It is nice to be back here today at The Novel Approach as a guest blogger again!
I thought I would share my new book, T.E.D. today. Unlike my previously released books, T.E.D. is not part of my previously published series. It is not much like anything I have released before. If the initial reviews are any indication, T.E.D. is going to be a hit.
As I get started, I thought I would answer the number one question people have had about the book, “How did you come up with the title?” As the extended title on the cover shows it literally stands for Tim, Eric and Delsin. When I began writing the book, I did not have a name, but I needed a way to identify it. All of my previous books and stories I have always come up with a title, however with T.E.D., I drew a blank each and every time I tried to think of a title. When I sought out help for a title, everyone kept on leaning towards using the letters, “T, E and D,” which was something I liked. At last, the decision was made to simply give it the title it ended up with.
The idea came about a few years ago. I jotted down some notes and pretty much left it in my head. The initial story was about a character that wrote these journal entries admitting the frequent abuse and bullying he was dealing with at school. He had a best friend who was a girl and although those around him thought they should be more than friends, the attraction was missing. This boy is labeled a “fag” although he is not gay. This one person in particular keeps on hounding him in hopes to win over his friend. This boy ends up killing himself. Then the story dealt with the struggles the best friend and the bully left behind experience.
Like all my previous published books, T.E.D. takes place in Chandler, Washington. The time this book takes place, for those who have read my series, is during the time Derrick, Justin, and gang are in middle school. There are a few characters that readers of my other books will recognize in T.E.D.
Something I often get emails about (and some critiques) is writing books that shift from each characters point of view. As with my previous three books, T.E.D. was a story I thought was better told from each characters’ perspective. Something I did different with T.E.D. was I put Eric and Delsin’s parts into third person. This I felt gave the story flow and let the reader gain a deeper insight to the events taking place around Tim’s journal entries.
The three guys T.E.D. focuses on I think are all flawed, yet likable characters. I wanted them to be real people that my readers could identify with, both emotionally and opinionative. Tim is to be blunt a pussy, yet a kid you feel sorry for and want to give him advice to on how to better his life. Eric is a character that is hiding out of fear of being discovered, so he picks on others to keep himself from being discovered. Delsin is supportive and does what he can, but is dealing with his own monsters and struggles. These three lives are intertwined, and they have an effect on each other for better or worse.
I hope the readers enjoy T.E.D. as much as I did writing the book. It is exciting to have a book out there that is outside of my popular series. It is my wish for my current readers to be pleased with the new characters and my new readers have an interest in reading my other books.
Thank you The Novel Approach Reviews for having me as a guest blogger today!
BLURB: TIM is being bullied. No one in high school wants to be known as a tattle-tale and to do so would only make things rougher for him. The repercussions would most likely make him an outcast, and without any friends.
ERIC is frustrated with life. His parents are overbearing and if they ever knew the person he really was, they would throw him out of their house. His friends are not much better, they only like him when he is who they expect him to be.
DELSIN is gay and ready to come out. Unfortunately, life at home is on the brink of falling apart with his parents constant fighting. Admitting the truth could bring his whole world crashing down around him.
Each of these three needs to decide whether the risks of being honest about who they are outweighs the importance of being true to themselves. This could mean ruining life as each of them knows it. Maybe it is better to remain miserable in order to play it safe. On the other hand, doing nothing doesn’t seem to working either.
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