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“A couple of years ago, I was living my own life in search of purpose—though, I was going about it all wrong. I never finished school and every ‘day job’ was wasted on daydreams of being better. Or, maybe just being different—I am not sure if I knew the two apart. Life was just a cycle of bright ideas smothered in dark rooms; being better would have been great if I would have actually applied myself. Eventually a series of mistakes, anger and selfishness sent me to New York City where I stayed for nearly two months. I was finally invisible; no one knew me or cared to know me. In this, I found the courage to be myself. I accepted that I wasn’t happy. Once all of that sunk in, I started to think about where I last saw happiness. I remembered it being bare and revealing.”
Tanner Lutheran, the author of a new, debut novel called “I Hope All of Your Flowers Turn into Beautiful People, Volume 1: Detached,” wants his first book to be more than just a reading experience, but a visual and musical experience as well. He enlisted some talented and creative friends to develop multimedia components to enhance and support the raw emotion of this travel and romance novel. And, AMPLIFIER will be offering exclusive details regarding Lutheran’s multidimensional project leading up to and surrounding the release.
Lutheran is a 20-something North Carolinian with a livelong curiosity about the writing process. His seventh grade creative writing teacher first encouraged him to practice more, and ever since, he’s seen the world in a more detailed, emotional way. He focuses on describing seemingly trivial objects and concepts in elongated, in-depth verse and has written personal journals, poetry and reviews for most of his life.
There’s a sense of wonderment about Lutheran. He can often be found deep in thought and focused on minute details. Yet at the same time, he enjoys being lighthearted, whimsical and easygoing. Lutheran is as introverted as he is extroverted, and as straight-focused and calculated as he is open-minded and philosophical. After recovering from a traumatic childhood injury, Lutheran has adopted a sincere appreciation for life and actually living it. Instead of resorting to feeling stuck, lost or reeled into the post-college existence like the majority of his peers, Lutheran decided to embark on a new, creative experiment to the writer’s mecca: Brooklyn.
Although living in small North Carolina towns helped shape who he is, it was inevitable he would want to spread his wings and explore more than what’s within the state’s borders. While in Brooklyn, he tapped into his short-story writing skills to gain inspiration for his novel. He became overwhelmingly inspired and introspective, thus his desire to write grew into a need. Within a few short months after moving back to Wilmington, North Carolina, he spilled his imagination out onto over 300-pages of heart-felt, honest and eloquent text which is loosely drawn from his own experiences.
Lutheran is self-publishing this debut novel, diligently working to incorporate a complex and sensory-rich experience that could set him up for a wildly successful launch for such a unique project. And, it’s a project worth supporting.
Below is a synopsis of “I Hope All of Your Flowers Turn into Beautiful People, Volume 1: Detached” from the author:
“[It’s] based on the diversity of instant gratification and sustainable happiness. It is about two people (Astrid and Zachary) who meet after Zachary sporadically leaves his life on a quest of purpose. They have to learn to overcome austerity by building from nothingness instead of around it while on their vision quest across the country. As the story progresses and the characters lose both faith and possessions, they have to accept that sometimes the deeper truth is just admitting that they are wrong, to push forward and never give up. It is a coming of age, travel and romance story.”