I found most difficult the emotional climax of the story, in which Daniel reconciles himself to his past and finds the way to his future -- his situation, while fantastic, had still to show its universal roots. I was most proud of this chapter, I think, especially when I figured out how to weave Sean's parallel struggles in with Daniel's.
What do you hope readers will take away from FATHOMLESS?
A sense of cosmic wonder that struggles -- triumphs -- out of our mundane apprehension of other worlds, other lives. A kind of "Wow, that was weird, and yet wow, that was cool."
How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?
Well, I'll let one thing sum it up: I queried 281 agents before finding the one who believed in the book (SUMMONED - first in Sean's series) enough to take it on. That was over the course of about two years and one major revision of the manuscript. I had written three novels before SUMMONED. The high school opus, scrawled in a notebook, has been lost, which is the only reason I've given up on it. The other two may yet see revision and submission and publication!
What advice would you most like to pass on to other writers?
Try to write for the writing itself, because publication and reader response and awards and so forth are largely out of your hands. Is doing this hard? YES, oh YES, oh YES, it's hard. Writing can be so lonely and applause can be so sweet, especially in the imagination. I think that the more you can write out of love of the act, the stronger the writing will be, the more satisfaction and peace and art you can achieve.
But. If you've done your apprenticeship, acquired enough self-distance and technical knowledge to know your work is strong and publishable, do not give up. Keep it out in the world, in the game. Howl over setbacks in private, briefly, then resubmit. Write the next thing. Persevere. Persevere. Persevere.
What are you working on now?
The third book in the Sean series, UNMORTAL, which will see his road grow longer and wider -- and darker.
ABOUT THE BOOKFathomless by Anne M. Pillsworth
Sean dips even further into his magical destiny, but will blood prove thicker than the mysteries of Innsmouth's briny depths?
Sean Wyndham has tried to stay away from the lure of magic—the last time he tried to dabble in the dark studies, he inadvertently summoned a blood familiar, wreaking havoc on his town, and calling the attention of the Elder Gods. But now Sean has been offered the chance to study magic with a proper teacher, overseen by Helen Arkwright, a friend of Sean’s father and heir to ancient order of much power, who protects New England from that which lurks in the coastline’s unseen depths. But will learning theory be enough, when there is a much greater magical secret hidden in Helen’s vaulted library?
Accompanied by his best friend, Eddy, and their enigmatic new friend Daniel, Sean wades out deeper into mystical legend and shadow. With hints and secrets buried long in family lore, they turn to the suspicious Reverend Orne once more for assistance. But as Sean deepens his understanding of his power, a darkness is waking...
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ABOUT THE AUTHORANNE M. PILLSWORTH's novel Summoned began the Redemption's Heir series, set in the same world as her short story "Geldman's Pharmacy," which received honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Thirteenth Annual Collection. She currently lives in a Victorian "trolley car" suburb of Providence, Rhode Island, with her wife.
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