Team Matthew/Emily/Kevin

is creating "Marked" - a Korean American adoptee novel
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Access to our Patreon Activity stream where we will preview each chapter prior to the November launch. You'll also receive free access to all of the chapters as they are rolled out from November through December. Plus we'll think you're awesome!
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The above. Plus high resolution images of Marked sent to your email inbox prior to the November launch. And we'll think you're awesome!
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All of the above. Plus high resolution images of Emily's sketches for her images. And we'll think you're awesome!

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About Team Matthew/Emily/Kevin

What is Marked: A Korean Drama?

Marked
is the first Korean adoptee novel that mashes together influences from fantasy, Korean-Dramas, and illustrated books. The story revolves around Kevin Larson, a Korean adoptee raised on a farm in the midwest, whose life turns upside down when a mysterious Korean woman named Soo-ah Kim arrives on his birthday, calls him by name, and says, "I am here to fulfill your [Korean] father's wishes." The story is trippy. It has magic, love triangles, death, taboo love (?), a powerful and secretive organization. And individuals searching for identity and redemption.

Marked is a project hatched by the three of us -- Matthew Salesses, Emily Evanowski, and Kevin Vollmers. (We're all Korean adoptees.) It's nearing completion, and the plan is to release it this coming November (National Adoption Month) K-Drama style -- two episodes a week, each Monday/Tuesday, for a 16-episode season - on the Gazillion Strong website for the price of $.50 p/chapter. Before we get there, though, we have some work to do.

Currently, the 16 "episodes" have been written, but we need to tighten them up. Also, the images for the first few have been completed, but we need to create more for the entire book. This is where you come in. We need your patronage. One of us is in a PhD program and a freelance writer (Matthew), one of us is an art student (Emily), and one of us is an activist/entrepreneur (Kevin). None of us have the time or the finances to be completing the project with the resources we have.

So, please consider partnering with us by becoming a patron of Marked. The process is super easy. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the amount you would like to offer per month - $3, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 . . . whatever fits your budget. You'll get perks and sneak-peeks along the way. And check out these FAQs for more information.

Many thanks!

- Matthew, Emily, and Kevin

The story behind the story of Marked

Marked started like many other projects -- with a phone call. Kevin reached out to the well-published Matthew a couple of years ago. Kevin, whose experience as an adoptee is littered with "what if's" (What if his Korean father hadn't died? What if his Korean mother and father had stayed together? What if his deceased Korean father's rumored high place in society is true?), asked Matthew to write a serialized novel for the adoptee magazine, Gazillion voices, about a Korean adoptee who finds out that his adoption story was completely untrue, fantastical, and dark. Emphasis on dark -- something Kevin wasn't seeing a lot of. Initially hesitant (he is a busy guy), Matthew wondered what would happen if someone wrote a novel like a Korean drama, 16 episodes illustrated to evoke the visual element. Matthew began to form a story around a central character named Kevin Larson, full of untapped potential. Another character, a mysterious Korean woman named Soo-ah Kim, enters the picture and is tasked with bringing Kevin to Korea, where his biological father is waiting for him . . . waiting with an ulterior motive.

The story took off. Matthew did months of "research," watching K-drama after K-drama and reading YA fantasy. Then, mixing his favorite romantic and fantastical elements, he wrote a draft that became Marked. Kevin and Matthew hired Eric Sharp, a Korean adoptee actor and illustrator, and Eric created this cover.



Kevin and Matthew also pulled in another partner for the project -- Emily Evanowski, a very promising illustrator and student at the School of Visual Arts. Since then, Emily has created numerous images, including the following.






Pretty cool, right? And that is where the project currently sits. We have a solid draft of Marked and great images to get us started. We need your help.
Goals
$5 of $2,000 per month
When we hit $2,000 p/month, we'll have covered all of our expenses for the book launch in November!
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