A Quick And Easy Fix

Courtnee Turner Hoyle Author Interview

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.

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Is the rotating ouroboros on the vial unlocking his potentially deadly abilities or a well-guarded secret?
Fourteen-year-old Razz enjoys the freedom of his single-parent household until his mother becomes ill. Without involved relatives, he worries about what will happen to his sister, Lexi, and him when their mother dies.
Feeling powerless, he seeks out Scorn, a drug that can give the user unlimited strength, but its effects are short-lived and the consequences of taking it are high. The user may seem unaffected by it for some time, but eventually, almost all those who take the drug become exceedingly aggressive, using their new strength to tear apart anyone in their paths, especially those closest to them. The government collects the users who have pushed past the limits of their strength and taken a life or lives, and places them in a facility from where only one person has returned.
Simply feeling the vile in his hand makes Razz feel more dominant, and he decides to keep the amber powder close to him. He starts having dreams about blood, and strange physical changes make him wonder if he’s going through the natural stages of adolescence, or if touching the Scorn in the vile has caused an irreversible reaction.
Will Razz use Scorn to help him cope with his mother’s failing health, and keep Lexi and him together after his mother’s death? Or is there something more to Scorn, and is his family somehow responsible for it?

*Content warning* Readers should be advised if a sensitivity to discussions about drugs, their effects, and child abuse is present.

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Posted on July 3, 2022, in Interviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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