Aaron Pacheco writes epic and fantasy children’s book
RAYNHAM – Growing up in Raynham, Aaron Pacheco always wanted to get away from it all.
He kept a journal, imagined what his dream book would look like, and traveled nearly five hours to attend Syracuse University.
The 36-year-old grew up being a fan of fantastic adventures like the “X-Men” franchise movies and later “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, and he loved being immersed in a new reality with each story.
“Writing was a way of getting away from it all. I loved creating a world where I wouldn’t feel helpless, ”said Pacheco.
With a story that Pacheco first imagined in college, he was able to share his outlet with others who may feel helpless.
The Raynham native’s book, “The Trials of Ildarwood: Specters of the Fall,” debuted # 1 among fantastic children’s books on Kindle within 24 hours of being available for pre-order on July 1.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said of releasing his book as No. 1 release.
Pacheco said his book has sold more than 400 copies between paperback and Kindle, and another 200 hardcover copies, for $ 14,000 in sales to date.
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“Trials of Ildarwood: Specters of the Fall” follows the adventures of a group of children who navigate a supernatural forest and attempt to harness elemental abilities to fight enemies they encounter.
Pacheco describes the book as “Harry Potter” with a “Hunger Games” twist for people who really enjoyed “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. He has spent the past seven years working on this 776 page fantasy epic for young adults.
“Hunted by faceless hunters who have been corrupted by Past Trials, they each must learn to control one of the nine spectral elements hidden within if they are to save the Ildarwoods, their families and themselves from the dark. corruption “, we read in the summary of his book on his site.
To avoid the hassle of finding a publisher, Pacheco chose to self-publish and hired independent contractors to edit, proofread and illustrate his book.
He also created a pen name to match the genre he writes in, SC Selvyn. The initials represent the title he found in college, “The Sorien Survival Chronicles”, and Selvyn is derived from “in silva” in Latin, which means “of the forest”.
As an openly gay author, Pacheco intentionally incorporated various characters from different faiths, cultures, genres and orientations.
“I wanted to make sure that the world of Ildarwood accurately reflects the world we live in,” he said.
The main frame of the book, Ranewood, is a tribute to Raynham, and local landmarks like Hannant the Florist are also incorporated into Pacheco’s book, as is the history of Rayham’s ironwork.
In the comments Pacheco received, people said his book changed their perspective of their childhood, he said.
“This book is a phenomenal work written by what I can only describe as a gesture of the universe. A true work of art,” wrote an Amazon reviewer.
Pacheco donates copies of the book to local libraries, including those in Taunton, Bridgewater, Raynham, Middleboro and Provincetown.
His brother Lou Pacheco, head football coach at Bridgewater-Raynham High School and school resource manager for the Raynham Police Department, helped promote the book locally.
Now living in Provincetown, Aaron Pacheco hopes to use his first book as a starting point for a series of nine books he hopes to publish annually or every two years.
Enterprise staff writer Darvence Chery can be reached at [email protected] Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.