INMATES & BOOKS

A Long Time Coming, by Matthew Epperson

I did it. I have completed a novel. It’s taken me about 20 months and a ton of rework, but it has been worth it. Ruse of Discontent (previously known as A Splendid Compromise) has taken flight through the US Postage and will be touching down in a few days. I’m fortunate enough to say that I have scrounged up the funds to afford a professional editor, and that I have support within my family to guide the book where it needs to go. I’ll be submitting Ruse of Discontent into the James Jones First Novel Fellowship at Wilkes University before the deadline date of March 15. I’ll also be submitting R.o.D. to the Milkweed Foundation along with several other competitions, in hopes that I will gain some acclaim and direction. Sure, I’d love to win, but more so, I’d like notoriety. And if a publication deal comes my way, I’ll thoroughly consider it, though I’d truly like to self publish and stay connect with you, my fans.

Over the course of the past 20 months, I have been on a roller coaster ride of trials, emotions, adversity, and joy. R.o.D. has been a bittersweet undertaking and I’m thrilled to be able to call myself an author. I want to encourage any of you who are striving for something; whether it be a novel, a new job, schooling, or even becoming a parent. Opportunity only presents itself when you strive. If you stop, you will never know what the ultimate outcome would’ve been. And let’s be honest with ourselfs, hindsight is 20/20. How many things have you strived for that didn’t benefit who you are today? I’m not talking about success. I’m talking about the benefit that comes with the struggle itself. When we dedicate ourselfs to something worth having, there is an internal reward that keeps us going. Maybe it’s pride. Maybe it’s foolishness. Whatever the case, the struggle itself is a character builder. I know from experience.

Also, I want you to know that I’m not done writing either. I’m now working on short story that I also feel will be a major success. Gotta stay true to yourself and not quit!

Go see something live!

Matthew Epperson
DOC #284812

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