A Follow-Up To Souls Triumphant?

Writing is a funny thing.

Sometimes a story demands to be written, and when this happens, it is both exciting and terrifying.

A very long time ago, I wrote a book called Souls Triumphant.  It spent some time in limbo before I finally published it, and when people read it, I invariable heard, “Will there be a sequel?”  Stupidly, I would immediately answer, “No, this is a one and done deal.”

I say this was a stupid response for three reasons.

The first reason is that a writer should never do anything to quell a reader’s excitement.  If people wanted a sequel to Souls Triumphant, I should have at least kept an open mind to it.  Instead, I blatantly stated that there would be no sequel, and in doing so, I effectively lost a future reader for a potential book.

The second reason I say this was stupid is because who the heck was I to say I would never write a follow-up to Souls Triumphant?  As I get older, I realize that there are different phases of “me.”  The twenty-four year old me was one distinctive person.  The thirty-four year old me is someone else altogether.  Both “me,” and yet not.

The third reason is that stories are sometimes out of the writer’s control, and writers would do well to accept that inarguable fact.  As clearly established, I never considered writing a sequel to Souls Triumphant.  But then, about a year ago, an aspect of the story crept into my mind and provoked my imagination.  Every once in a while that little detail would flash through my head, and I would always give it weight.  And then tonight – tonight! – an entire story unfolded as I did the dishes.

I kid you not.

The plot, the characters, the theme – all of it.  It just happened.  I wasn’t trying to make it happen.  I really hadn’t even been thinking about it too hard (on a conscious level).  It just popped in there.  And now that it’s fully there, it has to get out.

Will I actually write it?  Yeah, I probably will.  You see, I care about my characters from Souls Triumphant.  I almost consider them family.  And when it dawned on me that one of them in particular got treated in a way my thirty-four year old self just can’t handle … Well, I guess the story demanded something be done.

Is it a sequel?  No, I don’ t think so.  What I have in my mind is more of a follow-up.  Ten years have passed since I wrote the story, and I want Joe and Alessandra to have aged ten years as well.  I want the world to have moved on, too.  Those ten years, in fact, are essential to the plot I have in mind.  We’ve all matured in the last ten years, and this story will reflect those changes in tone, values, and senses of responsibility.

Times like tonight make a believer out of me.  The imagination and the capacity for love are indeed our most beautiful gifts, and make no mistake about it – love is the driving force behind this story’s emergence.

 

Economy Got You Down? Need Some Affordable Entertainment?

If you’re like me, you’re currently looking for all kinds of ways to save money. I just wanted to remind everyone that this month my two short story collections and novel are each on sale for only $10.00 with FREE shipping if within the USA.

My novel, Souls Triumphant, regularly $15.95, is a story about two people that meet on the street and experience love at first sight. However, before long demons attack them and they learn they were once angels of the Kingdom. When the devil himself appears, they need a little help from above in a man named Buddy. This story has true love, flaming swords, sizzling demons, international adventure, intangible mentors, and even a grilled cheese.

In my two short story collections, The Imagination’s Provocation: Volumes I and II, you’ll experiece horror, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, action/adventure, historical fiction, and even a little romance. If you love a wide variety of genres, these collections are for you!

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Best Wishes,
Scott

Souls Triumphant Sample Chapters and Free Study Guide

Did you know you can read sample chapters of Souls Triumphant?  I also offer a free study guide for any book clubs or classes that decide to make it a focus of study.  Just click the links below and enjoy! 

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The Imagination’s Provocation: Volume II – Join author Scott William Foley on another uncanny journey through the uncharted realms of the imagination! Although immensely different in genre, tone, and setting, Foley’s stories deal with that which we all have in common-our humanity. He brings us stories of love, regret, loss, hope, fear, and redemption. From the vastness of space to a lonely church pew, Foley’s tales will provoke your imagination in ways inconceivable! The Imagination’s Provocation: Volume II is an eclectic collection of short stories dealing with horror, fantasy, faith, science fiction, realism, and everything in between. Prepare for another plunge into the depths of Scott William Foley’s wildest imaginings!

Souls Triumphant: A NovelSouls Triumphant is the story of Joe and Alessandra, two recent college graduates who meet on the street and experience love at first sight. Through a series of adventures and tragedies, they learn the evil Ned and his fallen angels pursue them.  If the world is to survive, they must evade the villains’ nefarious intentions, befriend the enigmatic Buddy, and rekindle their true natures. It’s a story of romance, action, intrigue, fantasy, and faith.

The Imagination’s Provocation: Volume I – Enter worlds where the only limitation is the imagination.  Worlds where an old woman is left a fallen soldier’s medals of distinction for reasons she doesn’t understand; worlds where a cold-blooded killer vows to return from the dead and finish what he started; worlds where proposing to a girlfriend becomes a comedy of errors; worlds where a boy pays dearly for taking a dare to stay the night in a house no one would risk entering; worlds where a genetically-altered government agent, considered a hero by the people, is wanted for treason; worlds where a father loses touch with his son without caring to know why; worlds where a woman is bestowed the honor of destroying an unaware planet, but must choose if she will follow through with her duty; worlds where one word scribbled on a wall can change a person’s life forever, if one is willing to see it; worlds where a stranger’s random phone call renews faith.  Enter these worlds, and prepare to let the imagination soar!

Beardstown Houston Memorial Library Book Signing, September of 2006

The following pictures are from a local authors event at the Beardstown Houston Memorial Libraryin Beardstown, IL.  If you live in the area, you should really drop by and pay them a visit.  These pictures were taken by my incredible wife, Kristen.

All Photographs Copyright © Kristen Foley 2006  All Rights Reserved

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Library Sign

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The Authors

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With Mom and Dad

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Souls Triumphant, On the Shelves

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Signing Books for Generous Friends

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At the Podium

The REAL Poem From Souls Triumphant

Long ago, when I was an idealistic college student at Illinois State University, I studied at a coffee shop in downtown (now called uptown) Normal.  That coffee shop was the inspiration for Illumination, Joe’s favorite coffee shop in my novel Souls Triumphant.  There is a scene in the novel where Joe sits in Illumination and jots down a poem on a scrap of napkin which he later gives to his only love, Alessandra. 

The funny thing is, I wrote the very poem used in the novel long before I ever had the notion of writing a novel.  Nor do I believe I had anyone specific in mind when I wrote it.  However, when inspiration struck, I grabbed a napkin and scribbled it down.  It seemed an appropriate poem when I needed Joe to write one himself. 

I still have the actual scrap of napkin I wrote the poem on to this day, and, believing someone may find it interesting, I’ve provided a scanned image of it.  The poem in the image must have been written sometime between 1995 and 1997. 

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Help Me Support the Bloomington High School Reading Raiders!

Friends,

Come to the Bloomington, IL, Barnes and Noble on December 5th and help support the Bloomington High School Reading Raiders Book Club! They are having a fundraiser where, if you use a provided voucher, they will receive 15% of all sales.

I will give a talk entitled “The Power of Literature” at 7:30 p.m., followed by a book signing, but there will be several other events beginning at 4:00 p.m. Some of these family friendly events include:

•Readings by District 87 administrators
•Appearances by local authors
•Performances by the Bloomington High School Drama Department
•Story time for children
•Puppet shows
•Arts and crafts
•Performances by Bloomington High School musicians
•District 87 student artwork
•Bloomington High School Speech Team performances

I hope you can make it out and support the Bloomington High School Reading Raiders Book Club!