ByKari Carlisle, writer at

I first met C. Henry Martens through our community art group. My husband and I visited his art gallery and chatted about websites and social media marketing, and we gave C. our business cards which promote our services related to photography, marketing, project management, etc.

C. looked over my card and asked about my editing services. He said he had written a novel and was curious about the possibility of my getting involved. I politely asked what the novel was about, though I was already so busy, I didn't think I would be able to take on another project.

C. went on to describe an apocalyptic scenario so intriguing, I knew I had to at least take a look.

Allow me to back up a bit. I am a nerd. I was raised as a voracious reader of sci-fi by my dad, and I fell in love with Star Wars, Star Trek, the books of Orson Scott Card, you name it. I became an archaeologist because of Indiana Jones. Seriously, grad school and everything. I quit when I found it comparatively boring to the adventures found in books and movies.

Okay, my vanity will not allow me to let you think the photo above is what I really look like. This is me as a geek for Halloween. But I will admit, this is the inner me.

Anyway, C. gave me the first three chapters of his book, later entitled Monster of the Apocalypse, and I was hooked.

Reading about Lecti and Deo and the world they were born into has led me into one of the most rewarding experience of my life - partnering with C. Henry Martens on an adventure of writing, editing, publishing, and marketing. This project has stretched not only my abilities as a project manager, but it has stretched me as a thinker of possibilities.

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