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Thursday Aesthetic – It’s not lightly

It’s not lightly that a man chooses his own brother

From The Bonecaster’s Coin
by Sarah Zama
"It's not lightly that a man chooses his own brother" - from "The Booncaster's Coin" by Sarah Zama (magic realism in 1920s Chicago)

A couple of my beta readers asked me what it is of Ghost Trilogy, since I haven’t worked at it or even mentioned it for such a long time.

I haven’t forgotten about it, this I can tell you. This is a story so close to my heart.
I’ve been trying to find a home for it, but so far, no one has shown any interest. I have indeed considered self publishing the entire trilogy, but honestly, it is an investment of money that  I cannot take at the moment.

So the poor thing is waiting on the backburner, I’m afraid. Waiting, but not forgotten!

Pinteret pin. The title reads, "It's not lightly". The picture shows a young Michael Jackson in a frame from the video "Smooth Criminal", vailed by drifting smoke. 'Ghost Trilogy' is magic realism fiction set in 1920s Chicago.

The Bonecaster’s Coin, the first novel in this historical fantasy trilogy, is heavy on the magic realism vibe. You won’t find apparent fantasy tropes in this trilogy but a very gentle, very life-like sense of wonder. 

GHOSTS THORUGH THE CRACKS by Sarah Zama - Getting to know the characters

Susie –  When I dance to jazz music, I feel free
Simon – The dreams fueled my desires and I follow them willingly
Michael – I should have known better than to think my will alone would shaped my life
Blood – There are always voices calling and I’ll always listen

Image of a book titled "Ghosts through the Cracks" by Sarah Zama on a tablet computer.


  • Margot Kinberg
    Posted June 21, 2018 at 13:39

    I hope your trilogy will see the light of day soon, Sarah!

    • Post Author
      Posted June 23, 2018 at 10:20

      Ehhh… I haven’t had much luck with this one, so far. But I hope to find a way, somehow. It’s a story very close to my heart.

    Posted June 21, 2018 at 17:05

    Perhaps one book at a time? The best of luck in any case!

    • Post Author
      Posted June 23, 2018 at 10:22

      Oh, I am working at a book at a time, I wouldn’t be able to work to more than one ;-)
      I just have all these unfinished projects floating around me. I choose one of them to work at and go with that one for a while.
      In this moment, for example, I am working at The Frozen Maze and I don’t intend to focus on anythign else until I’m done with that.

  • Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Posted June 21, 2018 at 18:07

    Hi Sarah – I’m glad it’s still safely at the forefront of your mind …and yes I hope it (all three) reaches the light of day sometime soon – good luck and take care – cheers Hilary

    • Post Author
      Posted June 23, 2018 at 10:23

      Thanks, Hilary.
      I fully intend to see The Frozen Maze seeing the light of day before this year ends ;-)

    Posted June 23, 2018 at 20:12

    Sorry, Sarah. What I meant was to publish one book of the trilogy at a time if you were self-publishing.

    • Post Author
      Posted June 24, 2018 at 09:39

      Oh, I see! Well, I couldn’t do any different. The trilogy is complete in first draft, but only the first novel is in a reading shape.
      I’m a very slow writer. One publication at a time is the best I can achieve ;-)

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