Tuesday, July 2, 2013

On Writing Toxic Leash

Writing Toxic Leash
Christian Jensen

It wasn't supposed to be like this. This book had actually started life as something else. To make it more interested, the entire idea of a collaboration between Cassandre Dayne and myself was supposed to be something else entirely.
It all started on a rainy Wednesday morning. I had called Cassandre to talk business. We discussed publishing, self publishing, publishers, marketing, and all the other nooks and crannies of this insane industry. An idea was formed and what two authors would be better suited to work as partners then her and I? We are both ridiculously prolific and strive for success so complete it borders on domination.
Domination is another central theme with us, but that's another story...
So we started out on Toxic Leash and something remarkable happened. The book took on a life of it's own and the characters ran away with the story. Cass and I tore through the story like a couple of rabid hyenas until nothing was left but the marrow-less bones.
Even while we were writing it we both knew this was the kind of book that people would either love or hate. They would cry and beg for mercy although none would ever be granted, and when they reached the last line of the last page their lives would be different than when the reader so casually began.
We asked a very good friend of ours, Shon Medley, to edit it for us. He was utterly shocked despite the repeated warnings we gave him. Shon did an incredible job editing the book and his comments were beyond helpful. Of course the book disturbed him and he still has nightmares, but we DID warn him.
This book is not for the feint of heart.
I don't like to write books that are. Life isn't this way. Everyday there are horrible things that happen and only the strong survive. That's the way it's supposed to be. The weak ad stupid are purged and those of us left standing inherit it all.
Remember the warning when you begin to read. Remember I warned you. Remember I said that this book is not for everyone. Heed the warning posted all over and know that you still need to read it because this book will flash the stark reality of a cruel mirror into your eyes and reflect back the very thing you are afraid to see.

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