Intimate Conversation with author Terry DeRon
Game Recognize Game is a story highlighting the games and deception that men and women play on one another to get what they want. The story is told completely first person so you get to experience the motives and mindset of someone doing dirt and someone having dirt done on them. This is one of those books that has so much drama going on, it's hard to pick a favorite part or one favorite character.
Well originally I started writing out of boredom. I was sitting in a training class to be a claim representative for State Farm and I happened to have a pen and paper in front of me. So that's how I created the first five chapters. It was seeing how people reacted to those chapters that planted the thought "what would happen if they actually had a whole book to read"? So that is what gave me the inspiration to actually complete the task.
Q: Are your characters from the portrayal of real people?
Definitely. Not necessarily people that I know, but real people that anybody could know or hang around. My book is written completely in first person so you get a unique perspective into the thoughts and feelings of each character. Once you see what makes a person operate and what their thought process is when they are going through something you can connect with them more. So the characters in Game Recognize Game are definitely "real."
Q: What sets your book apart from other books in your genre?
Well I'm an avid reader and I teach English and reading, so I know what makes a book a good or great read from a reader's perspective. That’s why my book is so fast paced and realistic. I also have a degree in film and television production so reading my book is more like reading a script to a movie, than actually reading a novel. I don't have a narrator telling you what's happening. You actually get to experience the situation with the character. So that's why readers experience such a roller coaster of emotions while they are reading Game Recognize Game. There isn't any period where your interest level will drop, not even a little bit. When people say, "page turner", this is exactly what they mean. You are on edge to find out what's going to happen from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, and page to page from beginning to end!
Q: What is the best piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author?
The best piece of advice I would give to an aspiring author is to leave their ego at the door. I've found that a lot of people that contact me want to put out a book that is based on their life. And that doesn't really work unless there is something extraordinary about your life or if you're a celebrity. So my advice would be to focus on something that would interest a large number of people. Not just people that know you or care about your personal life. When you create something that is universally accepted as being a good book then you know that you have done a good job as an author.
Q: Who did you write this book for? Why?
Now I know this sounds crazy, but I actually wrote my book for people that hate to read. Being a reading teacher I understand the importance of being a reader. And a large majority of people that have problems in school or education have a problem with their reading. If you can't read on the same level of your peers, how can you possibly expect to communicate on their level?
So with that in mind, a lot of people are turned off from reading because of some of the material that they were forced to read that probably didn't interest them very much. If you ask almost any person that enjoys reading would they prefer to watch a movie about something or read a book about it and they will almost always select the book. I want to show the people that would select the movie, what they are missing. That’s why my cover is so attention getting and risqué. That’s why my writing is so vivid and in your face. I think that my book looks interesting enough to get someone that may have never read a book beginning to end, to give it a chance. And I know if they read my book, they will have a thorough understanding of the power of literature.
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Book is available at: http://www.terryderonbooks.com/
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