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**Giveaway** Nerve Damage by J. L. Myers **Author Interview**
fatal car crash. The sole survivor. And the dark hooded stranger that
wants her dead.
a terrible accident—
my parents’ lives, my whole perfect life changed. My memories are
hazy, and there are scars on my wrists. I’ve been locked away for
my own protection…until I prove my sanity,
was no hooded figure on the road that day, no one standing over me as
I lay paralyzed watching my parents burn.
am Cassidy Lockheart…20-year-old orphan.
to free my caged mind, I find myself far away on an unexpected trip
to help return my forgotten past. The snow was part of my life
before, but now it’s like a blank slate, until an avalanche changes
everything. But I’m not alone. These other ‘lucky’ trip winners
may not be the strangers they pretend to be. And my hooded attacker…I
see him everywhere.
this real? Or delusion caused by head trauma?
way, I’m being watched. I can sense it. I can
Someone is after me; maybe they’re after us all. The avalanche was
no accident. It was staged to deliver us to this abandoned place. A
place where the walls whisper dark secrets of a sinister past…a
past no one can escape. Trapped, this snow won’t let up…it won’t
let us leave. My lost memories hold clues, but they’re buried so
deep, polluted and twisted in my every waking nightmare. What is
real? I don’t have the answers. But I need them. Time is ticking
and if I don’t figure this all out soon it will be too late.
past is coming for us all…and it wants blood.
- This book contains some graphic scenes that are only for an adult
Thriller / Horror******
What inspired you to write this book?
I got the inspiration for Nerve Damage years ago, actually soon after I
started my first novel, What Lies Inside. I used to get into thriller and
horror movies quite a lot(though not so much horror anymore—seems I’ve gotten
squeamish with age!). Having grown up and dealing with mental illness
throughout my life, the idea of writing about someone with issues that led them
to do horrible things became the backbone of this story. With what I’ve seen in
life, we don’t always become who we intend to be, and circumstances of
upbringing shapes all of us in different ways, some good, and (for the not so
lucky) others in bad and irreparable ways.
This story follow the life of three people and not all of them are lived
in the present, but
What can we expect from you in the future?
Many, many more books with strong and flawed characters, amazing
heroines who will fight to protect and save all they hold dear, complicated
heroes who are not always or even mostly what we expect, villains you hate but
who are so much more than black and white characters with pasts that drive
their actions, and plots that are so twisted you won’t know up from down or
dark from light…at least that’s my aim. How you all receive what I write is
entirely your journey!
Who is your hero and why?
This story doesn’t have a black and white hero. The main character,
Cassidy, is dealing with her own trauma and pain and once thrown into this
unexpected chaos of the stalker’s plans, she is overwhelmed by her own past and
the one she strives to unravel as the dangers she and everyone around her are
facing. Cassidy is the perfect hero for this story, and I won’t give too much
away, but without the help of another character, she would be lost to stopping
the rampage of the dark hooded figure that is set on getting revenge.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Hands down, Game of Thrones. It is simply an epic masterpiece.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
Absolutley Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. She is strong willed
and powerful, honest, a fighter who has survived more than any person should,
and above all she rules with a strong moral compass…though I must admit, now
that I am watching the new season of Thrones, I am not so sure my support for
her is as iron strong as it used to be. I guess only time will tell!
Describe your writing style.
I am an absolute plotter. I must admit, with my first novel I did begin
by sitting down with an idea in the back of my mind, which I then just
continued to write as ideas came to me. Now I like to know who my characters
are, what they want most, and how each story will end. I take time now to
create the skeleton of each of my stories, starting with my rough ideas and
characters which I then mold into a scene-by-scene setup with a rough layout
for who appears in each scene, what actions they will take, and then what the
conclusion will be to lead me on to what happens next.
What makes a good story?
Staying away from cardboard cutouts and giving your readers characters
they can like, love, hate, and even loathe, and who they can related to on a
human level, even if the characters themselves are far from human. Having real
characters is only part of the equation. Moving each character through a story
in a meaningful way that is both riveting and powerful is the next step. There
must be conflict, triumph, actions, reactions, and, above all, consequences for
every move along the way.
???Each and every character must have a role in the plot that helps to
drive the story forward from one conflict to the next. What drives a character
through each story, whether their intentions are good or bad, must have an
impact on the plot and
What do you do to unwind and relax?
With a glass of moscato I like to park it on the couch and kick my feet
up to read or watch anything and everything paranormal, fantasy or thriller. If
I’m not catching up on The Vampire Diaries (yes, I know it’s finished. I am so
behind in watching hours!), re-watching Game of Thrones, then I’m burying my
nose in a good book (nowadays my smart phone with the Kindle app).
How to find
time to write as a parent?
I’ll admit it’s not easy to find time to write when you are a parent.
