Over the past decade I’ve been working on a time-travel trilogy, occasionally reflecting back to my childhood and young adult experiences and incorporating it into the plot. While the hardships of spending nights riding a subway train were an emotional and sometimes physical burden for me, there’s been a wonderful conclusion to this period of time.
I’ve been able to heal while writing NECESSARY HEARTBREAK and EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER . It’s also given me a chance to reflect upon the story and the characters and what they truly mean to me.
One of the characters the readers have asked me about in particular is George Farmer, an old man who is found on the streets of Northport by the police with a suspicious fatal wound. What was George’s background? What was his purpose to the story? Why was he found dead in that part of the book?
While writing EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER I thought often about whether to expand George’s role. But I was satisfied enough that the plotline was intriguing and the story moved in a consistent pace.
Of course, once the book was published, it continued to bother me that I didn’t fill in the blanks enough for the reader. So I decided to write a prequel to EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER, a novelette. I felt it important that the reader should know who George Farmer was in more detail and to bridge the gap between the two books.
There’s a twist, too, in showing the relationship between Pastor Dennis, Michael Stewart, and George Farmer. George was a man of strength, love, faith and hope. Perhaps someday you’ll run into someone like him. Or better yet, you already have.
Michael John Sullivan
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