Hello, I am the one called Tres… though, my mother named me Aaron, and that’s how all my friends and family in corporeality know me. I was born to this life with all of the memories of my former lives, and I knew, from past lives, that I was not supposed to remember. No one remembers. No one realizes we each live many, many lives. I… this life has been a struggle. Imagine realizing you’re about to be born, about to begin life anew, and you have the awareness and all the experiences and knowledge of an adult—who’s lived countless lives. Being an infant was almost unbearable; I was trapped inside a body that couldn’t allow all of the movements I wanted to make, that I knew I could and would make one day. But, my mother and grandmother are… possibly, the best I’ve ever had, and with their love and devotion and understanding, I made it through.
What is your role in the story?
What story? What do you mean?
What is your favorite hobby?
(laughs) I’ve had many. In this life, I focused on reading, especially while I was so limited in the world, trapped in such a young body. But, when I first realized… when I was visited, I… I struggled with that too. And I felt I had to test, to challenge, all the ideas that were presented to me and… and find out what is real and what is not. I tried sky diving for the first time in all of my lives! And that was not the day that I was supposed to die. (laughs)
If you could make one wish, what would you wish for?
To be with them all—all those I love—now, and forever. And, if I could have a second wish, I would desire for all in existence to know their mien and enjoy all their lives to the fullest.
What challenges are you trying to overcome?
Adjusting to what I was meant for, to whom I’m meant to be. There is only one, and… it happens to be me.
Title: The One Apart
Author: Justine Avery
Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he’s lived before.
Tres is about to be born… with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.
He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he’s too afraid to ask: why am I?
In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.
Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.
Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.
Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.
Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.
Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.
Book buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076B7RDWY