DCLXVI – The Numeral of the Beast - Part 12
So if you have stuck with me to this point lets give you a bit more to chew on before you decide to take a full bite of part one by heading over to Amazon to look for it. Here spread over the next few blogs are the preface, introduction and prologue to the book. A lot of people ignore these sections but I found it invaluable to be able to set things up and explain background. So here we go…
As a first-time author, even the writing of this very preface has been a complex and interesting journey for me. Right up until the time I made the final decision to commit the basic ideas of the story to paper, I still had no idea what was fully involved in the process. I naïvely thought that you write a story, spell-check it and give it to lots of people to read. Well, over two years from initially picking up my pen and over twelve years from having the first inspirational ideas that developed into what you will read here today, I now know this is not the case. However, I am now tentatively ready to release those complex, eccentric and mysterious thoughts to the world.
Most importantly, I sincerely hope that you enjoy it as, realistically, that is the main point of any fictional book, but I also feel you may soon more sympathetically appreciate the unusual efforts I have had to go to in getting this far. After much research, I know that a preface such as this traditionally tells of either the purpose, scope or content of the work for non-fiction, or for works of fiction, it should be all about the whys.
Well, this story is what I like to call a ‘fact-inspired fiction’, which is slightly different from the current popular trend of fictionalising historic facts in so-called ‘faction’. With this trilogy, there are many, one hundred percent accurate facts and many one hundred percent complete fictions. It will be your task, if you choose to accept it, to discern the two. The mix of both created the story but the story doesn’t change the facts that inspired it. You may, if ever you find out the truth, be surprised at which are which…
If you haven’t seen it yet here is the final front cover design.