West Hills, CA, August 30, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- HomeFire Media is pleased to announce the release in electronic format of 13-year-old author Charles Winterson's novel, "Ship of a Thousand Thunders." The young man wrote the book to try to save his family, who are in danger of losing their mobile home after an extended run of bad luck.
Publisher Shelley Lamb says that HomeFire Media, based in West Hills, Calif., is hosting the electronic version of the novel for free as part of HomeFire's pledge to be socially responsible. All sales will go directly to helping Charles' family.
"This is an opportunity to give something to the community and help out a hardworking family that has just been kicked repeatedly by this economic depression -- let's call it what it is -- that we're in," said Lamb.
"We're a young company," he continued, "but we want to set a tone of social responsibility from the outset."
The author is a student in Las Virgenes Unified School District. He spent most of his summer writing "Ship of a Thousand Thunders" because he saw what was happening to his family and wanted to help.
"My Dad didn't want me to know how bad things are for us, but I kind of figured it out," said Charles, who uses a pen name because his friends don't know about his situation. "Most of my friends have PlayStations and stuff. I just hope I have a home to live in."
Charles said both his parents work very hard, but the jobs they can get since his father was laid off almost three years ago don't seem to cover the family's bills. They are seriously behind on their space rent and mortgage and in danger of losing their home. Charles added their only living relative is unable to help.
Both his parents are former writers, which inspired Charles to write a book.
The young author says, "Ship of a Thousand Thunders" is about a sea captain who gets pressed into service by a king to take his daughter to a distant land, where she is to marry the emperor, thus ensuring peace. However, the princess and her entourage have different plans, and there are magical forces at work trying to prevent the marriage from happening.
Along the way, the heroes discover a castle made of gold, encounter a ghostly warship, fight giants, battle vampires and confront gods. But the sea captain has his own secrets that are revealed as the heroes sail toward their destinies.
Charles said he got his ideas for the novel from reading Norse, Russian and Celtic mythology, and readers may recognize some characters from those legends.
To read more, including a sample chapter, navigate to http://homefiremedia.com/ships.
Also see Charles' Facebook page: