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F. Iyamu

F. Iyamu

F. Iyamu has been writing her entire life. The intersection of identities and experiences have birthed a book series not to be ignored. She's worked at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banker and Google as a Product Marketing Manager.

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This up and coming fiction author is passionate about giving voices to the voiceless. The many walks of life she's seen and absorbed has inspired the mission of this series to highlight nuances in history, while shining light on diversity, in a way that further opens the mind of current and future generations. F. Iyamu has been writing her entire life and the intersection of identities and experiences have birthed a book series not to be ignored.
She is from the New England suburbs and went to undergrad at Brown University. She started her career in NYC Goldman Sachs Investment Banking and currently works for Google as a Product Marketing Manager.
http://www.icarusthemoonandsun.com
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If Icarus, the Moon and Sun hits 500 pre-orders by Sunday 30 August 2020 8 P.M. UTC, then it will be pitched to 7 traditional publishers when the campaign ends. If Icarus, the Moon and Sun hits 250 pre-orders by Sunday 30 August 2020 8 P.M. UTC, then it will be pitched to 5 hybrid publishers when the campaign ends. If Icarus, the Moon and Sun hits 500 pre-orders by Sunday 30 August 2020 8 P.M. UTC, then it will be pitched to 21 publishers when the campaign ends.
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Icarus, the Moon and Sun

Out of the Darkness

Giving voices to the voiceless, four uniquely global characters with one all-knowing deity, manifest magic, discover their path. And you, can, too. A rule-abiding girl from East Berlin, a well-off girl from SoHo New York, a happy boy from India discovering his sexuality, a selfless boy from North Korea doesn't know there's a word for what he's looking for, transgender.

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Contemporary Fiction #1 in Contemporary Fiction
45,000 words
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Synopsis

Giving voices to the voiceless, triumphant and melancholic, four uniquely global characters with one all-knowing deity, manifest magic, discover their path. And you, can, too.

We meet Wōwō, our narrator, first. Wōwō is everyone and no one all at the same time. Always honest, always holding space, always sticking to the mission, the purpose. As usual, she speaks first in poetry and then in prose, speaking directly to the reader. We feel a fast pace and challenge from the start as she introduces the mission of our characters in a way that feels like we're watching a reel of disconnected film. Our story exists in no time or space. It's contemporary, but we see two character storylines placed in historical fiction timelines.

Our first protagonist is Liv from East Berlin when the wall was up. She has wide eyes and bites her nails, but we begin to see she is a product of her family and her environment. There's an underlying tension as she begins to question the world she lives in from the perspective she gathers from her dreams as she sleeps. Liv's mystical power is Precognition. As the reader sees her dreams, we also can understand what is coming next in the storyline. Our character's biggest shift happens when the Berlin Wall falls. We feel a tension with this character as she struggles to find herself, which inhibits her path and ultimately readiness to explore her strength and divine timing to meet the other three characters.

Our second protagonist is Sofíann. She wears dark colors, has simple style, and bangs. She is wealthy, and lives in SoHo New York with her parents. Her anger propels her life, and she is the first character Icarus appears to, and early on. Icarus is the embodied version of Wōwō, who visits and speaks directly to our protagonists. He usually comes with a challenge to wake up our characters from their thoughtless paths. We learn about the intricacies of race relations in America through Sofíann, a white woman. And in this way, we learn with her. Though she may feel problematic to many audiences, this is intentional. Deconstructing systems of oppression is complex and is often gone about in inappropriate ways by self proclaimed allies. We see the most growth from Sofíann and she manages to meet another character by the end of the book. Their power is unlocked, but not as strong as it will be with all four of them together. Sofíann's mystical power is Clairvoyance.

Our third protagonist is Saurabh. His stomach protrudes from the extra love and food his mom gives him as an only child. He smiles from ear to ear because he's grateful for his life in the mountains of Northern India. He lives for the spring when his family's mustard flowers fields are blooming bright and yellow. He falls into the arms of mother nature, and makes a wish. He has one wish - To one day be openly, accepted as bright, and loud, and gay. We see Saurabh's innocence and bliss stolen early on, and through him we meet the antagonist. The antagonist is The Shadow. He wears a sinister smile and hums a melancholic tune. His whiteless, pure black eyes penetrate your soul. He wears patchworked pants of inverted human skin. The rugged sewing details confirm they are handmade. He dances as smoke fills your eyes. His dirty, dark, matted hair sways left and right around his hips. Through the support of loved ones and recognizing his own strength, the mystical power of a Manifestor, Saurabh makes it to Mumbai and rewrites his story. There, he confronts the Shadow. The Shadow becomes more ferocious as our characters gather agency and momentum, acknowledging their truth, unlocking other realms and dimensions, setting themselves, and others, free.

Our final protagonist is Un-byol. He is the youngest of two siblings, in North Korea, during the leadership of the "Supreme Leader." His father tells him, "to be a man." And this stings him because it's the opposite of what he wants to be. Un-byol does not identify with his assigned gender, but with the lack of information in the Hermit Kingdom, he feels ostracized and alone. He is caught wearing his sister's dress, an absolute crime against the state, and this propels the storyline forward. His mother is killed, his sister disappears, he is put into kyohwaso, Kaechon concentration camp No.1 for reeducation to serve a fifteen year sentence for his transgressions against the people and the nation. Icarus visits him there and in this way, we see Bokyung's storyline and Liv's are in fact connected. Un-byol's storyline is the most fantastical as he needs the most divine intervention in order to find freedom. He is an Empath and an Aerona. His journey is heart wrenching, like any North Korean defector's, but full of hope.

