FARMINGTON — Morgan Comnick was encouraged to write a book by Farmington High School Language Arts Instructor Tim Banger during her freshman year of school.
Her instructor’s enthusiasm put Comnick in motion.
Ten years later, a published work born out of that initial conversation has hit the virtual bookshelves for purchase.
“Spirit Vision,” a young adult paranormal/romance book published by Paper Crane Books became available for purchase Dec. 17 on sites like Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, E-book, Smashwords and the publishing company’s site as well.
Comnick spent four years working on the book— through her years at Farmington High School before graduating in 2007. It took another four years to find a publisher, then another year to get the book into print.
Having an overactive imagination turned out to be a plus for Comnick. She had an idea for what direction she wanted her story to take in just two weeks.
She also focused on the area of spirits and ghosts — two subjects she enjoys reading.
It’s also no coincidence the main character, Stary, is a high school freshman.
“High school plays a big part in the book since it was a big part of my life at the time. So, it was easy to write from the point of view of a high school freshman,” she said.
“Spirit Vision” tells the story of Stary Moon, a high school freshman who is put on a mission after receiving strange visions following the death of two students — Maren and Umbra.
A synopsis of the book explains “Stary never imagined that her strange visions meant that she was the Spirit Warrior for God and now with her powers activated, she must train to use them and try not to get caught by the murderer who has the ability to hide and conjure up the dark powers from the fallen angel himself-Lucifer. If Stary fails, not only will she lose her life, but Maren and Umbra will lose their entry into heaven and the world will be exposed to the madness of the murderer for the next forty years until the new Spirit Warrior is born."
The author says most of the characters in the book are based on people in her life, something which will come as no surprise to those friends.
“I told them they were in the book. I just didn’t tell them what character they were. I want them to figure it out,” Comnick said. “I’ve been very hush-hush.”
The lead character is loosely based on Comnick, with added characteristics the author wishes she had.
“I made her a little braver than I was at that age. And, of course, I don’t have supernatural powers,” Comnick said with a chuckle.
Her husband, Derrick, is not in the book. They met in high school, one year after she started writing the book.
“He told me he did not want to be a romantic interest,” she said.
The publishing company is a owned by a friend Comnick met in high school. She discovered her a couple years ago through social media and learned the friend started the company.
“She was very supportive,” Comnick said.
The artist of the book, Suzy Zhang, is another friend Comnick met through online conversations on a favorite website.
Before reconnecting with her friend, Comnick received around 40 rejection letters from other publishing companies — something not uncommon for authors.
She had the chance to visit with students at Farmington High School, giving advice on what it takes to get a book published and answering questions the students posed to her.
During that visit, she got the chance to tell her freshman teacher how his encouragement pushed her toward the goal of being a published author.
“He was surpised to hear that,” Comnick recalled.
For more information, visit Comnick’s website at www.morganscomnick.com.