Q&A from Website Interview

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What inspired you to write The Prime Way Program?

I’ve always loved to read and write. It became a mission of mine to write something that someone else would fall in love with, as I fell in love with other books and characters. My goal was to publish a book by sixteen, which was attained; but I cannot accept credit for the creation of The Prime Way Program. It was a God-thing, and it’ll always be a God-thing. I’m not changing my story to fit anyone else’s agenda or beliefs.

My attention-span is more like King James’ than Queen Elizabeth’s. I like action. If something doesn’t blow-up, die, or ache with emotional-despair in the first few chapters, I can’t promise that I’ll enjoy reading the book. The Prime Way Program took-on those characteristics; action-filled, suspenseful, intense. I never want my readers to be bored, which was hopefully attained.

Music continues to inspire me on a daily basis. I listen to a lot of film-scores and acoustic artists very few people have heard of (Ben Howard, Gabrielle Aplin, Jon Foreman). I’m also inspired by places and experiences. I like being hands-on and doing the activity I’m writing about (except war and other violent matters).

In what ways can you relate to your protagonists, Kyle and Cora?

Kyle and Cora are both teenagers, confronted with opposition, confliction, and the choice to either succumb to their own fears or rise up victorious. They battle with their own insecurities while thrust into a dangerous world, which demands that they grow-up and accept adult roles. In many ways, I created these characters to allegorically portray the struggles a teenager faces on a daily basis. Of course we’re not genetically-altered or in the midst of an apocalypse, but we are confronted with opposition. We battle our own insecurities. And we have the choice to either succumb to our own fears or rise up victorious.

Kyle is, what I would consider, the perfect man. He’s flawed but is full of integrity, understands the true meaning of courage, love, and sacrifice; and of course, is a total hunk. I relate most with his bond to his family. Although his parents and siblings aren’t perfect, he loves them and will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. I feel the same way towards my family. I’d give my own life to protect them.

Cora is the exact opposite of Kyle. She’s headstrong, imperfect, and beneath her many masks and emotional-barriers, she’s a teenage girl. Out of all the characters in The Prime Way Trilogy, I relate most with her. We both battle with insecurities, our secret want to love and to be loved, and the fear of hurting those we care about.

When did you start writing The Prime Way Program, and how long did it take?

I’ve been writing books based on The Prime Way Program since 2011. The first novel I composed was a back-story to my characters and the conspiracy behind the Program. Simply put, it wasn’t good; but I loved the story so much, I began writing what I thought would be a sequel. To my amazement, the sequel ended up as the first installment in the trilogy. Re-titled, The Prime Way Program: Be the Victor was published February, 2013. Each novel took six-months to write, and many more to edit.

The Prime Way Program: Just Strength was started in March of last year and will be published January 28th, 2014.

What are you working on now?

After I finish college applications and a mandatory school-course, I hope to begin writing the third and final installment of The Prime Way Trilogy. It’s a beast of a task, which I expect to take longer to write than the usual six-months (because I want to prolong the inevitable goodbye between me and my beloved characters). Once all three books have been published, I’ll pull an idea from my stash and start on a new project.

What do you hope to accomplish in your writing career?

The Prime Way Trilogy has been a great beginning for my career, and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to start publishing at a young age. Every day I grow closer to perfecting my craft; so when I’m older and in need of a suitable income, I’ll have the ability and resources to continue writing. Of course I want what every author wants: bestselling books worldwide, an agent, movie deals, etc. There are an infinite number of goals I desire to reach, but I’ll be content with however far God allows me to climb. My dreams are big. His are bigger.

Countdown to the release of ‘The Prime Way Program: Just Strength’

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In five hours, I will be the proud author of two, popular eYA novels.  My first book, The Prime Way Program: Be the Victor, was published February of last year through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Smashwords. Since then, it has gained readers from all over the globe, received nothing but raving reviews, attracted the attention of movie producers, and has recently been nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award. At midnight, The Prime Way Program: Just Strength, will be released. I’m constantly amazed at how far this trilogy has come and I look forward to experiencing its successful future. All glory goes to God.

Villainous

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Life is filled with conflict: businessman vs. morning traffic, teenager vs. popular crowd, whiny toddler vs. weary mother. Although conflict ranges from mildly irritating to devastating, we come to know these circumstances as villains.

