(Originally published under pseudonym “Torvi Tacuski”)
I did an interview recently with a book blogger for ALLISTER BOONE, and I thought I’d share some of the questions and answers here on my own blog, since they really do give a deeper insight into why I wrote this book.
I’ve written a lot of books, in many genres, but, as I’ve mentioned, I always feel more at home in this one – because writing books like ALLISTER BOONE is the real me. I struggle A LOT with not wanting to drop every other genre altogether and only write under this name. The reason I don’t, unfortunately, is because I make practically zero dollars here. Writing is my job – my full-time job – so you see where the struggle comes in.
Now, don’t misunderstand – I do like to write in other genres, but this is where my heart is, and when I wrote ALLISTER BOONE and DIRTY EDEN, god, it just felt so right. So satisfying. Fulfilling. The stories unfolded organically, and…I just loved every minute of it.
Anyway, here is some of the interview.
What inspired you to write the book?
It was one of those moments when the character, Allister Boone, just popped into my head, and his story unfolded like an avalanche. Nothing in particular inspired the story itself, but there are many characters within it inspired by many aspects of my own life—especially Ann Singleton and Chapter 24.
What was your process of writing the book?
I just sat down and wrote—no outlines, or anything I sometimes do with other books. Though I did take down a lot of notes, both on paper and the voice recorder in my phone. One thing that helped me work through everything was my morning walk in the park with my recorder—I figured out the entire book and all its twists and turns out there.
Why should people read your book?
Because it’s raw and honest and thought-provoking; it’s funny where it needs to be, and brutal where it has to be.
What is so special about your story?
It’s special to me, personally, in that it’s really a reflection of myself and the many faces I wear or have worn throughout my life. It was my way to express how I feel about life and the world and the people in it, in a way that was safe for me. But mostly, it was my therapy for lifelong debilitating depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation; it helped me to work through my struggles, and to better manage them.
Who is your ideal reader?
People who are not easily offended; who are open-minded and free-thinking; people who are not conformists to society’s standards. And people who can laugh at their own failures and insecurities—or who want to be able to.
Who is your favourite character in the book?
I would have to say Allister Boone, because while almost all of the other characters are me in some way, shape or form (except Joel), Allister is the one who helps them all. He is me in the form I always strive to be, the strong one who already knows all the answers to all of my problems, but knows how to get me to see and understand them.
P.S. The photo is of me and my cousin Buckey. His death was a devastating moment in my life. I briefly mention him in ALLISTER BOONE.