Friday, April 8, 2016

A few words from Mark Wakely, author of A Friend Like Filby, currently on Kindle Scout

A few days ago, we introduced you to A Friend Like Filby, the latest novel by Mark Wakely. He has it in the Kindle Scout program, where readers such as yourselves can preview it and vote for it to be published on Amazon. If it is chosen, you will get a free copy of it if you voted for it. Mark had a few words about his book that he wanted to share with you, before you go over to vote for the book:

A Friend like Filby is my second novel. My first is An Audience For Einstein, published by Mundania Press. A special 10th anniversary edition of the book was released last year. 

A Friend Like Filby might best be described as The Catcher In The Rye meets Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. The story begins at the start of the three main characters' senior year at high school and concludes on their graduation day, with all the usual (and unusual) high school events and a parade of colorful classmates. I wanted to write both a funny yet poignant book, so the chapters nearly alternate between the two extremes. 

One of the secondary characters is George's younger brother Kenny, who's autistic. George is extremely loyal and protective of Kenny, especially after their mother died. George's unusual obsession with time travel begins not long after his mother's death, and is a kind of coping mechanism that masks his prolonged grief. Mostly, George is determined to find a perfect friend like Filby in the 1960 movie The Time Machine. His two closest friends, Dave and Nancy (AKA Onion) struggle to understand his obsession, as does George up until the very end.

A Friend Like Filby

True friends can make all the difference.

George has been fascinated with the idea of time travel ever since the shocking death of his mother when he was ten, and hopes someday to find a friend like Filby, the closest friend of the time traveler in the 1960 movie The Time Machine. George’s high school friends, Dave and Nancy (AKA Onion), struggle to understand his odd obsession. The story takes place during the three friend’s senior year, with a major revelation in store for George on graduation day.

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