Finally! Finally, The Not-So-Grim Reaper inches closer to its release date. The novel has been in the pipeline for some time now, so I’m delighted that all the effort and struggles have been worth it.
Work on this story began about two years ago. I was sitting at work, editing programme synopses, and stumbled upon one about a grim reaper. The description was so over the top and absurd that my brain thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny if there was a reaper that wasn’t so grim and darker than night?”
I took my time in plotting the storyline, even using a spreadsheet like a real adult. Other writing commitments kept me busy for the most part, so I’d squeeze in The Not-So-Grim Reaper whenever I could. As expected, the story morphed into something different from what was on the spreadsheet, but it’s better because of it.
In January, I decided that this would be the year in which the novel is completed. I wrapped up the gazillionth draft and worked with an editor, Nerine Dorman, to make it shine. The proofreaders, Dave and Christine, looked for all the hidden gremlins in the manuscript (comb the desert!). Then came the cover, which was marvellously done by Cristy Zinn from Looma Designs. And voila! It’s showtime!
What’s it about?
The Not-So-Grim Reaper is a fantasy comedy that bridges the gap between Deadpool and Bill & Ted. It’s meant to be funny and serve as a tongue-in-cheek social commentary about how we view life and everything in between. You’ll laugh, shake your head, and relate to many of the protagonist’s struggles. The synopsis below should give you the gist of it:
Because death should be a laughing matter!
Already down on his luck, Claudio Chillwell has a day that goes from bad to worse – he dies on his way to a job interview. A chatty grim reaper named Gee feels horrible about the embarrassing way that Claudio slipped off this mortal coil and decides to give him a second chance at living.
However, the Dead Council frowns upon necromancy, and there are consequences for those who contravene the rules. Gee ends up on the run and seeks sanctuary at Claudio’s home. The suits are having none of it, though, and track down Gee and his new human friends, promising to torment them with hellhounds, soap operas, and bad haircuts.
Will Claudio and Gee survive the bureaucracy and live to tell the tale?
Stay tuned for the next episode of Dragon Ball Z! (That’s not really in the book, but I thought it would be funny.)
What about a sequel?
I’m not saying no. There’s still a lot of stories to be told in this world, but it’s all dependent on how this book does. So, if you’d like to see more of this crazy world, buy a copy and tell everyone about it.
Look, I’m going to be honest here: It isn’t financially viable to do a print run. I did the math, and the print edition would end up being too pricey for the readers – and frankly, I’m not comfortable ripping off people for a few extra bucks.
This is one of the reasons that the eBook is priced at what it is. I want it to be affordable for everyone and not be one of those scenarios where you’ll have to pay my month’s rent to read the book.
So, right now, the answer is no. If the digital sales are good, I might revisit the idea and create a cool special edition or something.
Where can I get the book?
The Not-So-Grim Reaper will be released on all major digital platforms (including Amazon, Google Play Books, iBooks, and Kobo) on October 2, 2018 for $2.99 (the price may vary with the VAT charges on some stores and currency conversions, but it’s nothing drastic). You can pre-order from Amazon right now at this link.
If you don’t fancy any of those platforms, drop me a line and we can make a plan via PayPal or EFT.
In closing, let me know what you think of The Not-So-Grim Reaper when you pick it up. I hope your stomach gets a workout from all the laughs!