The Paladin Nation is rebuilding.
Socket Greeny is leading them into a new era of compassion and understanding. But when Pike returns, Socket discovers nothing is what he expected, that his life has been planned from the beginning. He is faced with ultimate betrayal. In the end, he won't be asked to save the world. It'll be the entire universe.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
When did you start writing?
My first effort started with Socket Greeny. It was a story I started for my son because he hated to read. It didn't work, but this character – Socket – took root. It was the first time I felt possessed by a character with a story to tell. It took me 5 years and countless rewrites to get it right. I waited by the mailbox after that, but the giant paycheck never arrived.
If you can't make money, why write fiction?
I didn't say you can't make money. There are a lot of people out there with a good book, whether it's romance, dystopia, science fiction or young adult. I'm just a minnow in a crowded pond. It took a good deal of networking and research to realize just how hard it is.
Thanks to epublishing, I can get the book out. That frees me up to write what inspires me. Writing is the true love. There's something deeply satisfying to have characters come to life in your mind and watch their stories unfold. It's a deeper experience than reading someone else's story.
What do you want readers to get from your stories?
I've always been inspired by fearless writing that asked poignant questions; questions like who am I and what is the universe? Things that made me look at life slightly different; books that exposed a layer of reality. Writing in the young adult genre appealed to me most because that's the age I really craved those questions and answers.
I want readers to see the world slightly different.
What is your favorite character?
I love a bad, bad antagonist that you can't entirely hate; there's some smidgeon of redemption you feel inside this demented, sorry character. Heath Ledger's Joker. A despicable character that didn't deserve an ounce of pity, but, for some reason, I didn't hate him as much as I should have. It's that character I find most intriguing. In The Socket Greeny Saga, the character Pike was my Joker.
About the Author
I grew up in the Midwest where the land is flat and the corn is tall. The winters are bleak and cold. I hated winters.
I always wanted to write. But writing was hard. And I wasn’t very disciplined. The cold had nothing to do with that, but it didn’t help. That changed in grad school.
After several attempts at a proposal, my major advisor was losing money on red ink and advised me to figure it out. Somehow, I did.
After grad school, my wife and my two very little children moved to the South in Charleston, South Carolina where the winters are spring and the summers are a sauna (cliche but dead accurate). That’s when I started teaching and writing articles for trade magazines. I eventually published two textbooks on landscape design. I then transitioned to writing a column for the Post and Courier. They were all great gigs, but they weren’t fiction.
That was a few years later.
My daughter started reading before she could read, pretending she knew the words in books she propped on her lap. My son was a different story. In an attempt to change that, I began writing a story with him. We made up a character, gave him a name, and something to do. As with much of parenting, it did not go as planned. But the character got stuck in my head.
He wanted out.
A few years later, Socket Greeny was born. It was a science fiction trilogy that was gritty and thoughtful. That was 2005.
I have been practicing Zen since I was 23 years old. A daily meditator, I wanted to instill something meaningful in my stories that appeals to a young adult crowd as well as adult. I hadn’t planned to write fiction, didn’t even know if I had anymore stories in me after Socket Greeny.
Turns out I did.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Socket is pulled into another Universe and faces Pike, his friend and hero. Things are not as they seem to be as Socket learns that he may not be who he thought he was. Trapped in this unknown Universe Socket has to fight his own demons to get back to the Paladin Nation in time to save the world. Lets Talk About It: Book 3 - The Legend of Socket Greeny I cried. Yes, I cried. If you've read the first two books then you've gotten pretty attached to these characters, especially Socket. This book from beginning to end, especially end, was an emotional book to read. Socket goes through so much emotionally you can feel it jumping off the pages. You also can't help but to be proud of Socket as he works through everything to come back and save the world. Putting aside his own feelings, his own needs, to save the world and the people he loves in it. The ending tore me to pieces. This was an EXCELLENT trilogy. I wish there had been more books just because I enjoyed the characters so much. The way this book ended gave a bittersweet ending to the books and that world which I couldn't have asked for more. Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
First 2 books were good but this one felt forced with too sentmental ending....hard to finish it