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Hey Jessica, it’s great to have you here. How are you doing?
Fabulous, It’s a nice sunny day in Massachusetts. Apple season is just around the corner. Looking forward to hoodies and fires.
Well, I guess the most logical place to start is with The House on Hayden Pond. Tell me about it. What gave you the idea, and did you take inspiration from personal experience?
I started writing The House on Hayden Pond about two years ago. It’s my first Novella and very dear to my heart. I named the book after my son Hayden. He loves all things scary and creepy. He is six years old and always excited to see his hand print on the book cover. I would say my writing style is very different. I write fast paced without allot of fluff. I always say you have one chapter to grab my attention. I have taken that to heart in my writing.
I have something called Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder. I was given the suggested diagnosis as a freshman in college. Since it’s not yet recognized by the NIH they could not officially give me the diagnosis. I basically daydream 70% more than a “normal” person. Having written various screen plays for my own enjoyment, I made the decision to complete and write a book. A day later I was watching the movie Aloha and took two actors played by Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams transforming them into Paul and Sam Bolton. Through my daydreams I had the first draft completed in three months. This was followed by multiple versions and a constant changing story line. After the final draft was complete I made my own cover and hired Thomas Hauck to professionally edit the book.
So, Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder – can you tell me more about what that is exactly?
Absolutely, I am a firm believer in educating. It stops assumptions about the disorder. Throughout the day doing absolutely any task I can get caught up in a daydream. I have a hard time falling asleep. It usually takes about 2-6 hours because I have such a busy mind. It’s also known as the Walter Mitty Syndrome for good reason. Not to be confused with normal daydreams they tend to be much more elaborate and extremely vivid. Like a movie or novel played out in your mind. People with MDD are 100% aware that these daydreams are not real in any way. It’s impossible to stop because it’s subconscious. It often happens while preforming regular everyday tasks. I have probably had it since I was about five years old. I try to have a positive attitude about MDD. Instead of dwelling on it I use it to my advantage to write. In reference to the House on Hayden Pond, when I say I know every inch of that house and every character intimately, it’s because I’ve been there. I have seen it all unfold. The downside is it can be embarrassing. I have been so caught up in a daydream that I have unknowingly said a line from one of my characters in public. Then you get the crazy person stare. I have also randomly laughed in public at something funny I was daydreaming about. People have gotten frustrated with me because they are talking and I am a million miles away. I have learned from others with MDD there is a spectrum of people who are high functioning and low functioning. I am thankful I am able to complete tasks and drive myself to focus.
Fascinating! I may have to look into if this applies to me. So, what is next? Will there be a follow up to Hayden Pond?
I have a current project that needs to be seen to completion. After that I will be diving into the prequel titled The Rise of Roman Hollick. I did already write the first chapter, but I’m trying to be disciplined and write one book at a time. All I can say so far is it’s going to be a blood bath.
Anything else you would like to tell us, or promote?
I am currently working on a thriller that my horror backbone can’t help but creep into from time to time. The project is not yet titled. Please follow my Facebook page for The House on Hayden Pond it will be the best source for future information on my new books including release dates.
Well, thanks again Jessica. I look forward to speaking to you again when the new book comes out.
Thank you for your time. The pleasure is all mine. If anyone has any questions about my books or MDD please feel free to PM me on my Facebook page.