A Quick And Easy Fix
Rasputin’s Scorn follows a teenage boy who considers taking a dangerous drug in an effort to keep his family together when his mom dies. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
A friend of mine was given a terminal diagnosis, and she had three children who loved her dearly and depended upon her for their financial and emotional support. I was inspired by her situation and my role in my large family. I wondered how my children would feel if I were given a similar diagnosis. Without available family members, would the older children shoulder the responsibility of the younger ones and struggle to find a way to stay together?
Also, I have witnessed the effects of drugs in my area, and it is heartbreaking. Drugs are often offered as a quick and easy fix, but in my story, the repercussions are often immediate. Under what circumstances would a young person seek them out, and would he or she be able to overcome the pull of increased physical power with the right amount of friendship and emotional support?
Rasputin is a relatable teenager, with all the mood swings and concerns of real-world teens. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
Razz, or Rasputin, was patterned after my eldest son. It was important for Razz to be intelligent, as his decisions reflected either careful consideration, or revealed the rashness of his age. He needed to be fiercely loyal, too, as his devotion to his family was the driving force behind most of his decisions. In addition, Razz had a good friend base. Razz had developed friendships with a number of people from varying backgrounds who showed him a different way of looking at his situation, even when they didn’t realize how deeply their words affected him.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The coming-of-age theme was important in this book, as it is usually the one that helps show a tremendous amount of mental and/or emotional growth in the character. Family and friendship were also important, as they are usually the nucleus that helps shape a person and influence his/her/their decisions.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
My next book is Solomon’s Tears, and it will be released on August 2, 2022. The story follows a mother who battles with the disembodied crying in her home and wonders if the sounds she hears and the shadows she sees indicate that her family is living in a haunted house or if a genetic mental illness is beginning to infect her life.