Travis Winks discusses Shattered: 67 days to a household’s self-destruction

Right now we welcome Travis Winks to debate his new memoir, Shattered: 67 days to a household’s self-destruction.

Travis Winks on writing ‘Shattered’

Why does a author write? I’d assume there are many motivators.  To create, catalogue, mirror, honour, put bread on the desk, the checklist might go on and on.

I started writing my story for one cause and one cause solely.  To grieve.

When an individual loses a cherished one or suffers a traumatic expertise, they grieve and it often begins seconds after the occasion.

Not for me.  I wasn’t afforded that chance due to the nightmare mess my household had discovered itself in.  It turned my position to navigate us via a tunnel that felt like was closing in just like the slim finish of a funnel.  It was an uncontrolled beast and I couldn’t see a end line.

For people who love and assist victims of psychological sickness and victims of home violence, is there ever a end line?

Is an individual ever utterly healed? Hopefully, they offer themselves the chance to seek out out however for these serving to and left choosing up the items, the end line feels simply as distant because it does for the poor buggers who’re crippled by despair or lured out and in of violent relationships by narcissists.

What my household went via throughout a tumultuous 67-day interval again in late 2016 nonetheless isn’t over.  The harm stays together with the fear for these which are left.

One other household tragedy in July 2018 was the ignition for me to open up my laptop computer and begin writing Shattered.

I all the time thought the explosive and harmful journey my household went on would make one hell of a narrative, that’s the journalist in me however as I started writing I shortly realised that it was my means of grieving.  I had 18 months of grief constructed up inside my physique and writing about it was a cathartic launch.

As my writing helped me via that interval I additionally started to consider that my household’s story might assist others.  There are not any clear minimize solutions or options on the right way to cope with family members battling despair or serving to these concerned in a violent relationship however help is paramount.

Supporting these offering the help can be simply as essential.  Having been on this journey I really feel that there’s a main gap on this space.  The supporters, who’re those left choosing up the items are sometimes the forgotten folks.  Fortunately my now spouse Amanda was proper by my facet all through and stays my predominant help at present, as I do hers.

Nearly each household has a darkish chapter and mine is not any totally different.  Mine simply had various points compound without delay and my brother, sister and father all made selections that affected many individuals, not simply themselves.

For each motion there’s a consequence and the implications will be catastrophic.

I hope studying Shattered encourages folks to consider those they love, take into consideration the selections they make, to make higher selections, settle for assist when it’s provided and wanted and take a look at life and extremely difficult conditions in a different way.  We would not get the right final result however hopefully, the worst-case state of affairs will be prevented.

I’m not sharing my household’s story for pity.

Life is price dwelling. We solely get one likelihood at it and if you happen to or a cherished one finds themselves in a troublesome scenario or ready the place they really feel helpless I hope this story makes them realise that life is price combating for.

Shattered Guide Synopsis

Shatter, 67 days to a family's self-destruction67 days to a household’s self-destruction

A real story concerning the devastating impacts of psychological sickness and home violence that noticed one household self-destruct in simply 67 harrowing days. Instructed via the eyes of a hurting brother and son, this tragic story follows three members of the family via a collection of selections that deliver the household collectively after which tear them aside. Nearly each household has a tumultuous chapter and this story is about the true influence psychological sickness and home violence can have. The results aren’t solely catastrophic for victims, but in addition for individuals who love them. Travis tells his story with rawness and honesty, but in addition with hope and humour.

(Simon & Schuster, September 2020)

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In regards to the Writer, Travis Winks

Travis Winks is a breakfast radio information presenter primarily based in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Winks was born at Ipswich hospital in 1980 and attended Ipswich Grammar Faculty earlier than graduating with a journalism diploma from the College of Queensland. He has gained various radio and tv sports activities journalism awards and is the previous Sports activities Director for the Australian Radio Community in Sydney. Winks spent three years dwelling and dealing within the USA as one of many inaugural co-anchors for ESPN’s Worldwide Sportscenter. He’s an avid fan of the Brisbane Broncos and enjoys fishing when he will get the prospect to moist a line. Join with Travis on Instagram.

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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