“Sometimes, for one’s own sanity, it’s best to rip up an entire life and start again. The question is: whose life? And who does the ripping?”
An Other’s Look will be published by Unbound Books. You can support its publication and preorder a copy by clicking here. Set in the near future, it is a darkly humorous tale about the filters and frames we use to shield ourselves from reality, and what might happen should we discard them. Although it is not a sequel, it is related to the novel, The Wrong Story, which was also published by Unbound Books in March 2017.
Germaine Kiecke was a foundling, an orphan, brought up by the infamous ‘Motherhood’ in a Belgian orphanage. Now she is a successful art academic who defines herself by her profession and prefers to experience the world through art and an augmented reality game called Happy Family. But when the artist Tom Hannah, the creative force behind Happy Family, moves to Spain, surrounds himself with high walls, three large guard dogs called Harpo, Chico and Groucho, and a runaway who teaches him to think like a tree, his existential melt-down threatens all Germaine holds dear. She is forced to re-engage with life and travels to Spain to try to make things right. Along the way she meets people who are also, for one reason or another, dependent on Tom’s fictional world to augment their own ‘real’ lives.
Unbound Books are a crowdfunding publisher and James has described why he chose this publishing route in his article on crowdfunding The Wrong Story. You can see all his updates on the progress of the crowdfunding campaign by clicking here, and view the promotional videos here and here and here.