PROVIDENCE (August 19, 2016): Octopus & Elephant Books is pleased to announce the paperback and e-book release of EKO, a fantasy novel from Rhode Island author Loren Walker, and finalist in the Half the World Global Literari competition.
In this first installment of the planned four-part series, EKO follows a teenage medical apprentice, and the trio of siblings tasked with the girl’s protection, and later rescue, from malevolent forces. Set in a parallel world to Earth, and featuring technological wonders, fast-paced action, detective work, brother-sister drama, and a touch of romance, EKO creates a captivating foundation for sequels. EKO also features two powerful, but very complex female protagonists, a subject that Ms. Walker is passionate about. "I use the example of [the film] Iron Man to explain my goal," she says. "Tony Stark is a superhero, but he's also a genius, an alcoholic, a sarcastic jerk, funny and infuriating, and tragic in some ways. I've longed to see more powerful female characters with that same complexity, and I sought to achieve it through EKO's protagonists." Walker's ambition paid off when EKO was recently shortlisted for the Half the World Global Literari Award, a competition seeking stories, novels and screenplays that "brought fresh insight into the lives of women."
Even with such recognition, the road to publication has been difficult; Walker established her publishing company Octopus & Elephant Books after collecting over 100 rejections from literary agents. "I rewrote EKO at least twenty times over two years," Ms. Walker says. "And in the end I still loved my characters, I was still proud of what I’d done, and I wanted to share it. And I'm lucky that technology has advanced so far that I could teach myself about the publishing process, form my own imprint, and be in charge of my own promotions." In time, she adds, she hopes to publish other mixed-genre fiction from New England authors, while releasing the sequel to EKO in 2017.
Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Ms. Walker came to Boston, Massachusetts in 2000, and later settled in Providence, Rhode Island. Earning a Master of Arts in writing and poetry from Rhode Island College. Ms. Walker became an American citizen in 2015, and today works in the non-profit sector as a freelance writer. She will appear at the Narragansett Meet the Authors Pier Event (September 10th, 2016), the Books Under the Tent event at Rhode Island College (October 1st) and at the Rhode Island Authors Expo (December 3rd, 2016).
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