Seth Overton is the author of The Mortal Gate, his latest GameLit novel that explores the idea of escaping reality versus escaping from yourself.
Born and raised in Missouri, he has found enjoyment losing himself in a good fantasy or science fiction book to feed his love and appreciation for imagination and creativity. Taking his love for books and writing, Seth became an English Language Arts teacher graduating from the University of Central Missouri to teach and inspire the next generation of writers.
Seth currently lives in Texas with his wife teaching high school and also works to write enjoyable, relatable, and compelling stories for his readers.
The Mortal Gate
Connor Wright has always had an affinity for video games. Everything from discovery and adventure to stepping into different worlds outside his own, video games have given him an escape that he’s always looked for. As a college student, he is even trying to develop one himself. His enjoyment of games soon paid off as he is chosen by his favorite developer, Dominic Dawson of SnoWire Interactive, to test a new immersive augmented reality game called ‘The Mortal Gate’. By enlisting the help of his closest friends, and the girl he is crushing on, he is given the opportunity of a lifetime to make his dream come true. But, with new opportunity and the promise of compensation comes an unforeseen risk that Connor and his friends are not ready for. The technology used to immerse the players in the digital fantasy world of Albistair has now trapped them inside with no clue how to escape. With no way to logout or remove themselves from the game, their objective is made clear; find the Keystones of the Mortal Gate, endure the dangers of the game, and face its mysterious antagonist, the Archon, in order to return to reality before the game destroys them. Throughout their journey, Connor and his friends will meet NPC’s that seem a little too real, make questionable alliances, and discover their true that can either bring them closer together or tear each other apart.