Treat time! I’m uber jazzed to have the fabulous Lisa, spokesmodel for C. S. Boyack drop by today to talk about Craig’s newest release, The Yak Guy Project. Craig is one of my auto-buy authors, but Yak Guy holds a special place for me. I was a beta reader on this book and it’s just so . . . odd. Hey, odd is a good thing! I adore odd!
The story is filled with sly twists and turns, quirky characters and creatures, vivid descriptions, and clever dialogue. Trust me, you’re going to want to one-click this novel. You can do that right here and check out my 5-star review while you’re at it.
Want to hear more? Lisa has the low down about some of the research that went into this one . . .
Thanks for having me over today, Mae. It’s nice to get out of the writing cabin once in a while. My assignment today is to talk about Craig’s new book, The Yak Guy Project. This title has caught people’s attention, and there have been some positive comments about it. All I can say is the guy is a project throughout the story, he rides a yak, and he really doesn’t have a name. He adopts one later in the story so he can interact with others.
It may seem odd to talk about research for speculative fiction. There is so much what if going on, and creatures are made up on the fly, that research seems kind of unimportant. The truth is there is always research.
Craig nearly got swept away by the Research Sirens on this one, when he dug into the silk trade. Guess I should tell you, that with a yak in the story, there is an Asiatic vibe about much of the setting. Anyway, the silk trade is fascinating. From gathering the worms, feeding them, keeping them happy with music and temperature controls, it became kind of a distraction. There were entire trade routes established just for the silk trade, and I’m sure there are many stories someone could tell.
That’s kind of the problem. The Sirens want to wreck an author’s ship against the rocks of research. Most of the research in a story leads to a paragraph or two, sometimes only a sentence. Craig spent weeks digging into the silk trade, because it was interesting. It became a distraction.
Fortunately, I was able to pull him back and get him focused on Yak Guy once more. There was other research involved too. Small things like the edibility of bamboo shoots, snakes with legs who wound up looking like Chinese dragons in the story, even color phases of yaks. We spent a day learning about farming and harvesting rice. My point is there is always research, even in speculative fiction.
Yak Guy is the journey of a worthless young man. He learns to take care of himself at the hands of a mentor, who happens to be a talking yak. Then he is taken to a place that’s designed to show him what he can expect out of life. Where he can want something more than survival in the wilderness. What he winds up wanting is a girl, a specific girl that’s a little out of his league.
Anyway, our Yak Guy turns out okay in the end. He learns a lot of life’s lessons, and some are hard lessons too.
The bonus is all the silk outfits I walked away with. I wound up with some beautiful clothing when helping Craig with dialog and positioning. We decided to make some posters of these, and I brought you and your fans one today.
I’m currently on the lookout for pirate girl outfits. Is there anyplace around here that might have stuff like that?
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.
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