(Let’s have a round of applause and comments for special guest, C.S. Boyack!)
Thanks for having me over today, Charles. You usually get a visit from Lisa, my assistant and spokesmodel, but today it’s me. There is a bit of a personal story behind this book, at least as far as inspiration goes.
One of the common topics for a blog tour is what inspired this book. I’m going to address this here, but it isn’t easy for me to talk about. My own son helped inspire this story, and not in a good way.
There is a whole generation of young people who appear to be lost. We coddled them when they were young, and protected them from anything distressing. This includes the use of participation trophies, defending them to school administrations, and making sure they had the latest and best technological devices growing up. This generation has never been told no.
My son is one of these people. I admit my role in all of this, and my wife’s role too. He is one of the people hooked on opioid painkillers, and lacks any ambition or desires whatsoever.
It’s possible The Yak Guy Project was my attempt to reach a happy ending here. Somewhere along the line my son, and the Yak Guy, never got life’s lessons the first time. Yak Guy was given a second chance, but he has to learn many of these lessons the hard way.
At the beginning of the story, Yak Guy is a parasite upon his friends. He has been sleeping on their couches, eating their food, and not providing one iota of assistance back in return.
The story takes place in an alternate world, and Yak Guy has to learn the basics like food, water, shelter, he has to learn to take care of his personal possessions. There is a scene where he learns to interact and show a bit of gratitude to someone who helped him.
This may sound kind of mundane, but it takes place in a harsh environment. Learning these things is one way to survive heat stroke, abandonment, predation by animals, and starvation. His actions have consequences, and some of them are life and death consequences.
When he is deemed worthy by his mentor, a talking yak, he rejoins society and starts learning even bigger lessons. Things like brotherhood, friendship, sufficiency, and even love.
The Yak Guy goes from a parasitic lifestyle to someone worthy of respect and becomes a valid leader. He learns how to value those less fortunate than himself, and to help them survive the harsh realities of this world.
It’s also one of my stories, so it has some warfare, a few swords, and the occasional lighthearted moment. I hope you’ll join The Yak Guy on his journey.
Imagine waking up in the desert with no idea what happened to you. You have clear memories of situations and places, but a complete loss in personal matters… like your own name. This situation is bad, and you have no idea how to get home.
When you’re rescued by a talking yak, the situation gets exponentially worse. You’ve obviously lost your mind. The immediate needs of a ride off the salt pan and searing heat, along with a drink of water, outweigh the concerns about your mental state.
This is exactly what happened to the Yak Guy. In fact he’s been placed in an alternate world and given a chance to start over in life.
Can this selfish, almost parasitic, young man learn to start over in a world where charity is hard to find? Life is brutal and short here, but he’s going to have to adapt or perish.
The Yak Guy project is loosely based around The Fool’s Journey from the Tarot. Those with experience in Tarot will spot people and situations from the Major Arcana.
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.