I finally did it. I finished the first part of my serial novel. It’s made up of 24 chapters that I plan to release weekly over the next few months.

In the novel, 17-year-old Ben Reuben tells his grueling story of life in an abusive home in rural Texas. When his father hires an undocumented immigrant to help him on the farm, all hell breaks loose. Ben is always caught in the middle of trouble, trying desperately to overcome cowardice, cultural norms, and family pressure.

Join Ben in his story of survival, hopelessness, and perseverance in this exciting drama.

Start Reading A City in Heaven

Release Schedule and Availability

One chapter of the serial novel is going to be released per week, following its tentative release schedule.

I’m very excited to have the privilege of making my work free and publicly accessible. I don’t expect to make any money off this project, so I’m free to tell a story that’s meaningful to me.

Story Inspiration

I had a chance to live in Honduras for a couple of years, and while I was there, I met a taxi driver who shared his story of traveling to the US for work. After a few attempts at writing his story, I decided it was best told through the lens of the family who hosted him.

While the serial novel is inspired by this Honduran man’s story, I have added details inspired by my life and the lives of folks I’ve crossed paths with. I may share more about the story’s inspiration as time goes on, but I don’t want to spoil anything yet.

Let’s Talk

Part of the fun of releasing a serial novel is the ability to talk about a story while it’s being published. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, preferably on Mastodon.

Happy reading!