How do you fight evil if death is not the end?

Seventeen-year-old Mia trusts no-one. She wants to - she’d give almost anything to be able to - but when your physical and emotional safety depends on the acute awareness of every whim and mood swing of your narcissistic, rage-filled mother, mistrust is a survival instinct.

Expert at reading body language, facial expressions and vocal fluctuations, Mia is permanently prepared to fight or flee at the slightest hint of anger, aggression or even just disapproval. She’s learned it’s easier to be alone.

But Mia’s not alone. In fact, she’s been under surveillance for some time and the supernatural creature watching her is about to make a report to its masters that will make them question everything they thought they knew about death, life and what happens in between.

You know that kid who’s too easily startled? The one who ‘can’t take a joke’, who bursts into tears too easily and is so often the target of bullies? Or the bully himself - or herself - always on the defensive, hitting out at any attempt to connect? They’re the hyper-vigilant kids, living their lives drenched in adrenaline, never able to relax and just trust even a moment of peace or happiness. It’s mostly miserable, but, as the world’s military and crime-fighting organizations know, hyper-vigilance isn’t all bad – all that adrenaline can lead to heightened reflexes, sharper hearing, improved observation.

So I wondered: What if that hyper-awareness could be expanded? Not only in support of special-forces level martial arts and spy-craft, but increased, through meditation practices and supernatural rituals, to a state beyond hyper-vigilance - super-vigilance, if you will. A state wherein the supernatural beings, elemental forces and energy flows which so many people swear surround us, unseen, become not just seen but a source of power. For good or evil.

That was the seed of The War of Wind and Moon – the idea that children who have suffered in ways no child should suffer could become superheroes… or super-villains. The idea has grown, over decades, influenced by my study of ancient history and philosophy of religion and, most of all, by my years living in Japan and Thailand – where both Shinto and Buddhist spirituality and cosmology were a part everyday life. Those of you with a taste for manga and anime (which I’ve loved since I was a child) might see the influence of their big-picture, save-the-world stakes placed on the shoulders of young adult protagonists.

You will find the first nine chapters of The War of Wind and Moon: Season One to read here on Inkshare. Chapter Nine takes us to the end of the first Act of Season One and the first major turning point for our protagonist, seventeen-year-old, Australian Mia Delaney. Season One is set primarily in Melbourne, Australia but supporting characters are also seen in Nagoya, Japan, where we will spend more time in Season Two. Each season will have its own arc, which I will bring to the end in each book, but it is an epic story, and I am putting to use my screenwriting training and treating the whole thing rather like a television series, with a major arc which will play out over the whole series (and is the war to which the title refers.)

I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough to tempt you into reading the sample and, whether you decide to pre-order or not, I hope you enjoy your time reading. If you do decide to pre-order, your support will be whole-heartedly appreciated!

*P.S. If you’re partial to audio storytelling, I’m podcasting each chapter as I finish it, and you can subscribe on any podcast app via iTunes or listen and read along on my blog at www.narrativedisorder.com (where you’ll also find the text posted as I finish each chapter, if you’d like to follow along the full drafting process and you can learn much, much more about me.)