November 10, 2013
A University of Virginia first-year student is preparing for his first novel to hit bookshelves around the world.
Author Schuyler Ebersol wrote The Hidden World during a difficult chapter in his own life. A mysterious medical problem kept him homebound, but it opened up the doors to a fantasy world that he is now sharing through the book.
In 2008, Ebersol was struck with an unknown illness that caused fainting spells.
"At my worst point, it'd be nine times a day and I'd basically crawl places and people would have to help me go anywhere," he said.
Because of the uncertainty of his condition, Ebersol was asked to leave his high school.
"Writing really because extremely important to me when I was told I couldn't come back after finishing up that first year," said Ebersol. "I spent two years at home fainting five or six times a day not really able to think straight or see straight most of the time."
Ebersol took to his laptop as an escape. The days spent typing turned into his first book, The Hidden World: The Age of Tolerance Book 1.
"It's about a young adult teen who has a heart attack and slips into a coma, and when it wakes up in his hospital room he turns into a wolf," said Ebersol.
The character unlocks his mind's full potential, allowing him to do things he never thought possible.
Ebersol says the "Harry Potter generation" will likely get the most out of the book, whose main character can manipulate weather patterns and turn wood into gold.
During his personal struggle, Ebersol says it was writing that helped him pull through.
"For anyone who is going through any kind of a rough time the best thing to do is find something you're really passionate about and pursue it and totally lose yourself in it. It could be writing, it could be painting," he said. "If you can find something and lose yourself in it, then that's the best way to get better and keep yourself sane while you're getting better."