Greetings, patrons! My name is Thomas Castle and I need your help.
I'm 22 years old and I've been writing and working on various stories and ideas for over a decade. Most of that is not public, as it was either for hobby purposes or just not very good. I'd like to change that with the Sorrows Of Blackwood franchise, starting with Solemn Graces.
About My Stories
My current focus is Solemn Graces, a long-term serial drama that serves as the backbone of a larger franchise. Taking inspiration mostly from supernatural and Gothic horror stories, Solemn Graces stars a witch by the name of Grace Morgan, who discovers the dark and foreboding town of Grimstead hiding away in Blackwood Forest. This terrifying town is a world where nightmares and superstitions are real and where supernatural mysteries pop up on a daily basis. Grace takes it upon herself to investigate them - with a little help from her partner, a local gravedigger known as Gallo Belgrave.
As stated, Solemn Graces is intended to be the first story in Sorrows Of Blackwood, a franchise of ensemble character dramas set in a secluded valley called Inglenook. More series will come if Solemn Graces proves successful, and several of them are already planned out. While each one will have its own tone and setting within the Inglenook, all of them will be largely character-driven and explore themes including sexuality, disability, the effects of abuse, and the meaning of family and familial relationships.
Each series in the franchise is formatted like a television series - grouped into "seasons" of 10 stories each, which will usually be 3 to 5 chapters long. It should provide a good and easily digestible length, both from a reading and writing perspective.
At the moment, Solemn Graces is my focus because it's where the whole story starts and I just don't have the time to focus my writing on anything else right now. However, once it gets rolling and proves successful, I can start thinking about lending focus on the other series as well!
You can find out more about Solemn Graces, as well as Sorrows Of Blackwood, on the official Tumblr page! If you'd like to chat directly with me or other fans, why not join the Discord server?
Where You Come In
So what do I need Patreon for? Basically, so I can focus on writing and publishing these stories and turn it into my full-time job. Pledging to Solemn Graces means that:
- I'll be able to afford fancy cover art to publish each completed serial with.
- I'll be able to produce useful marketing materials such as brochures and flyers and those pesky Twitter ads.
- I'll be able to survive and stuff and still have time to produce entertainment for all of you.
(Note: Depending on how many patrons I get, I might change this system up a bit in the future. For now, though, it's what works out the best for me.)
Each and every patron will receive a coupon code so you don't have to make another purchase just to get your own copy of the completed release.
Take a look at the other links to find a pledging level that works for you!