Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m D. C. Wright-Hammer, the innovative author behind the Between Two Mind series. I was inspired to write by a love for science fiction and some troubling life events. In late 2014, I set out to tell a short tale about transferring one’s mind into a new brain and body, and I ended writing for two and a half years. At that point, I had 125k words that became Between Two Minds: Awakening, the Book One in the series. The passion allowed me to continue writing straight through for the next year, and I just published Book Two, Between Two Minds: Revelation in mid-October.
Can you give us a brief description of your most recent book?
In October 2018, I self-published Between Two Minds: Revelation, Book Two in the series. You follow the main character, Ryan Carter, as he tries to move on with his life after his procedure—getting his mind transferred from his biological paraplegic body to a physically fit host. There were a lot of unanswered questions in Book one. Book Two answers a lot of those questions while completely enveloping the author in the world I have created.
When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
From an early age, I dabbled in writing poems and short stories. Several years ago, I was working as a data migration specialist, and I had some serious health issues. It was then that my creative juices began to flow, and I thought, “what if my mind could downloaded from my brain and uploaded into a brain in a new and healthy body?” After I had completed my first draft, I really did feel like a writer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In high school, I wrote around 10k words from the perspective of a serial killer who was still in high school. This was before shows like Dexter, so I think if I would have stuck with it, it would have been something worthy of publishing. Unfortunately, the computer it was on crashed long ago, and I was unable to obtain a copy.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have difficulty writing chronologically from the same perspective for an entire novel. It gets boring to me. “This, then this, then this, then this.” It’s just not a formula I like to follow. I also have a lot of respect for my readers, so I try not to spoon feed them the story or plot. I give subtle hints and clue before revealing the big twists in the books. In Book One, Awakening, chapters alternate between the two main characters until the end when the seemingly separate stories turn out to be more connected than you might have thought.
What gives you inspiration for your stories?
Life provides endless inspirations in general. Other forms of entertainment help to focus that inspiration into stories to tell. Books, movies, dramatic things that happen in real life. I begin to think how things could be connected in a web that’s both entertaining and believable.
Did you come across any specific challenges in writing ‘Between two minds’?
It is difficult to maintain the theme of being between two minds while allowing the conclusion to converge in an fascinating way. The other challenge that I came across was my apprehension to harming my characters. The original ending to Book One was a lot less exciting, and I had a few deus ex machina moments that wouldn’t have done the book justice. My editor reeled me in, saying the ending stunk (and it did). I re-wrote it in four days, and with her help, was able to tighten it up to make it a good way to wrap up the first book in the series.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
I know who they are immediately in my mind. That said, I often step back as I write and think about how to continue to develop the characters, letting them grow in ways that help the story move along and give the reader more of a connection to them.
Who are your favourite authors?
Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Dan Brown, Ernest Cline, George Orwell
Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?
I’d like to finish Between Two Minds which would be three more books. I would also like to have one other shorter book published as well.
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