Kevin Jackson recently published his novel entitled Storytale. Even though Jackson remains busy working full time and raising his young family with his wife, he couldn’t let go of a dream driving him since his high school days: He has to write.
He wrote his first sonnet when he was 16. Two years later, he completed his first novel. By 22, he had a second novel under his belt. He’s recently passed the number of sonnets Shakespeare penned. Now, only a few years removed from college, he has completed and published his third novel, Storytale.
Storytale is not your typical novel. In fact, after searching widely, Jackson has not found any novel written the way he crafted Storytale.
The two main characters of Storytale speak in iambic pentameter—the meter used in lines of sonnets with alternating unstressed, stressed syllables—for the majority of the book. When the words of Jackson’s female character, Queen Bidellia, are pulled from the text, you’ll find a consistent rhyme scheme. Jackson uses the rhyme scheme popularized by Shakespeare for most of Storytale. However, you will find a different pattern at various points of this novel to reveal a different mood in his characters. This other rhyme scheme is one Jackson developed ten years ago and uses in his vast collection of sonnets.
Although Storytale is a fantasy novel originally intended for middle graders to young adults, Jackson feels this book should appeal to anybody if not for the sole purpose of curiosity. How did he incorporate poetry like that without skewing the flow of his story?
You can find out how Kevin Jackson accomplished this. Storytale is available as an ebook through Smashwords.com after October 11.