Weston Kincade Does Books of the Dead Proud
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So, this all around good guy, Weston Kincade, has given me (I like to think, me, personally), the beginnings of an episodic young adult series. Weston’s a former teacher, and his connection to kids is evident in the way he treats the YA genre. While A Life of Death is as heartbreaking and emotionally stirring as it is dark and thrilling. I read this sucker fast. I love the idea of this series being in “episodes,” that may NEVER EVER END.
Weston’s said that “A Life of Death still brings tears to my eyes at times and a strong confidence and pride in my heart.” Read it and agree. This is an order.
A Life of Death is the story of homicide detective Alex Drummond, who is confronted with the past through his son’s innocent question. Alex’s tale of his troubled senior year unfolds revealing loss, drunken abuse, and mysterious visions of murder and demonic children. Is he going insane? With the help of his close friend Paige Kurtley, Alex must find the source of his misfortune and ensure his sanity.
Weston, where the hell did A Life of Death come from?
I was watching “Ghost Hunters” and “Medium” one night while visiting my parents’ place and the question came to mind about what it would be like to have such an ability evolve within you. Then the idea extended to more than just visions of the murder, but what if the person began getting the ability to relive the murder through the victim’s eyes, hearing, seeing, and feeling everything they felt. The concept nestled itself into a corner of my mind, tickling my thoughts every now and again. Scenes such as the main character encountering his father’s scrapped car after the murderous wreck played out in my mind. It was soon followed by the idea of what would happen to the boy if he stepped into a Civil War battlefield museum. At that point I was hooked and had to write the story. The Golden Bulls followed when people asked for more.
It’s easy to see the teacher in Weston come out in this book. I want him for a teacher, if I ever find myself in school again, so probably never, but I want that anyway.
As a teacher, some students came to me with family problems. I told the appropriate people to help them, but it was never over there. Some children have very few people they trust to turn to. A teacher can be that person and help them overcome life’s obstacles. I’ve heard enough stories and talked students through enough situations that I’m sure some elements made their way into the story’s themes and situations involving abuse and alcoholism. I know my past students were in my thoughts as I wrote, since I intended A Life of Death to not just be entertaining, but also help adolescent suffering through similar events realize they aren’t alone and that they can get through it. There are people out there willing to help.
Also, this is where and how he writes, making him cool on several levels.
It’s pretty simple. I have an L-shaped desk with a desktop and a laptop with a spare monitor for viewing my outline and the story itself I’m writing simultaneously. I have a dragon holding a giant sword for a letter opener, a desk lamp, and a window to look out. For music, I tend to go for things without words like Zoe Keating’s stuff or some acoustic guitars. I enjoy Bare Naked Ladies and a lot of classic and grunge rock from the 90s and earlier like Nirvanna, The Eagles, Smashing Pumpkins, The Beatles, etc . . . but they aren’t conducive to writing for me. The words and stories distract my mind, so I listen to things that allow it to go where it needs.
Here’s where you find Weston Kincade!
GO BUY THE BOOK FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR MONEYON, COFFEE?