Is there a particular book that influenced you?
This question is asked of authors a lot, and up until I read one specific book, I had no real answer. When asked, I’d shrug and think of whatever book I’d read recently, and I could see that the person asking the question wasn’t really satisfied with my answer.
But four years ago, I stumbled upon the book that is still to this day the one I refer to when asked this question. That book? Defending Jacob by William Landay.
I’m the type of reader that needs to be on the edge of my seat. I like how Dan Brown ends every chapter with a twist that forces you to go on, even if you told yourself you’d close the book and mow the lawn after just one more chapter.
Defending Jacob isn’t one of those action, action, action books. It’s a good story with good structure. But what makes it so special?
You’d never guess the ending.
My eyes grew wide and my jaw dropped when I read the end of this book. I’d read many stories before and the endings were always satisfying or slightly predictable. But Defending Jacob threw me a beautiful curveball that I had no chance of hitting.
I always wanted my writing to be entertaining. I mean, who doesn’t? The whole idea of becoming a writer is to be the greatest writer that ever walked the Earth, right? That’s what I want. So I constantly try to improve my writing. And I feel like, since the day I finished Defending Jacob by William Landay, my story structure has improved tremendously. Now we just have to hope the readers feel the same.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Out of Hiding
by John Feldman
Charles Dampor was supposed to be a blessing, but instead turned out to be a curse. A family torn by deception and greed now saw Emily for what she was, and a co-worker with a vicious past of his own now has his own personal vendetta against her. If Emily doesn't open her eyes and see the doors she's unlocked, she'll find herself at the bottom of Lake Bermin...with Charles's ex-wife.
My eye is now on the bottom half, literally. The bottle is held up to my face, eye level. I can see the amount of liquid sitting in there, yet to be touched. Soon to be ingested, digested, then disposed of. That remaining fluid seems to have the possibility for a story in there. Each ounce contains a few words. That story could be the malicious murder of Emily Geiser. It could be. But it could also be the twist in the story I have yet to write. A twist I do not want. A twist leading to a happy ending. Emily and Charles live happily ever after, skipping off into the sunset. Maybe she gets a promotion, becomes his secondhand man. They cut out the money-hungry daughter Carla for good and enjoy their own life. And me? I finally get punished for the murders of Veronica, my wife and her whore friend Sam, and their boy toy. The possibility of me turning myself in could even be lying within the contents of this bottle, but that’s doubtful. The words that write that ending are in a second bottle, sitting somewhere on a liquor store shelf nearby. But I won’t go there. I haven’t had the urge for a Bottle Number Two in quite some time.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
John Feldman was born and raised in southern New Jersey, but has since moved to Florida at the request (demand) of his beautiful wife. He has written several short stories and novels, including his newest release, OUT OF HIDING. He writes a lot, thinks a lot more, and is currently wondering why he’s writing this in the third person.
For more information, visit www.johnfeldman.com, or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/John-Feldman/e/B00JG75SCI
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