Inspirational Music: Imagine Dragons is the unofficial artist for this book, as many of their songs resonate with this story. Other artists/songs include: Home by Phillip Phillips, Keeping Me Guessing and Angel By Your Side by Francesca Battistelli, The Call by Regina Spektor, and We Fall Apart by We As Human.
Inspirations for the Story: A collection of real-life experiences: my own writers’ group and conference experiences, friendships during college, and my own Christian faith. Though this book does have real-life influences, I want to stress that it is a work of fiction and not a true story.
History of the Story: First written from January 4, 2016 to January 23, 2016. 4th Draft finished by end of 2016. 7th Draft finished by March 2019. 8th and final draft completed in August 2020. I plan to write more details about how this book came to be in an upcoming blog post.
What I’ve Learned from this Story: I learned a lot about friendship and community, lessons that were complimented by real-life experiences with my friends in my writers’ group and in college while I worked on the book. The power of vulnerability in particular is a theme that has stuck with me throughout the process of working on this book.
I also initially wrote the book to process my own struggle to let go of good things in my life in order to embrace the present. I see the Lord’s hand in the writing of Our Company of Fools because it did help me process my grief and emotions in early 2016. Returning to the book at different points over the last few years has also helped ground me during other transitions I’ve faced.
Finally, the book taught me the importance of writing for yourself before others, but also tempering that with courage to share your soul through writing with others. I wrote Fools for myself at first, then recognized the value sharing the story (which was full of my own heartache and emotional rawness, particularly in those early drafts) with others. Those who have read the earlier versions of the book have been moved and encouraged by it, in similar ways that the book has encouraged me.