Author John Green Inspires Debut Novelist

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Author Raymond Herrera was inspired by Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’

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SEGUIN, Texas – Author Raymond Herrera can sum up the inspiration for his new novel “The Windmill” (published by AuthorHouse) in two words: John Green.

"Green, the author of 'Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines' and 'Paper Towns,' is in my opinion the greatest author of our generation,” says Herrera. Like Green, Herrera expresses a knack for plucking a character from society’s most marginalized outskirts and turning him (or her) into the book’s loving anti-hero.

In “The Windmill,” Herrera tells the story of Walter Pierce, Jr. All Walter wants to do in life is become an advocate for disabled people, but generally, he doesn’t know how, until he meets Donna, a free-spirited British student who knows how to assist him in his goal. Together with her stuck-up best friend Alice, the trio embarks on Walter’s dream.

Set in San Antonio, Texas, “The Windmill” delivers a compelling storyline and deftly drawn characters. Not fully fictional, the book was partly taken from Herrera’s own life experiences. “I also previously suffered from what Walter faced,” admits Herrera, “and wanted to help make life better for the mentally challenged.”

With fully realized characters and a witty, though plausible, plot, “The Windmill” is uniquely poised to find a reading audience similar to his literary hero.

About the Author
Raymond Herrera was born in Seguin, Texas, on Nov. 26, 1993. He became interested in writing during his middle school years and was heavily influenced by John Green’s novel, “Looking for Alaska.” He is currently writing his second novel entitled, “Under the Influence.”

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