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Book: Before the Chase - A Short Anthology (GrailChase!) by Dara Fogel

Book: Before the Chase - A Short Anthology (GrailChase!) by Dara Fogel

categories: Book, Grail Conspiracies, Alternative History, Historical Fiction, Historical Adventure, Holy Grail, Steampunk


Dara Fogel

about this book: This book is a prequel to the soon-to-be-released GrailChase Chronicles series, which kicks off this fall. The GrailChase Chronicles envelopes my many interests in history, conspiracy theory, metaphysics and the evolution of consciousness... and of course, my newest obsession: Steampunk.

I began writing the story over 20 years ago, during the breakup of my first marriage, as an outlet for my intense emotions and weird interests. At the time, I knew nothing of writing, but I read voraciously. I learned as I went, reading books on writing, filling out index cards, diagramming plot twists, editing & polishing... polishing & editing.

I approached a few agents, but no one knew what to make of my weird story. This was before the DaVinci Code came out, so the heretical theories my stories are based on were pretty far out. I got a lot of "Nice story, but we don't think there's a market..."

After my starter marriage finally ended, I went back to college & found myself fascinated with philosophy, especially ethics, philosophy of religion & what I call the philosophy of the self. My studies forced me to table work on my grand opus, but I vowed to get back to it asap. Well, 3 degrees later, I found myself with no more classes to take & a huge student loan to pay off. So I went to work teaching philosophy - still no time for writing... But I never forgot about my book, and refused to toss out the multiple binders of dot matrix manuscripts sitting on my shelf.

Then, in 2010, the week before he died, my father, knowing of & sharing my literary aspirations, extracted a promise from me to revise & publish this grand dream of mine. He said the one thing he really regretted in his 86 year life was that he had never seriously pursued his dream to be a science fiction author. He strongly urged me not to make the same mistake in my life.

This anthology is the beginning of my fulfilment of my last promise to my father.

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