#GuestPost: The Process Of Writing By James Drummond
My readers would love to know how The One You Feed came about. Was it difficult to write? Or was the process a more simple one?
I have always been a fan of horror stories and scary movies. Watching or reading these stories as often as I do, I can’t help but imagine different ways they could play out. What if the monster had appeared at a different moment? What would the hero have done? What if the action taken had been taken in Act II instead of Act III? So many people have taken popular creatures and attempted to tell their own tales involving vampires, werewolves, witches, and demons. Some I’ve rushed to read or see and greatly enjoyed, others not so much. I decided I wanted to try writing a series of books using these creatures and see what I could come up with.
The One You Feed is the first book in the series (I recently completed the second book, Something Wiccan, two months ago). It was at first a difficult undertaking because it was my first attempt at writing a novel, but even when I was struggling I still greatly enjoyed the process. I had my idea and was driven to see it through (still am). I went out and bought a book literally titled Your First Novel and read up on structure, POV, “show, don’t tell,” and how to write strong dialogue. Then I went to work, writing and rewriting, until I felt I’d told the story I wanted to tell. I had several supportive friend and a professional reader take a look and continued to learn tips and tricks for establishing settings, smoothing out transitions, and creating ‘character tags.’
The idea for this book came simply enough, but that wasn’t always the case with the actual writing. Which I imagine is pretty common. I went back to the drawing board probably more than most would with this book, but I learned a lot in the process and very much enjoyed learning all that I did. I think I also benefited greatly from all the feedback and advice I received. When I finally published the book on Amazon, I had a story and characters (including the ones who didn’t survive) I was extremely proud of.
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Like most kids who grew up in the small Oregon town of Silver Falls, Toby Hoffman had heard all the scary stories about the monsters living in the neighboring woods of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Now a teenager, he knows the stories are made up to keep the town’s children from wandering where they aren’t wanted.
Then his best friend, Nate, wakes up covered in blood in the reservation woods, with no recollection of whose blood it is or where it came from. When even more brutal attacks follow, Toby can’t help but wonder if one of the fables he was told as a child might be true. With the help of Rachel, a determined Native American girl who has moved off the reservation and into the house next door, he begins searching for an explanation for the recent carnage. He also develops feelings for his new neighbor, which are put to the test when he and Rachel discover that her uncle may be responsible for the emergence of a legendary monster that does in fact exist.
To make matters worse, there’s evidence that Nate was turned by the beast, and that he has every intention of holding onto his extraordinary new creature capabilities no matter the cost. In order to save Silver Falls from a true scary story, Toby will have to face off against forces he doesn’t fully understand – and his closest friend.
About The Author:
James is the author of The One You Feed and Something Wiccan – the first two books of the Out of the Dark series.
He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his girlfriend Angela and two cats named Tim and Ruby.
During the day James is a Senior Instructional Designer for an e-learning development company, where he writes activities and scenarios to educate learners on a wide array of topics—from fast food to PTSD therapies. A Graphics Designer at the company, Wojtek Batko, designs the covers for James’ books.
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