Book: THE END, MY FRIEND - Prelude to the Apocalypse by Kirby Wright
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Kirby Wrightabout this book: THE END, MY FRIEND is a futuristic thriller and sort of prequel to THE HUNGER GAMES. In the not too distant future, financial cyclones will sweep over the globe to destroy the economies on every continent. Chaos and terror will engulf cities from coast to coast. World leaders will fail to lead. Anarchy will reign supreme.
Survival of the Fittest will be the new law of the land.
I invite you to join Tony & Evo as they flee a deconstructing California for the Northern Territories.
I let THE END, MY FRIEND take it's own direction and never work on it chronologically. I write what excites me first, then build forwards and backwards. Sometimes I rely on dreams to fill in difficult scenarios. There's a lot to be said for the unconscious mind working on problems while you sleep or about to drift off. The playwright Edward Albee taught me that trick.
As far as character names and places in the book, I stockpiled them in my head and summoned them when needed. In THE END, MY FRIEND, I relied heavily on the internet for photos of the corridor cities and towns the protagonists enter and leave for ideas. The flee path of Evo and Tony dictated the ever-changing surroundings, from coast to desert and then to Crater Lake, Oregon. It helped tremendously that I had the starting point as well as the final destination of the protagonists' journey fixed. If I had to choose one character in my book to be, it would be Tony Pernicano. He is courageous, vulnerable, and sometimes a bit foolhardy. When you enter his interior world you will discover bits and pieces of myself. The only way I could write this book was to go first person, with heavy journeys into Tony's psyche, an inner space that is really an exploration of my own hopes, desires, and fears.
I've been writing off and on for 20 years, but I'd have to subtract about 5 years when I was in sales and focused solely on making money. My girlfriend encouraged me to return to school for a master's degree in creative writing and that has made all the difference.
My advice to new writers? Experiment constantly and never give up. Try every genre of writing because they are all connected and trying one you're not as proficient at will make you stronger. It's similar to cross training in the field of athletics.
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