“Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture, p.79
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME…
It has been a long time since Book 1 of the Speedsuit Powers Trilogy released. That was in December of 2009. Since its release, many lives have been positively affected. (Take a look at the Reader Feedback tab). However, to my dismay much opposition has also been encountered.
Apparently, some people have a problem that my book mentions God in a positive light. This became an intense area of focus in 2010 when I was invited to be a Keynote speaker at a secular institution - only to have that invitation revoked mere weeks before the event when someone cried “separation of church and state.”
And after my novel was adapted into an independent film in 2011, and was screened in over 12 private venues in 2012, some members of a school district had a problem that in a film about school bullying, the bullied student eventually chose to stand his ground (while seeking help from friends and adults). And there was also the issue that the cast was almost entirely African American and “didn’t reflect the demographics of the student population.” They used these two reasons as “cause” to cancel a screening for their student population (which has a large proportion of minority students).
It seemed as if every attempt to do something positive for the community was met with opposition from people whose actions indicated that they did not wish for the young people in their care to rise and do well in life. And the greatest opposition came from people who never even bothered to read the novel, watch the film or talk to me directly.
BOOK 2 is COMING.
Dealing with these and regular life issues (like losing my job and being unemployed for just over a year while trying to provide for my wife and 2 year old son) caused me to put Speedsuit Powers: Book 2 on hold (after writing about 60 percent of the story). Some time ago though, it dawned on me that since I was writing a story about people who were encountering serious opposition in life and were fighting to overcome their obstacles; it shouldn’t seem strange that opposition was knocking on my door.
Maybe next time I will write a book about a main character who encounters no opposition and for whom everything goes smoothly! …Just kidding… Now I see that opposition merely serves to reveal a person’s level of desire and commitment. Just like the quote from the late Dr. Randy Pausch, which I shared at the top of this post.
So, I am back to finishing up Book 2, and the hope is that you will love it! Get ready for the best summer read of 2014! It is a much bigger story: The opposition is greater and the stakes are higher for Curtis, Treyshawn, Kelly, Omar, Miranda, and Jim. New characters are also introduced who are sure to be just as memorable as the characters you have grown to love from Book 1! Also expect to read aspects of Book 1 from new perspectives as the story digs deeper into the motivations and histories of the characters, while forging forward into the future!
So, purchase Speedsuit Powers: The Powersuit - Book 1 and start reading so you can be ready for BOOK 2. Can’t give you the new title yet… but you will like it. And I will do my best to share updates with you as we get closer to the release date.
My desire and commitment continues to be the same: to create stories that inspire, motivate and educate readers towards their purpose.
Keep pressing forward towards your dreams… even if you encounter opposition. Don’t let opposition make you bitter. Let it make you better.
-Allen Paul Weaver III, Author of the Speedsuit Powers Trilogy