Student Senate President Publishes Crime Novel – The Wayne Stater

Student Senate President Carter Ossian has published his first book chaotic reasoning this month of June after almost three years of writing process.

Reflecting Shakespear’s direct foreshadowing Romeo and JulietOssian hints at upcoming events in the opening pages, including revealing the small pool of suspects.

This detective thriller follows the story of five siblings who reunite after long periods of separation to care for their father following the death of their mother.

Even though they couldn’t have more differences, they work together to buy an old rural farm estate for their father in hopes of rejuvenating his vitality for life. After a while, this seemingly innocent action takes a sinister turn.

A couple of nefarious events led to them getting stranded and losing all sorts of communications, including their phones. Then, a building containing their vehicles burns down, leaving them stranded.

One by one, the siblings, in increasingly suspicious ways, begin to suffer horrific accidents, which eventually turn fatal. Suspicions arise as the group slowly realizes the murderer is one of them.

As the title of the book suggests, the certain brother has extremely chaotic reasonings for his actions. Ossian chose this simple, catchy title because it evokes a sense of impending doom that perfectly encapsulates the unfolding of events.

The writing process, Ossian said, began his freshman year of college in a fiction workshop taught by Professor Stephanie Marcellus.

Marcellus had assigned a final article, giving the students creative freedom to tell a story about whatever they wanted. Ossian’s 10-page draft acted as a condensed version of his now complete novel.

The author said Marcellus gave him the confidence to pursue this story after working on it in class, saying he could one day turn the story into a complete manuscript. He remembered laughing at the time, brushing off the sentiment. Now, three years later, the physical copy can be purchased from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads, Google Play and countless other independent bookstores across the country.

“It was a pleasure working with Carter on his honors project and seeing the short story he wrote for a previous workshop evolve into a full-fledged novel,” Marcellus said. “It was wonderful to see her hard work and talent rewarded with the publication of her novel, chaotic reasoning.”

The English Education major decided to fully commit to writing this book and using it for their honors project. He also worked to ensure that Chaotic Reasoning would fit into the Young Adult genre, finding a place in high school and college libraries.

“I wanted to use some of the themes of poetic language that I saw in some of my other classes that I took,” Ossian said. “And to build it around the style of language that could be easily placed as a high school or college library for young adult literature.”

Keeping the story on track with its intended verse became one of its biggest challenges. To stay in the right frame of mind for writing, he stuck to a tight schedule of writing one page and then reading 10.

For motivation and inspiration, he turned to his all-time favorite author, Agatha Christie. Ossian said Christie takes up a large portion of his list of most treasured books.

While adding descriptions and backstory to the tale, Ossian also drew inspiration from his own life. He grew up on a rural farm plot with two older sisters and used memories of sibling disagreements to portray the characters early on. Her father, also a published author, was also instrumental in the writing process, offering advice and support when needed.

After the writing process, the search for a publishing house began. Ossian remembers the agonizing feeling of sending in a piece of work he put in for hours, hoping it would be accepted. After each of the four companies he contacted said yes, he chose Dorrance Publishing located in Pennsylvania.

He had chosen this group because of their direct roles in creating a cover, providing a team to help with the writing and editing process, and publicizing the book on social media.

For anyone considering writing a book or wanting to know how to finish it, Ossian would like to offer the advice of patience.

“[You need to] recognize that some days will be good days to write and some days you won’t even want to think about it because you can’t even stand it,” Ossian said. “Be able to set those days aside to give yourself that break because you need it or you’ll get writer’s block. And then if you force yourself to write, it’s not good writing. You should only write because you want to.

The book is dedicated to Joey and Deb Ossian, the author’s parents, and Stephanie Marcellus, stating “who else would have been just a dream”.

As a senior in college, Ossian has no plans to embark on another long project among other final projects and post-graduation plans. However, his creative mind has already begun to formulate his next adventure.

Irene B. Bowles