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Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | Lifestyles | November 16th, 2009

Away from Everywhere

Brilliantly crafted through thought provoking sentence structure Away from Everywhere will make any reader believe they are one with what they are reading.

Away from Everywhere has been receiving more than its share of welcoming reviews since it made its debut and the positive feedback has not left the author anymore humbled or down-to-earth then he already is.

Twenty-eight year-old Chad Pelley spent an entire year crafting this beautifully written novel, which he then rewrote into the masterpiece it is now a year after that.

“I had a rough draft down in a year…then I spent another year rewriting it,” admitted Pelley. “I find getting stories on paper easy, but being happy with the sentence-level writing is seemingly impossible. My goal as a writer isn't to tell a story, it's to have my writing reach a hand out from the book and drag the reader down into that story.”

The highly acclaimed novel Away from Everywhere encouraged Pelley to explore the flipside of love and how the pace and structure of modern life interferes with who we are.

Pelley is an award-winning writer from St. John's, Newfoundland where he sits on the board of directors at the Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Presently Pelley is working on three very different novels of which he has written the first chapter for each.

He admitted to also having a collection of thematically linked, short stories that are at the half waypoint of being done. The (short) writings “explore the complexities and fragility of human relationships, and those few distinct moments when another person changes who we are or how we see the world.”

Pelley describes his debut novel as “part family tragedy, part warped love story, and Away from Everywhere is a full-on-heart-stomping page-turner.”

Pelley's advice to writers everywhere is as follows: “If you do get published, be voraciously ambitious in getting your name out there so you don't disappear under the pile of books that came out the year you did.”
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