Welcome Roger! I must say that when I saw the Facebook page for Turn Back Blow, I had to know more about it. Tell us about Turn Back Blow!
Turn Back Blow is my first book. It’s a fictitious story about animal cruelty. It’s about a group of stray animals who join forces with a ten-year-old handicap boy to fight against some cruel humans in the community that they live. The story is set in rural Jamaica.
Turn Back Blow Synopsis:
This is not just a story about animal cruelty; this is a story about friendship. After two men attempt to capture a wild crocodile from a Jamaican river using nothing but a mongrel dog as bait, all animals from the community of Iron Bridge band together to revolt. But the introduction of a wild crocodile is just the beginning of the terror that runs through Iron Bridge. Just as the excitement over the crocodile starts to die down, an even more horrific incident has shattered the Iron Bridge animal community. Realizing they are defenseless against the calamity that has fallen upon them, the helpless animals must enlist the help of Clifton, a ten-year-old handicapped boy that possesses the unique gift of talking with animals. Now, the young boy and the motley crew of animals must race against time before the community of Iron Bridge is devoid of animal life forever.
Animal cruelty is a sensitive topic. How did you know the book was going to work?
People love animals, but at the same time lots of animals get abused worldwide, a mean we see these sad adds on TV everyday, and we feel these animal pain vicariously, so I know Turn Back Blow would connect with people.
While you were writing did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
I had to be all the characters; especially the animals. I had to go inside the heads several kinds of animal, birds and insects. ( Humans too ) I had to think like each individual character.
How are you the same/different from you main character?
Well, first of all let me say Turn Back Blow is probably the only book out there that does not have a main character. When I was writing the book I didn’t say as the writer that this character is my main character. I leave the reader to decide who his or her main character, and it worked based upon the feedback from readers. I am not like anyone of my character, well I have a Spider in my story; his name is Jacko. Jacko likes to jive people all the time, I love to jive my friends and family at times, so a little of Jacko is in me I guess ( laugh)
The idea for the novel, because I got the inspiration to write Turn Back Blow after watching an animal abuse video on YouTube.
What is your strongest and/or your weakest in the creative process?
My strongest in the creative process is the creation of the characters. I was told by one reader that every name that each character has suits them; especially the animals characters. My weakness is the punctuation of the dialogues when I had just started to work on the story, so I had to research on that a lot, but I eventually got it.
What do you consider the single most satisfying aspect of being a writer?
The fact that my writing has opened people’s eyes to certain things, for eg. One lady who read Turn Back Blow, told me on Facebook that all her life people have been treating her like an animal and after she read Turn Back Blow, no one is going to treat her like an animal again. That is more than satisfying, especially for a first time author.
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents:
Well, I am a good cook, I don’t know if that’s hidden or uncommon…well maybe its uncommon for nowadays men ( laugh )
Before you go, what is your VERB (This is a big poster at local mall ) If you had to choose ONE word that describes you and your behavior or you attitude, what would that be?
Here is what really got me about your book, all the readers who submitted pictures while reading the book!
Thank you so much for stopping by, Roger!! I wish you continued success 🙂
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