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Tell us a little about how you got started as an author and how you came up with the idea for this book.
I’ve been writing for 13 years now, anything from short stories to novels, and rarely in those 13 years have I had a session of writer’s block. But the one time I did, my wife was there to help me. There was a span of about a few months where I couldn’t for the life of me think of a decent story to write. So I asked my wife to create a character for me. She created Emily, and the story branched out from there.
Where do you get your ideas for your characters? In particular, did you steal some characteristics from yourself or people you know for your main characters?
I try not to, but somehow I put some of myself in every character I write. But for the most part, I create characters based on personalities and behaviors, and those behaviors usually stem from their history. Regardless of the characters, though, I make sure they all have a flaw. After all, how interesting is someone without a flaw?
Which author/authors or particular books have inspired you?
As far as writing style goes, I can honestly say that each book I read helps me to form my own voice. But when it comes to story structure—ending especially—I fell in love with Defending Jacob by William Landay a few years ago. It’s one of those books that send you into complete shock when you read the end because you had no idea what was coming.
For the aspiring writers out there, can you tell us something about how you develop your plot?
People write differently. Some outline, some don’t. Some go through a ton of drafts, and some don’t. So it’s all about finding the style that works for you. But the main thing to remember is that you have to keep people interested. Especially now, when an article published by the Wall Street Journal last year proved that humans now have a shorter attention span than goldfish. If a story becomes stale or boring, you may lose people.
Tell us about your future? Next book?
I recently finished the first draft of another murder suspense thriller, and I’m really excited about it. I always post updates on my website (www.johnfeldman.com) so feel free to check in, or follow along with my blog—I try to be funny sometimes.
Read an excerpt:
My eye is now on the bottom half, literally. The bottle is held up to my face, eye level. I can see the amount of liquid sitting in there, yet to be touched. Soon to be ingested, digested, then disposed of. That remaining fluid seems to have the possibility for a story in there. Each ounce contains a few words. That story could be the malicious murder of Emily Geiser. It could be. But it could also be the twist in the story I have yet to write. A twist I do not want. A twist leading to a happy ending. Emily and Charles live happily ever after, skipping off into the sunset. Maybe she gets a promotion, becomes his secondhand man. They cut out the money-hungry daughter Carla for good and enjoy their own life. And me? I finally get punished for the murders of Veronica, my wife and her whore friend Sam, and their boy toy. The possibility of me turning myself in could even be lying within the contents of this bottle, but that’s doubtful. The words that write that ending are in a second bottle, sitting somewhere on a liquor store shelf nearby. But I won’t go there. I haven’t had the urge for a Bottle Number Two in quite some time.
About the Author:
For more information, visit http://www.johnfeldman.com, or email him directly at email@example.com.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/John-Feldman/e/B00JG75SCI
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