Two characters meet in this book, while two indirectly affect one another's lives in a tremendous way. By the next book, all the characters will know more about who they are, will meet, and change the world together by exploring and altering historical fiction timelines.

Why support this book?

  • This is the first book of a series. The second book is currently being written, and the goal is to publish the second book no more than 1 year after the first.
  • Each reader receives both the novel and the standalone poetry book, which allows for a consumer double win, and can simultaneously appeal to both fiction and poetry book aficionados.
  • Access to a large network (>1,000) at Google for sales conversion. Book tour to drive pre-orders internally at Google through August. I will conduct instagram LIVE interviews on accounts with 2.5K, 12K, 16.4K followers respectively. Email campaigns to >500 people and website live already.
  • The story was written with the long term idea of television and/or movie screen adaptations. It should be translatable to a stage, given its narrator and character approach.
  • Studying Economics at Brown University, Career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs, and Product Marketing Manager at Google. As mentioned, I will utilize these massive networks for sales conversion.

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  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera because we see the storyline from multiple viewpoints, and in this way, it shapes our point of view more clearly. The story is honest, and not optimistic. It speaks truth to life by showing the details of a post war country and the day to day ways these characters survive, and in this way, aligns well with my book. The book was published in 1984 by Gallimard‎.
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse because the book is focused on getting to know the main character as he gets to know himself and define himself. It's about the journey and personal discoveries along the way. My first book of the series is about exactly this - us getting to know the characters as they get to know themselves on many levels. The choices they make will either propel them or stagnant them towards their mission and growth. The book was published in 1922 by A New Directions Books.
  • Oh, the Places You Will Go! by Dr. Seuss because the poems are simple, so simple a child can understand. But so profound any adult can see their own path and decisions reflected back in this book. We begin to understand that good things, and bad things, and confusing things happen to everyone. You can end up in "bang ups and hang ups" or in "the waiting place." It's simplicity and truth set it apart. The book was published in 1990 by Penguin Random House LLC.

Audience

The current and next generation of open minded readers, discovering and defining who they are, while curious to learn from the past and present.

Advance praise

- Max Minckler - Regional Google Consumer Insights Lead, Asia Pacific, previously Senior Director, Consumer Insights at Penguin Random House

- Janet Cooper Nelson - Chaplain of Brown University

- Book reading audience in Singapore

“Simply put, it’s magical.”
"Instantly quotable and memorable."
“You cannot lie to Wōwō, or yourself.”
"I get goose bumps from this story."
“The book interrogates you to become a better person.”
"I have to know how it ends!!!"
“Definitely a book found on Oprah’s book list.”

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  • Update #1 - We've hit 100 pre-orders! Aug. 5, 2020

    Hello friends, family and readers,

    I've officially hit 100 pre-orders. I'm so excited but also shaking with anxiety :D I have 400+ pre-orders to ...


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  • Harrison Paup
    on July 31, 2020, 5:29 p.m.

    I can’t wait to read !!
    Xxxxx
    H

    • Anonymous
      on Aug. 3, 2020, 2:36 p.m.

      Thank you, Harrison! Means the world to me

  • Sophia Stefanovic
    on July 31, 2020, 11:15 p.m.

    Always inspired: Your writing inspires me and you are inspiring. Can't wait to read this! Congratulations a million times over, F.!

  • Julia Elstrodt
    on Aug. 1, 2020, 1:05 a.m.

    So proud of you and excited to start reading!!!! You Goddess!

  • Gabriel Jimenez
    on Aug. 1, 2020, 2:13 a.m.

    Proud of you for setting this goal and pushing for it to manifest!

  • Ann Waris
    on Aug. 2, 2020, 2:30 a.m.

    Awesome so excited to read your first book

  • Natasha Stevenson
    on Aug. 2, 2020, 4:35 a.m.

    Felicia, so proud of what you’ve accomplished and what is to come! Can’t wait to read this amazing book!
    - Natasha

  • Kallene Ryan
    on Aug. 3, 2020, 4:44 a.m.

    Incredible and congratulations Felicia! I really look forward to opening those pages and becoming a part of this ❤️

  • Julie Keeler
    on Aug. 3, 2020, 5:01 a.m.

    Can’t wait to read this! So damn proud of you beautiful!

  • Meggie Schmidt Hollinger
    on Aug. 3, 2020, 6:34 a.m.

    I cannot wait to read your book! Thank you so much for the incredible effort to bring it to light. ❤️

  • Lydia Joukowsky
    on Aug. 4, 2020, 1 a.m.

    Love you so much and am immensely proud of you for creating where your heart and soul are satisfied

  • Esteban Walther
    on Aug. 4, 2020, 10:59 a.m.

    Lots of Success my Dear! Can 't wait to read it!! Beijos

  • Sophia Seawell
    on Aug. 4, 2020, 11:24 a.m.

    congratulations Felicia! this is an amazing step. will keep my fingers crossed that you reach your pre-order goal xxx

  • CLARE CHIA
    on Aug. 6, 2020, 5:09 a.m.

    you'll do so well, i am so proud of you, fel!

    share your light and knowledge for the ones who need to hear it. share your light to the oppressed and the repressed. share your light to the world!

  • Elana Burton
    on Aug. 6, 2020, 7:40 p.m.

    Best of luck from a fellow Googler and black woman! Rooting for you to get the book deal you're gunning for.

  • Umma Saini
    on Aug. 7, 2020, 5:26 p.m.

    So proud of you, Fel.
    The world is lucky to get a glimpse of our beautiful heart and pure soul through your words. Shine on.