Between school runs, washing, cooking, cleaning, and entertaining a 3 year old,
I do somehow manage to find time. Early morning is quieter at home, and
afternoon sleeps are a good time, and if I set myself daily goals I usually
find that I can achieve them.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right
I have always loved reading and books. In school I started writing dark
short stories and poems to pass the time in classes, though my real need to
write flourished when I first became a parent. Suffering postnatal depression,
I rediscovered my love for reading and books, but I felt like I needed more
than to read someone else’s words and live in their created landscapes. I
needed a purpose and something that defined me. And many of you many not
understand this, especially with a beautiful new baby that I truly loved from
the moment he arrived), but I needed an escape, a way to get out of my head and
the emotions that seemed to have a hold of me. Writing was my way to finding
myself, to working through my own demons, past and present, and to becoming a
better person and parent. Many women feel that they lose themselves when they
become mothers, and for me, writing was my way to rediscovering who I was and
who I wanted to be. All that said, yes, becoming an author was the right
decision for me, and I hope you will all agree when you get to know me and my
A day in the life of the author?
I know you all probably expect the life of
an author to be some glamorous lifestyle of sitting in a picturesque setting
while whittling away the hours with endless magic flowing from your fingertips
to your keyboard. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, yes writing and being an
author is wonderful, but if you are like me and live in the real world,
unfortunately family and normal life play a huge part in your day too. So,
without further rambling, here is a day in my life in a nutshell J
Wake up. Check emails. Get eldest child
ready for school and do school run. Feed youngest and dress. Do washing and
tidy up. Thank God for cartoon and get some writing done (either on sofa or
bed). Break for playtime with 3 year old. Hang out washing. Answer a few emails
or check social media for actions needed. Have lunch. Grab a short writing
break. Break for outside playtime. Get ready for 3 year old’s sleep (this
seriously takes longer than you might think!), write like the wind for the next
2 hours, have break when eldest child comes home and assist where needed, do
any research, marketing, correspondence, check to do list and make sure I
didn’t miss anything.
Advice you would give new authors?
at it and you will succeed. Writing is only half the journey, finding your
audience is at least half the battle. Make sure you spend time creating your
stories but don't forget to put yourself out there and interact with your
current and potential readers. If you don't go looking, they might not find
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Fated, the second
book in the Marked Series by T.L. McDonald, a fellow indie author who is worth
a look at if you haven’t heard of her.
How long have you been writing?
Officially, I have been writing for 9
years, though my first book wasn’t published until 2013.
What is your writing process? For instance
do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
My writing process starts with my ideas
for the plot and characters. Then I do an outline, detailing a single sentence
for what happens in each scene from start to finish. This is not a definitive setup,
and more often than not new ideas and twist and turns take shape as I write. I
will even have whole new scenes come to light that are crucial to the telling
of my story. I try not to get too perfectionistic (but hard as I’m a
perfectionist!) with my first draft, as after that I have a step-by-step
process for revision of the full book. My revision usually takes me as long as
the first draft did, and sometimes even twice as long or more. First draft is
for me to have fun and get my ideas out, the revision process is for all of
you, so that I am making sure that what I have written and what I later publish
is worthy of your reading eyes and delivers a compelling and interesting story
that, at the least, entertains you, but that hopefully leaves you with
something so much more.
Can you tell us a little bit about the
characters in Nerve Damage?
Nerve Damage, despite my intentions to
write a simpler book after my 4-book Blood Bound series, was quite complex. It
is a psychological thriller that delves into the dark recesses of the mind in
that of human action and intention.
Cassidy, the main character from which
much of the story is told, is a newly created young adult orphan. After losing
her parents in a terrible car wreck, her mind is not her friend. Her memories
of the day of the accident paint an entirely different picture that day,
leaving her believing that the ‘accident’ was not quite so accidental. After
surviving and after what she thinks she saw, Cassidy isn’t sure what is real or
not, but she can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched…and hunted.
The rest of the characters have their own
pasts and their own problems, and with the events that have them trapped
together, they will soon come to learn that they are somehow connected and that
them being brought together is no accident at all.
Throughout the story, you get to meet and
get to know another character—the killer. A number of scenes are shown from
their perspective, and, fair warning, they are vivid in detail and actions.
Plus you will also meet a character from a past, a child that is intricately
weaved into this story in ways that will ripple throughout the story from start
to end in irrevocable and haunting ways.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come
to you as you write?
My main characters are usually pretty real
to be by the time I start to write. With plotting out my stories, I need to
know who they are and what motives them. Secondary characters may only exist in
a role or action they must achieve before the writing begins. These characters
may change names, gender, whether they are goodies or baddies, and they can
even become obsolete or meshed with other characters by the time I get through
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
be honest, I try not to do too much research. If I am writing about a certain
time or era, I like to know what things looked like and how people lived. With
fantasy and paranormal genres, there is much more room to create without
needing a whole lot of backstory or history, though that said, once you create
a world and the creatures that dwell within it you have be sure of how
everything works and what rules your world operates by. A little off course on
the question here, but breaking rules that you’ve established your world by is
a big no-no.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Do you have any advice to give aspiring
Giving up is the only way to fail. Have an
go and you may even surprise yourself!
of the tension of Silence of the Lambs combined with the horror of
Carrie and you have Nerve Damage. This is a psychological thriller
that won’t let you put it down, yet you are almost too scared to
turn the page!”
Richmond (devoted bookworm) ★★★★★
chilling tale from J.L. Myers is a suspenseful and twisted addition
to other great psychological thrillers from the likes of Sarah A.