“End Of The Innocence” is the 11th book I’ve published to date, and by far the darkest in tone. The novella tells the story of high school principal, Trevor Raines, and his interactions with students at St. Bernardino Secondary School, with one student in particular — Nathan Lane Covington — proving to be more problematic than all the rest.
When I finished the first draft, the student’s name was originally Roger Lane Elliot, but after the unspeakable incident in California where Elliot Rodger reportedly injured and killed so many back in May, I had to set the novel aside.
I was in a quandary as to what I should do. The story was well-crafted, and one I had put considerable research and effort into writing. It flowed well and provided a number of jump off points where readers could discuss any number of current situations happening in society with others (regardless of whether they were reading the same book).
I turned to a handful of literary colleagues and asked their opinion on the matter. Each of them suggested that I set the first draft aside for 6 to 8 weeks, return to it, change the student’s name, and move ahead as usual. I wasn’t sure that was the way to go, but I did think it was prudent to set the story aside for a month or two while I decided what to do.
Upon returning to the story earlier this month, and reading it from start to finish, I came to the conclusion that while the name of the character and the name of the student in Isla Vista may have been eerily similar (in fact, nearly identical), the story itself was one that needed to be told as well as shared. And so, I returned to work on the story … revising it, adding parts, removing parts, proofing, and editing.
And Roger Lane Elliot became Nathan Lane Covington (thank goodness no one by the name of Covington decided to go on some sort of rampage on the day “End Of The Innocence” was published).
For those of you who enjoy reading the “Missy Barrett Adventures” series as well as the Missy Barrett Conversation series, this novella is the antithesis of everything you’ve come to love about Missy Barrett (who, by the way, turns 9 at the end of August). Now, this doesn’t mean that readers will come away hating Nathan Lane Covington. It means that Lane will make you think differently about certain things than you already think … and not necessarily for the best either.
Thomas D. Tayor, an author in his own right, wrote the Foreword, sharing his view on not only the story, but on how society is forced to address the reality of our youth these days. While his comments are brief, they, too, are very telling.
So, what’s the story about, you ask. Here’s a brief synopsis:
A principal’s job is one that requires more than just a college diploma and the drive to move up the management ladder. It can be rewarding but rest assured, it can also be taxing. With the axis of power shifting in society, what does this mean for Trevor Raines, principal of St. Bernardino Secondary School? It means the job requires a bit more finesse and a lot more paperwork … especially when Nathan Lane Covington is registered for classes at the school.
“End Of The Innocence” is a psychological thriller guaranteed to keep readers glued to the page as they make their way through the day with Trevor Raines and Nathan Lane Covington. What first seems to be a difficult situation soon becomes one that ends in ways no one could have imagined when the first school bell rang that morning.
Wouldn’t you like to know what happened between the first and the last school been of the day? Of course you would.
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