Innocence Waning was conceived as a one chapter short story that I wrote at the beginning of the year 2015. That chapter has since been fundamentally changed one hundred times and if doesn’t suck the reader into the story, I have failed as an writer. Subsequently, I composed the subsequent five chapters simply to amuse myself around Easter in 2015. I was bored at the time and I was in desperate need of a positive outlet. Good feedback was received from unexpected sources which encouraged me to continue writing. The aforementioned short story morphed into a work of literary fiction that spans 217,000 words. The full work comprises two books that took three years of my life to complete.
Innocence Waning Part 1 is the first of two completed books set in Melbourne, Australia. It tells the story of precocious sixteen-year-old Chezdon Morrison who desperately wants to lose his virginity. He has an addictive personality, faces the rigours of attending a Melbourne-based private school, and has to adapt to the unfortunate spoils of reality after coming out. Dysfunctional adults play a large role in this fictional piece of literary fiction. Their lives intertwine with those of the teenagers, providing the catalyst for the poignant climax at the conclusion of the second book. This is a realistic story of queer teenage life in Melbourne where Chezdon and his mates learn that in order to find themselves they first have to lose themselves.
Innocence Waning Part 2 is the explosive and confronting final part of Innocence Waning. Chezdon must navigate a perfect storm of romance, sex, jealousy, drugs, abuse, and confusion with seemingly no way break-free. The Gordian knot that bound his once-perfect life completely unravels as his relationships with friends and family disintegrate as long-hidden secrets are revealed. His addictive personality combined with his questionable choices sends Chezdon further down a rabbit hole that he may not able to escape from. This is the powerful finale to the epic first book that is Innocence Waning.
Innocence Waning is currently being distributed via IngramSpark to all good booksellers and all of the usual online marketplaces, including Amazon, Google Books, and Apple.