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A new scene for “The Body Thief”

Published December 24, 2012 by S. E. Myers

“Harri, they have Drew.”  The words fell from my mouth faster than I could catch them.  

Harri nodded.  “I figured they would find him, Andie. You don’t ever listen to me.  You never have,” she said as she lit up a cigar. “I’d always known the Cleric’s ran a dirty business. But they usually stayed out of my way, and I made a point to stay out of theirs.”  She blew a smoke ring that continued to grow in size as it drifted lazily toward me. It extended in shape with each movement, stretching its boundaries until its path collided with mine and passed my head through its center like a lion through a circus ring.

I shrugged. “That doesn’t matter now does it,” I said making sure to drag out the sarcasm. Harri narrowed her eyes. Her irritation with my statement itched my skin.

“It does matter now,” she emphasized. “Everything you have done until now matters. The whole frazzing establishment is breathing down my neck! I’m the one who took you in. I’m the one who gave you this job. I’m the one who has your back and has your back-up. So don’t you give me that shoddy crap line that ‘It doesn’t matter now.’ It all matters. Every single bit of it matters. Every single moment matters. Everything.” Harri slammed her hands down on her desk. Her face turned red in frustration, except this time, it also traveled down her neck.

“I’m sorry,” I muttered. I meant it. “I don’t know why you have risked everything for me.” I could feel the tears stream down my cheeks unintentionally. I never cried in front of Harri. I never allowed any true emotion through to anyone. Except Drew, and now Harri.

Harri rose from her desk and slowly walked toward me. She shoved my kicks from her desk and rested her hands on my thighs kneeling down so she was face to face with me. Her dark grey eyes were bloodshot, but even then, they were full of wisdom. The lines that ran from the corners of her eyes connected to those from the corner of her mouth. She sighed and dropped her head down.

“What?” I said. I hadn’t seen her this way before. It made me a little nervous.

She raised her head, her eyes glistening. “Andie, I love you like you are my own child.”

“I know,” I interjected.
“Let me finish,” she said. “This is hard for me. I haven’t had anyone in my life that I could ever count on. At least, until you came along.”

My throat thickened and it was hard to swallow.

“The road before us is dangerous. These Clerics, they run everything. They are powerful. They have powerful weapons. And if I lost you…” Harri’s voice choked up and she rose to her feet turning away from me. “If I lost you, I don’t know what I would do,” she finished.

“Harri,” I said. I grabbed her hand. “Harri, you are like a mother to me. You have been the foundation beneath me. After Sarah died, you were all I had. I know that I haven’t been the best friend or employee or even kid that you had to take care of. But know that I love you and everything I do from this point on, it’s not just for me. It’s for us. It’s for all of us. If we don’t stand up to them and we don’t hurt them the way that they have hurt us. They will continue to control everything and everyone. And people like Drew, will continue to be extracted and disposed of. There has to be a change. And I have to do what I can to make that happen.”

“I know,” Harri sighed. “That’s why I am going with you.” Harri turned around, her face dry and eyes determined. “But we aren’t going alone. The Cleric’s think they have confiscated all mass weaponry, they haven’t. There are multiple rebellion factions that have waited for this moment for the past decade. They have been waiting for this moment. Waiting for you. Andie, you are the only one who can lead us to freedom.”

 

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I’m a little annoyed…

Published December 5, 2012 by S. E. Myers

You know, I have had my book read and edited at least 6 times.  This does not include the most recent edit for the re-release by MKSP.  It annoys me to no end when someone jumps on the “bad grammar and misspellings” train.  My book has been edited.  Multiple times.  I don’t care if you are a retired typographer or proofreader.  I’ve had a proofreader go through my book.  I’m seriously annoyed.  If you wonder why my book is written in short sentences and intentional fragments, my target audience is ages 11 – 16+.  Just putting that out there also.  

Another Big Thing!!!

Published December 5, 2012 by S. E. Myers

Thank you to Kim Emerson of MKSP for linking me back to “The Next Big Thing” blog hop!

What is the working title of your book?    The Body Thief

Where did the idea come from for the book?  From the darkest recesses of my mind.  I am not sure where it came from, but it started out with Andie sitting in a chair waiting for someone to come through a door.

What genre does your book fall under?  This book would be classified as fantasy with a hint of paranormal and science fiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  For Andie, definitely Mila Jovovich.   On a side-note, I’ve written screenplays so when scenes come to me, I always see them as a movie playing out in my head.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  I can’t write a one-sentence synopsis, but I can write one paragraph from Andie herself, “We all make our own choices.  We carve our own paths – our own niches.  I’m on my own journey.  I will offer you a word of warning – if you cross my path the wrong way – I’ll be the one to continue pressing forward through the quicksand.  I will win.  And, when I get to the other side, I won’t look back to save you.  But I will make sure you end up where you are supposed to be.  Because if we do meet, I am your destiny.”

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  This book will be represented by MKSP, more than likely.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  It took three months and I am still slowly working on it.  I don’t have a lot of time.  I work, go to school, and am a single mother.  I spend whatever other time I have between my family, homework, and my children.  Whatever is left over (including breaks and lunch at work) on writing.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  Maybe the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison if I am so bold.  And, I think I am.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?  Where does inspiration come from?  My brain works on a million different levels at times and sometimes there are moments and scenes that pop in and play out if I let them.  This was one of those moments.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  This book also has a science fiction feel.  There are a lot of moving parts to this story.  I’ve created a dystopian society with an overflowing prison population and part of the reason for break-outs and escapes, ties in the creation of containment. (Did I pique your interest?)

And now, tagging fun!  Take a moment to visit these blogs.  They are great author’s and have helped me a lot on my way.  I rely on them for advice and they have become my friends.

Todd Brown – http://twbrown.blogspot.com/

Donna Dillon – http://authordonnadillon.blogspot.com/

Laurie Boris – http://laurieboris.com/

Nicole Storey – http://nicolestorey.wordpress.com/

These guys are great and have insightful posts and are HUGE supporters and proponents of the independent author community.