A.J. Scudiere, has kindly agreed to guest post about her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, Phoenix.
About The Author:
It’s A.J.’s world. A strange place where patterns jump out and catch the eye, little is missed, and most of it can be recalled with a deep breath; it’s different from the world the rest of us inhabit. But the rest of us can experience it—when we read. In this world, the smell of Florida takes three weeks to fully leave the senses and the air in Dallas is so thick that the planes “sink” to the runways rather than actually landing.For A.J., texture reigns supreme. Whether it’s air or blood or virus, it can be felt and smelled. Reality is always a little bit off from the norm and something usually lurks right under the surface. As a storyteller, A.J. loves irony, the unexpected, and a puzzle where all the pieces fit and make sense. Originally a scientist and a teacher, the writer says research is always a key player in the stories. AJ’s motto is “It could happen. It wouldn’t. But it could.”A.J. has lived in Florida and Los Angeles among a handful of other places. Recent whims have brought the dark writer to Tennessee, where home is a deceptively normal-looking neighborhood just outside Nashville.
I’m often asked “What inspired you to become a writer?” and I don’t know that there’s just one answer to that.
I loved reading before I could read. My parents tell me that I memorized my favorite stories and called their bluff when they tried to skip pages on me. When I learned to write cursive in third grade, I turned another corner. We wrote a short story in one of my classes, and I decided that a short story just wasn’t enough. By this time, I had read the Amityville Horror and a few other books that you normally wouldn’t find in the hands of a young elementary student. My school librarian already was setting books aside for me. And I wanted to write what I read.
I wrote an eighty page novella that year—just me, an erasable papermate pen and a spiral notebook. I was proud, but it was pretty terrible. After that, I suffered years of unfinished works. I had great ideas, and I often wrote well over a hundred pages of the story. But I would get stuck or distracted by another, better story and move on. I’ll bet there are a lot of readers out there right now shaking their heads. “Yes, I do that, too.” I think it’s probably the most common problem writers have.
I had always told myself I would eventually get published. I’d even taken some writing courses in college thinking that whatever I did in my life, I’d also write. But—like many people—life got in the way. So about seven years ago now, I sat down and decided it was time. I think setting a goal like that was really important.
Because I had abandoned so many stories along the way, I put my first goal at finishing. Too many starting writers decide to sit down and write the Great American Novel on the first pass. And I have no idea why anyone thinks that will happen. Yes, writing is a talent, but it’s also a skill. You have to practice, and your first pass likely isn’t going to be your best. So I still have an old novel on my computer that was the first one I finished. I didn’t even try to get it published! I wrote a second one, now that I knew I could finish, but for this one I worked on writing it well. I set the characters to themes, gave them adjectives and turns of phrase that matched, wrote rich descriptions of my settings and worked on being a really great writer.
The third book, I wrote to get published. That was Resonance. All the characters had been tumbling around in my head for a while. Some of them had started way back in junior high when I was starting stories and not finishing them. Writing lets them out . . . It stops my brain from running through the plot over and over in my head.
I write because my brain catalogs the world around me and says, ‘what if?’ I write because I read and I watch TV and movies and I think to myself, ‘That should happen this way.’ I write because the psychology of individuals, families and groups is so interesting and the way we interact tells a story that’s human and important even if it never actually happened.
Author: A.J. Scudiere
Publisher: Griffyn Ink
Publisher: Griffyn Ink
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Jason Mondy’s world is unraveling.
His seemingly secure job as a fire fighter is suddenly thrown into chaos. The bright spot in his week is that he rescued two children from a house fire, but he returns home that night to find all his furniture is missing. His girlfriend has left him without warning and his nightmares keep him from sleeping. Even just a simple trip home to find some rest leads his adoptive mother to sit him down and tell him that maybe his troubles aren’t quite as innocuous as they seem. Then his she divulges a secret she’s kept for over twenty-six years . . .
Jason has a brother he doesn’t remember existed.
He doesn’t remember his life before he was adopted at age seven. He only knows that he was rescued from the fire that took his birth mother’s life. But the story is deeper than that, and the foundation on which he built his world is now cracking. The brother he doesn't remember it out there somewhere, left behind.
Armed with only this stunning new piece of information, Jason embarks on a quest to find the truths buried deep in his past. As he searches, one by one the pieces of his life fall like dominoes. And the more he uncovers, the more everything he thought he knew about himself and his past begins to turn to ash.
His truth isn’t true at all . . .
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Happy reading until next time!