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My thanks go to author Oscar Wenman-Hyde today for answering my questions and allowing me to share his responses with you today. Read on to find out what he replied and more about both him and his book, Chroma.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book?
My inspiration for the book came from my own experiences. When I was a child my parents got divorced, and whilst this book isn’t an accurate depiction in terms of story, it is in the emotions throughout. My main goal for this book is to enlighten people on how divorce effects a child on an emotional and psychological level. I also hope that victims of divorce can find closer on the subject, but also discover new ways to approach divorce when trying to come to terms with it or speak to those involved on a meaningful level.
What is your writing process?
The process changes with each project to be honest, some I will plan out extensively, others I will just go from an idea in my head and discovery write the whole project. This book was a little different because I had already written the screenplay prior to adapting it into a novel, but my main process was just to keep the momentum going, I would write in any spare second that I could find.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I have only ever written on a computer. However, there have been many times where I have purchased notebooks to start writing by hand, and I am definitely a notebook hoarder! Sadly, technology just makes it so easy these days, especially when a seventy-thousand-word book is safe in the cloud rather than on a tatty piece of paper!
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
My favourite character is the protagonist Riley. He is an eight-year-old boy who is obsessed with the wonders of cinema, his whole phycology is based upon movies and that was very much like how I was growing up. There’s a moment in the book where Riley is upset, and he comes to terms with his emotions by relating it to Anakin Skywalker. He says that he now understands why Anakin turned to the dark side because anger is such a possessive emotion, and whilst that may seem like a grown-up thought for an eight-year-old, children understand much more than we give them credit for, I definitely did.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
As much as I am Riley, I wouldn’t want to be him, mainly because I have been through divorce firsthand as a child and I wouldn’t want to experience it again, so I’d have to say his father Paul. He is a character which finds it so hard to do the right thing even though the solution is constantly in front of him, and if I was him, then I’d like to think that I could make those decisions and save Riley from more pain than he deserves.
Also, there is much of the book where Paul’s story and his whereabouts are unmentioned, and I’d love to see what he was actually up to! Even though I know the answers, but to the reader, that’s hidden!
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
This is tough one, I don’t know to be honest. However, whenever I am trying to name characters, I always try to find a balance within my ensemble between normal and interesting, and I think that has worked within Chroma.
Thank you once more for your fascinating answers, I enjoyed learning more about you and your writing!
When Riley watched Chroma, the latest movie by Armani Manora, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. Riley’s parents, Jean and Paul, are currently getting divorced, and they have managed to keep the situation hidden from Riley, until now.
They were unaware of the effects this was having on Riley’s emotional and mental well-being, and as tensions rose at school and at home, he was visited by a voice in his bedroom. Before too long, he began a journey that was not only dangerous, but eye opening.
Chroma explores the rapidly changing family dynamic throughout divorce, and how a child’s imagination can take them to unknown places. It is emotional, insightful and a moving story which not only teaches us how to be an adult, but how to be a child.
Author Bio –
Oscar Wenman-Hyde is a writer living in Gloucester, UK. Born and raised in the quiet towns of North Devon, Oscar would spend the majority of his time as a child writing and directing short films with his brother and neighbours. From here, Oscar’s passion led him to explore all aspects of his creativity, by graduating with a BA Hons in Songwriting at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. He now finds joy in all mediums of writing and although he has worked and trained in many areas, he is always inspired by film and remains grounded in storytelling.
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