Athol native pens first science fiction novel

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Jon Chaisson, a former resident of Athol, has recently released his first science fiction novel titled “A Division of Souls,” self-publishing it independently as an e-book through Smashwords and Kindle. It is the first in a trilogy, the second and third books to be released later in 2016. A physical edition will be released through Amazon’s CreateSpace platform soon. It was recently featured as a New and Notable book on the e-book/music website NoiseTrade near the end of October 2015.

Set in a far future metropolis teeming with both humans and humanoid aliens, A Division of Souls is a story of two warring factions of supernatural beings, the Mendaihu and the Shenaihu, and the emergence of a powerful young girl who is the only key to end the war between them. The series, which he named the Mendaihu Universe, was deeply inspired by many and varied spiritual beliefs, from Buddhism and Shintoism to Christianity and New Age, but is not necessarily a religiously-themed novel. In the author’s words, the story “…is about learning to do the right thing despite overwhelming outside influences.”

He is the son of local historian and former Athol Daily News and Worcester Telegram reporter, Richard “Dick” and Marie Chaisson of Athol. Nearly all of the trilogy was written at his parents’ home on Sanders Street during the previous decade, and he fondly remembers many an evening writing session with his father typing away at the other end of the room. He chose to self-release the series as he feels the field of independent publishing has never been more vibrant and inclusive than it is now, and he enjoys all the work that goes into it. He maintains a blog, Welcome to Bridgetown (named after the metropolis in the novel), where he shares his experiences in writing and self-publishing.

Book and author information: ISBN: 9781310988905; Price: $4.99

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E-book available at: Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes (iBooks), and many other retailers that sell e-books.

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