From the Author
I'm not sure what the writing "process" is like for other writers, but I couldn't have had more fun doing this. Writing this book was a complete escape for me. On those Saturday nights (into the Sunday mornings) that I had time to write, I was suddenly transported to a secret world that only I was privy to. I became completely engrossed with the characters during these years, to the point where I almost considered them living, tangible friends. Even now I occasionally ponder what Garth might be up to these days; or if Kaitlin is still doing ok; or if Jarred decided to change anything in his life. I miss them (in some sort of, probably, not-so-healthy way).
The experience for me now that the book is finished is being flipped on its head. Since placing the book on Kindle it has been fascinating to discuss these characters and events with my friends who've read (and luckily liked) the book. It's such a trip to have these people spending time in my secret world now. At first I was a little jealous (these are my secret friends, get your own!), but once I acquiesced to the fact that sharing is a requirement to getting people to read your book, I finally embraced it and now I can't get enough of people opinions and thoughts.
A huge part of this project for me included the music that accompanies the novel; DRO2WN's sister project is a rock album of the same name, created by myself and my band (The SAWG). The album tells the same story as the book, except that it does so through music. I think music is ecumenically more subjective than a good story; as such, the music is probably less accessible than the novel. I enjoyed it though, and for those who enjoy the indie/progressive genre, I hope the music adds another enjoyable layer to the story. It was fun telling the same story through two different artistic mediums, and I think the process of creating both simultaneously really helped me improve on both art-forms. To listen to and download the music for free, check out our band's website: TheSAWG.com
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