A villain is more than a person. It’s a metaphor, an allegorical figure symbolizing the conflict humankind faces on a daily basis. For example, my favorite villain is Captain Hook. His character is symbolic of the conflict between youth and adulthood. But not every story needs a personified villain, only conflict: man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. self, or a combination of all. In this post, I will be explaining how to properly develop a villain-type character.

Deven Lukes, the main villain from my trilogy (The Prime Way Program: Be the Victor, The Prime Way Program: Just Strength), was originally derived from personal fears. His character is centered on deception, striking at vulnerability, and is completely void of any moral emotion. He is a nightmare, which is why my readers feel a sense of fear towards him. So to develop a villainous character, pick a basic element to act as a foundation, whether a lust for revenge or malicious selfishness.  What are you afraid of? Who are you afraid of? Write a list of all your fears and who you want your villain to be. Once you’ve decided the foundation, write a short biography stating their name, looks, and so on.

Deven Lukes is my age, which adds more of a fear-factor to his character. Young readers expect adult villains. There are very few books where the man vs. man conflict comes from a teenager or child. So be creative and original! There are no boundaries when writing!

The Prime Way Program~ Book Trailer

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“The numbers on your arm define you. You are who we say you are. You do what we say you do. You think what we say you think. You can’t kill the Program.” The Prime Way Program, designed for engineering a new race of super-human teenagers. “Once it’s entrenched in the system, there’s no tearing it out.”
For ex-Legionaries, Kyle Chase and Cora Kingston, the closing of the Program is bittersweet. No longer will they be forced to endure the pain of training in the Ground Sector, spend endless hours lying on the examination tables in the Prime Way labs, or live knowing that at any moment, their paranormal abilities may cause them to end a life. They were deceived, betrayed, turned into weapons meant for destroying our world. And now, left to fend for themselves in an ignorant society where the futuristic technology of Prime Way no longer exists, Kyle and Cora must choose. Do they continue to run from their new identities and the life they’ve left behind? Or do they face the mastermind of the Program and prepare an army to defend our worlds?
Packed with gritty romance, thematic depth, and rip-roaring action, this Sci-Fi thriller has readers clamoring for a sequel and the world pondering a question that has critics raving. Will Kyle and Cora be the Victor, or the Victim?
For more Intel, author’s bio, and reviews, go to- http://www.theprimewayprogram.com

Believing in the Impossible

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“I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.”

–          Philippians 4:13

Children say impossible things. When asked what they want to be when they grow-up, they usually respond by saying “princess” or “president”. They don’t understand the concept of impossible. In their minds, they can be and do anything.

Adults rarely discourage the big, naïve dreams of children. Sooner or later, the kid will realize what he/she can or cannot be/do. My story has the same beginning. I was a child who, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew-up, said that I wanted to be a published author by my sixteenth birthday.

My dream lasted through elementary and middle school. I was an avid reader, writer, and a homeschooler. Simply put, I wasn’t considered “cool” by other kids. I had a huge dream and a wild imagination; and no matter what other people said about me, I knew who I was and what I wanted.

By the end of eighth-grade, I had written two novels based on The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, published sixty-eight short-stories on a teen-writing website, and had over 60,000 readers. My Literature teacher encouraged me to write an original novel and that summer, The Prime Way Program was born.

June of 2011, my father took me to see Tim Tebow at a conference in Atlanta. What Tebow said radically transformed my perspective regarding my dream and God’s plan for me. He talked about using a secular platform (such as football) to glorify God. I decided then and there that I would use my writing to glorify my Creator.

After six-months, I finished what I thought would be the first installment in The Prime Way Trilogy. It was horrible, but I needed that time to build my characters and a back-story. I started on book 2, finished it exactly six-months later, and my Literature teacher thought it was so good, she told me to publish it as the first in the series.

I submitted the unedited version of my manuscript to several agents and publishers. All said it was a great story and if I were a few years older, they’d publish me in a heartbeat. By this point, I was six months away from my deadline of being published by sixteen. I talked with my Lit teacher and she recommended self-publishing, which is becoming popular worldwide. Thinking it could be my only chance to achieve my goal, I prayed and began editing and formatting my book.

I spent hundreds of hours perfecting the story. I forced my parents, my principal, another teacher, and a friend to edit my novel. They gave me feedback, both painful and encouraging, and I kept working. February 1st of 2013, twenty-five days before my sixteenth birthday, “The Prime Way Program: Be the Victor” was published as an eBook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

So I encourage you to believe in the impossible. We only have one life to be something worth remembering.