Drink or bathe in its azure waters, and the fount turns back the hands of time. At least, that’s how the legend of the Fountain of Youth goes. And it is this mystical fountain and the fight to escape the clutches of death that serve as the basis for College of Idaho alumnus Chris Farnsworth’s new novel: The Eternal World.
“I’ve always been fascinated with immortality,” Farnsworth said. “But the story itself came from a couple of movie producers.”
Producers Tom Jacobson and Monnie Wills were told they needed to have a book before their idea surrounding the Fountain of Youth could become a movie. That’s where Farnsworth, a 1993 C of I graduate, came into the picture and put a plot to their premise.
The book, which hits shelves Aug. 4, comes on the heels of Farnsworth’s popular Nathaniel Cade trilogy, about an immortal vampire who works for the President of the United States (Blood Oath, The President’s Vampire, and Red, White, and Blood).
Farnsworth was excited to switch over to a new book, especially since his last novel Red, White, and Blood, dealt with the grimness of serial killers.
“It was nice to move into a different world and move into a different character for a while,” he said.
As the clock ticks down on the release of The Eternal World, Farnsworth said he will be checking amazon sales and rankings regularly. For now, there are no plans to write a sequel to this book, though the possibility of a moving hangs in the balance.
And even though he has a number of published books under his belt, and has had his work appear in the Los Angeles Times and New York Post, Farnsworth doesn’t feel as if he’s hit success. For him, there is always another hurdle to jump.
“I don’t know if you ever know if you’ve made it,” Farnsworth said. “Maybe Stephen King knows.”
Farnsworth didn’t come to The College of Idaho with writing in mind. While he’d wanted to be a writer since he was five years old, a career in writing didn’t seem practical. Maybe after he retired from being a lawyer, then he could write a book. In fact, he still thinks about going back and getting a “real” job.
But C of I professors such as John Rember, Howard Berger, Diane Raptosh, Mark Smith and Kerry Hunter influenced him to pursue his passion.
“They were all very influential and helped push me,” Farnsworth said. “They were all professors, but they were also all friends.”
On one hand, Farnsworth said, you go to college to acquire knowledge in order to go out and make a living. On the other hand, you go to learn who you are and how to go out into the world and live life. And Farnsworth learned he was a writer, and not a lawyer.
And while the road can be hard—Farnsworth has gone through tough times financially and faced the cold steel of rejection—taking the one less traveled by has made all the difference for this alumni novelist.
“Life is short and if you have something you really want to do, you should do it,” he said.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.