by Jason Zandri
David Stephenson is a kind drifter who comes to settle in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents of the failing town as they welcome and befriend him. During his stay he helps a small local girl try to realize her dream and while doing so excites and energizes the whole town to help out. Lives change as fate takes a critical turn. The local would-be reporter, tasked by David’s longtime friend, takes off on a mission to unravel the mystery of his travels, where he came from, and discovers why he is on his journey.
Another Sunset Reviews – http://amzn.to/1RHrdES
“The author has a nice way of weaving together a touching story that definitely tugged at those heartstrings”
“Endearing characters, well-paced dialogue, and valuable lessons…all the components of fantastic book”
“Instead of the fast pace of stories that tell too much, too soon, Another Sunset moved its pace along with detail that helped really form its characters. It gave plenty of time to delve into the story and not be able to fully discern where the story was going (which I like – I don’t like to be able to script out what’s going to happen! Surprise me!)”
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I am now working on two other book series – “As Life Goes” and “I, Hero.” In them, as I had to do in “Another Sunset”, I needed to come up with imaginary people, make them seem real, and make you like them or hate them, depending on their role in the story.
Creating characters from scratch is never an easy thing. You have to creating a “living being” from nothingness.
Often there are pieces of me in my characters, as well as pieces of other people I know. There’s an old saying that goes something like “there are no original ideas left in the world” and to a large extent the same is true of character creation.
Take any movie or book and you will often find traits of different people, melded together, because no matter how many slivers you break a personality down to and intermix them, you are still dealing with a finite amount.
When I am taking a personality trait of my own, or an actual situation I went through, and putting it into a character, there are times I will “adjust” it. Maybe I’ll use a situation from my own history and change the response I actually used to another one for the sake of the story. I might change it to something I would have tried if I had a cooler head at the time or more time to think it through more. Alternatively, I might want to walk the whole scenario out a different way than it really unfolded for me. Perhaps I write it so that it plays out with better results, or maybe even slightly worse, and then allow “history” to take another path.
In realm of quantum realities, it is suggested that where one reality occurs, there is another reality where untried events “here” actually did occur or were tired “elsewhere.” So in a given situation where you made a right hand turn, your reality continues forward from there. Quantum reality theory suggests that in another realm or reality, you turned left and that continuity unfolded differently.
That is the magic of storytelling. You can take the “road not travelled” and imagine how it might go.
For “Another Sunset”, I needed to create “David.” I wanted to take the best parts of myself, even the parts that exceed my own abilities and capabilities, and mix them with the humble makings of others; their strengths and some of their failings as well. I wanted to create a character that I wanted to be like “someday when I grow up,” as the saying goes. Then I wanted to create the conditions, his life prior to reaching Westville, to define who he was, as much as who he was becoming. I also wanted him to have every reason to be the total opposite of how he turned out. I wanted to show that in the worst adversity, you still have the ability to choose, to fight the easy or expected course, and to boldly go down the high road that is less travelled and exceed your own expectations and abilities, by merely striving to do for others.
On his journey David has learned you’re not striving to reach a destination – retirement, completion, fulfillment, happiness, and so on. He learned that how you move along in life, how you live it, for yourself, and how you touch others, is more important than anything else.
If the fictional story of “Another Sunset” allows that message to be received to even just one person that never before considered that, then I will feel more rewarded for writing it than any sum of money in totality that I receive for the work of creating the story in the first place.
As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)
As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)
As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)
As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)
ABOUT JASON ZANDRI
Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).
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