Sunday, June 16, 2013

Lit Starter: Bringing You the Best in Bookish Projects

Welcome to another installment of Lit Starter! This is a regular look at some of my favorite projects discovered through two popular crowd funding websites: Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The featured projects will be related to literature and comics, but not limited to publishing or writing projects.

Author Greg Stolze wants to get his upcoming novel, Sinner, into as many hands as possible. In order to do that, he's turned to Kickstarter. The novel is finished and edited. In an effort to reduce costs, he's having copies of the book printed on-demand and will be shipping them directly to backers.

Stolze has created and successfully funded nearly two dozen projects on the crowd-funding website. He's written many novels, worked on games, and has a healthy fan base. Based on his history, it's safe to say that if he's promising something, he will most likely deliver.

Sinner is about super villain Hector "Sinner" Lear, who hands over his bad man cape and turns himself in to the authorities. The story is told from Sinner's perspective and is his memories of  the journey from living a life of crime to doing time. 

I grew up reading a lot of mystery novels. A lot. Pretty much any mystery I could get my hands on. The more novels I read, the more curious I became about the bad guy. Many mystery novels are told from the perspective of the detective or other person investigating the case -- the person, or persons, looking for the perpetrator. But I started to wonder: what about the bad guy? What does he think? Why does he do horrible things? 

That curiosity is what interested me in Sinner. While it's not a mystery novel of the traditional whodunit sort, it does tell the story from the villain's point of view. The reader gets an inside look at the how, what, and why of Sinner's crimes as well as his transformation.

If you want to learn more about Sinner or back the project, you can click the Kickstarter widget above or simply click here.

You can learn more about Greg Stolze and his work on his website.

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