Hi. Thought you’d like to get to know the writer behind me (Jordan Scarlen).
Hope you don’t mind, but I took the time to ask her a few questions as to why she decided to write the story, and how I came to be. So, let’s get started.
That picture’s not too clever. Sorry, I had to say something.
I know, I’m not a photogenic person, I’ve never loved the camera. And you’d have trouble finding pictures of me around my house, too.
Fair enough. Why not tell us who you are.
Well, my name’s Sarah. I’m married to David, and have a son named Matthew. Ever since I can remember I’ve always had a love of writing and reading. And no, a lady never reveals her age. Will that do?
Yeah that’s fine. So, where did I come from?
I had the same dream three nights in a row. Not strange for me but, something about it kept poking me in the back, saying ‘sit up and pay attention’. So I did.
Why the countdown? Why not start it now?
I wanted to try my hand at suspense, get everybody wondering. Hopefully. But its all to do with a certain date. I can’t divulge any more than that.
Interesting. How did you come upon this idea how to write it?
Let me tell you, I’m sailing through unchartered waters here with this concept, having a young boy (you that is) tell a story using a diary as a subplot.
I’m glad you mentioned it. Would I honestly use a diary? Not a normal thing for a boy to do?
That’s the beauty of the idea, I want it to be different, test the boundaries of what’s perceived as normal. Isn’t that what writers are supposed to do? Besides, it’s integral to the book, which I can’t tell you about because it will give everything away.
Oh come on! Just a peek?
No. This is a book blog, the countdown has started and I have to refuse. Sorry.
Ok, I won’t push it. So why a book blog?
Why not. Sometimes we (writers) have to use any form of media in hopes of gaining an audience. I’m not the first to try this concept and I doubt I’ll be the last. I do have to inform people though, that the book in its entirety will not be visible on this blog, only the entries in the diary (your diary, I mean).
You’re hoping people will read it then? Doesn’t it worry you that they won’t as they’re only getting part of the story?
Yes of course, I’d love to have an audience, who wouldn’t. But I don’t want the whole book displayed as I’ll be looking to get it published. And the purpose of the diary is to act as a taster to the main meal. I can’t deny I’m nervous however, it would be vain of me not to have any cause for concern. It’s like those niggling little monsters inside your head dooming you to failure before giving it a chance. I have lots of those monsters!
Right. Let’s leave that alone. Ok. Will there be other characters joining me?
Yes, there’s four secondary characters in the book.
Are you willing to share a bit more on that. Names maybe?
I can’t see how it will hurt. Craig Sullivan, he’s your best friend. The others are Jessica Pryce, Andrew Dawson and Stuart Richardson.
Will they be the same age as me?
Similar, except for Stuart, he needed to be a little older. There are some things a fourteen-year-old can’t do, so I added him as support. I know what you’re thinking but he has a role to play, albeit a small one towards the end of the book.
I don’t want to appear rude, but are we nearly done? I have to get back to writing and I’m beginning to wonder if this seems slightly weird, answering questions like this from a fictitious character. No offence intended.
Your idea. I’m only going along with it because I have to.
Yes, I know. That’s the warped side of my brain at work.
Fine, I suppose that have will do. Let’s thank Sarah for taking the time out of her busy schedule to join us (well, just me at the moment).
Thank you Jordan, I’m happy you took the time to speak to me. And thank you to any prospective readers, I hope you will join him on his journey. I’d hate for Jordan to be alone.