Relating To The Players

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kid stuff 1

When I was a kid, I always thought when I became an adult, I would be this all-knowing, mature, cool person. I imagined all the asshole-ness of my childhood would be gone because I would be mature. I thought the ‘underdog me’ and the ‘cool kids’ would finally be on the same playing field.

Adults are just big kids. We’ve learned from our mistakes. I think people learn to suppress past portions of their lives they’d rather not remember. So much suppression is going on in most adults, they actually cause themselves to forget where they came from. They forget the hurt. They forget the feelings of youthful rejection. They forget the innocence and the playfulness. There’s a line in a song by Bob Seger that says, “Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.” The kid inside never really goes away – people just don’t know the kid any more.

Writing YA is a natural for this team because we remember what it’s like to be a kid. We remember the good, the bad, the hurt, the simple joy. We remember where we came from.

Creating and developing the players in Changers comes from remembering, from never letting go of the kid inside.

 

 

Title for Book Three

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Rogues, by Les and Taylor Anderson

ROGUES


The title for our first book – Changers – was a natural. Here’s a little secret: it had, and still has in parts of our filing system, a working title of Levi’s Rain. I’ll probably tell more about that later, but for now it’s not important.

As Changers progressed, it became evident there are four main types of characters in the story:

  1. Changers
  2. Punks
  3. Rogues
  4. Regular People

So with Changers being the cause of all the problems, mystery, thrills and adventure in the story, Changers was a shoe-in for the title of the first book.

We chose PUNKS for the title of the second part of the story because the Punks are the driving force behind the effort to get to the bottom of the disappearances in town. Also, because Punks are pretty much fearless and don’t much care what people think. Plus, for the most part, our Punks are pretty badass.

Well, Rogues are Changers who said, “I’m tired of all the bullshit involved with being a Changer. I’m done.” So the Rogues split from the Changers and unite with the regular people and the Punks to go up against the powerful Changers organization.

The finale of the story involves Changers, Punks, Rogues and Regular People. For the title of the finale, we chose Rogues. The title, Regular People, just didn’t seem all that exciting.