After Obsession

h3AfterObsessionh3pAimeeandAlanhaveunusualpastsandsecretstheyprefertokeephidden.AimeesdeceasedmotherstruggledwithmentalillnessandhallucinationsandAimeethinksitcouldbehereditary.Afterallsheseesashadowyrivermanwherethereisntone.AndthentherewasthattimesheandherbestfriendCourtneytriedtoconjureaspiritwithaOuijaboard...brbrAlanisCourtneyscousin.HisfamilymovedtoMainewhenCourtneysfatherwentmissing.ItsnotjustAlansdarkgoodlooksthatmakehimattractive.HeisalsototallyintouchwithakindofspiritualmysticismfromhisNativeAmericanheritage.AnditsnotlongbeforeAimeehasbrokenupwithherboyfriendbrbrButitsnotAimeeorAlanwhoistrulyhaunteditsCourtney.InadesperatepleatofindherfatherCourtneyinvitesademonicpresenceintoherlife.TogetherAimeeandAlanmustexorcisetheghostbeforeitdevoursCourtneyandeverythingaroundher.brbrstrongStevenWedelstrongisahighschoolEnglishteacherandliveswithhiswifeandchildreninOklahomaUSA.Hehaswrittenadultfantasynovelsandthisishisfirstbookforyoungadults.brbrstrongCarrieJonesstrongisanawardwinningauthorwhorecentlygraduatedfromVermontCollegesMFAprogramme.SheistheauthoroftheYAnovelsGirlHeroLoveandOtherUsesforDuctTapeandTipsonHavingaGayExBoyfriendwhichwasnominatedforaYALSAQuickPickandwontheMaineLiteraryAwardaswellastheIndependentBookPublisherAwardtheIPPYintheUS.brbrNeedandCaptivatearethefirsttwopartsofherbestsellingseries.brbrstrongAfterObsessionstrongbrBloomsburyPublishingbrISBN9781408818275brbrbrph3InterviewwithCarrieJonesandStevenWedelh3pstrongQuestionstrongWhatresearchdidyoudointomentalillnessandhallucinationsforAfterObsessionbrbrstrongCarrieJonesstrongWhenIfirstthoughtofAimeescharactershewasmuchmorefocusedonbipolardisorderandalsoonschizophrenia.Ididatonofresearchonlineandaskingrandomdoctorfriendsaboutcausessideeffectsreadbooksaboutbipolardisorderinartistsandwriters.AndthenIhadtoletitgoabit.TheinformationwasoverwhelmingmeinawaythatIthinkwasactuallymirroringAimeebeingoverwhelmedbyhermomsillness.ThroughoutmylifeIveknownalotofpeoplewithvaryingdegreesofmentalillnessanditsahardemotionalsortoftopicforme.brbrstrongStevenWedelstrongIdidntresearchanymentalillnessorhallucinationsreally.IvereadquiteabitaboutastraltravelandtheafterlifethoughandthatwasusedforAlansencounterswithhistotemanimal.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongCanyoutalkabouttheexperienceofcollaboratingonAfterObsessionbrbrstrongCarrieJonesstrongIhadSOOOOmuchfun.Wewouldeachwriteachapterandemailitoneafteranother.ThemomentIwrotemychapterIwouldstartstalkingmyemailsinboxhopingforSteveschaptertomagicallyshowup.Seriously.IwouldsendoutmychapterandcheckmyemailfiveminuteslatergoingUm....Dude....Hurryup....Comeon....brEverytimeSteveemailedachaptertomeitwasabitlikegettinganewloveletterfromtheboyyoulikedinfourthgrade.Pathetic.Yettrue.brHoldonIhavetogohideinembarrassment.brItwasabrilliantprocessinwhichthenormallysolocreativemindwasexpandedthroughthecollaborativeventureofjointstorytelling.brbrstrongStevenWedelstrongItwassomuchfunIalmostfeltguiltygettingpaidforit.AlmostIhadtheexactsameemotionsCarriesalreadydescribed.Itwasanincredibleexperience.Anamazingflowofcreativity.Wewrotetheentirefirstdraftinlessthan30days.brbrYesIbelieveitwasThomasCarlylewhosaidThelightningsparkofthoughtgeneratedinthesolitarymindawakensitslikenessinanothermind.CarrieandIwerebothawakeandgeneratinglightning.IsthathoitytoityenoughOkayseriouslyastotheprocesswehadageneralideaofwherewewereheadingwiththeplotandwejustwrotetowardthatgoal.MostofthetwistsalongthewaywereasbigasurprisetotheotherwriterasIhopetheywillbeforthereader.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongCanyourelatetothecharactersofAimeeandAlaninanywaybrbrstrongCarrieJonesstrongWellAimeelikestopaint.Iliketopaint.Aimeelikestallmen.Iliketallmen.Aimeedoesntliketoeatmeatandshelovestokayak.Samehere.WebothloveNutella.OnadeeperlevelIcanrelatetoworryingabouthowyoumighthaveinheritedsomeessentialdifferencefromyourmotherabouthowyourrealityfitsintotheworldsbiggerprescribedrealityandhowmuchofyourselfyouarereallywillingtorisktosaveyourfriends.brbrstrongStevenWedelstrongWellyeahtosomedegree.IwasnotathleticinschoolhavenoAmericanIndianbloodandwasnevereverassmoothwiththeladiesasAlanisbutatthelevelwhereheoftenfeelslikeanoutsideryesIdoidentifywiththat.WedosharemusicaltastesapreferenceforoldFordtrucksandhavelonghairthoughbrbrbrstrongQuestionstrongHowmuchofyourinspirationcomesfromreallifeandrealpeoplebrbrstrongCarrieJonesstrongThereisakayakincidentinthebook.Thathappenedontheriverbymyhome.Ilookedforaboysbodyandheardhislastwords.AlotoftheplacesaresetaroundEllsworthMaineintheUS.Sothatreallyinspiredalotofthesettings.Therearesomerealcopsinthestoryaswell.Isortofhaveathingforcops.Ialwaystrytoinsertmycrushinabook.IknowIknowPathetic.brbrOhtherearealotofcharactersintherewhoarecoworkersorformerstudentsofmine.TheyreallatleastthinlydisguisedbutIsuspecttheyllrecognisethemselves.TheschoolinOklahomathatAlancomesfromisnevernamedotherthantheirmascotoftheJetsbutitistheschoolwhereIteach.Yesthereisquiteabitofreallifeinthere.brbrbrInterviewbyBrookeHunterppnbspppnbspp


 



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