- Paperback: 402 pages
- Publisher: Worldworx Publishing (October 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1916430120
- ISBN-13: 978-1916430129
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Towards the Within
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From the Author
I first started writing Towards the Within in 1999. Then, it was nothing more than journal entries from my 1996 and 1999 trips around India where the notes were compiled into a format to represent a book at a later date. In 2014, it became an obsession. I spent countless hours formulating a story that in part was based on my journeys and elements of my own past as a child.
I was left in awe of India, not only of the beautiful country itself, but the many cultures, people and traditions that were laid before me around every turn. The more I wrote, the more I disappeared into the pages and at times I found it difficult to pull myself away from the world I was so heavily absorbed into.
I'd previously written from a commercial aspect and of course in English at school, but writing a novel was completely different. I realised as I embarked on the quest that it was a lot more difficult than I could have anticipated, and in order to get to where I wanted, I knew I'd have to spend any extra time reading as many books as possible so I could study what it is to be a novelist.
Between 2014 and 2017 I read over 200 books, studying construction, prose, dialogue and character development, and by the end, I realised I'd totally found my niche in life. I couldn't see myself doing anything else. It's been an amazing journey, not only from an educational perspective, but to dive deep within myself and reach into memories I'd long locked away and to revisit the country I hold so dear to my heart.
Although Towards the Within is a work of fiction, certain aspects of Sam's background are based on my own life as a child. I would often find myself travelling a path that I simply didn't want to take, encountering experiences that would bring me to some very dark places as I wrote. More often than not I would work until the early hours of the morning and after many sessions I'd be left feeling quite drained. On several occasions I would leave the house in the middle of the night and walk until the sun rose just to get my head straight again.
The book is a character driven story and covers many themes including depression, abuse, love and friendship.
About the Author
Reece Willis is an English author whose journey into literature began at an early age. His imagination was lost to the travels of Rudyard Kipling, the adventures of Mark Twain and nail-biting prose of HP Lovecraft. He was rarely seen without his head buried deep within the pages of a book. By the age of 11 he discovered Roald Dahl and CS Lewis's land of Narnia and commenced the long running series of Fighting Fantasy and Lone Wolf novels, whilst his late teens took him into the dark corridors of Stephen King, Clive Barker and Dean Koontz.
In the nineties he wrote copy for a world renowned holiday corporation and later went on to study writing and photography with the Morris College of Journalism. At the end of 1999 he started his own travel company and by 2014 he sold the business to pursue the writing of Towards the Within.
Reece has travelled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East. He currently resides in England where he is working on his third novel. His second book is due to be released in 2019.
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What adds another dimension to this book is that throughout it is peppered with the stories of the author and the people he meets.
This is an interesting book on many levels. The author witnesses the violence in Kashmir that has crippled the city. He is physically attacked and turned away because of his race in several locations. But it seems this rejection and physical violence that reawakens his inner demons and allows him to come to terms with them in a more manageable way.