Author Name: 100LICK
Book Name: TEDESKIMMA
Book genre: Literary Fiction
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TEDESKIMMA is a character driven narrative that is set in a dark, apathetic world. It explores the lives of 11 characters, who are as diverse in their culture as they are in their gender and sexuality. The book is divided into 11 parts, and each part explores the life of 1 of these characters, who are all of different ages, at a particular point in time. Each of the 11 parts have their own theme, and no part is similar to another in terms of content.
Could you tell me a bit more about your book?
Hi Lieze! First of all, thank you for giving me this opportunity. It means a lot, and I really appreciate it.
I like to think of TEDESKIMMA as a collection of 11 stories that are connected to each other, each of which belong to different genres. A couple of these stories are tense, action packed adventures, while others are centered around important conversations that form the characters within them. A few of the parts are focused on the long, harrowing journeys that their protagonists undertake, while others are coming of age stories.
What inspired you to write the book?
The book was mainly inspired by an idea that occurred to me one day – multiple characters connected by a single object. This idea is what forms the basic premise of TEDESKIMMA. To this day, I’m not sure what gave birth to it.
As I began working on this idea, I began thinking of what the stories of these multiple characters will be. At the time, there were multiple events I witnessed happening around me that shocked me. Many of them made me feel helpless, and this book was my way of processing them. I felt like there was nothing I could do about the atrocities I was witnessing, except write about them, hoping that what I wrote would move others enough to rise up and do what I could not on my own. These events helped me find the emotional core of this work.
What was your process of writing the book?
I wrote a detailed outline of TEDESKIMMA first. I then tried to follow it as best as I could while writing the first draft of the book. Once I was done with the first draft, I went through it again, and fixed whatever inconsistencies I noticed. There were ideas that occurred to me while writing the book, and I ran with many of them, even if they were contrary to what I had written in the outline I was supposed to follow. This caused some discrepancies in many of the parts of the book. My second draft fixed most of these. Repeating this process led to the third and final draft of the book. Whatever inconsistencies remained were taken care of by this point, and the book’s various storylines and themes had been nailed down. I read the book a few times after this, until I was satisfied with the end result, at which point I sent it out for editing.
Why should people read your book?
TEDESKIMMA tells the stories of a number of diverse characters. I am confident that every reader will be able to relate to, and get attached to, multiple characters in the book. The readers will form a bond with these characters and experience their lives, their trials and their tribulations first hand. My hope is that TEDESKIMMA will be the kind of book that leaves readers with a variety of thoughts in their head, thoughts that they will consider and ponder over for a long time after they’re done with the book.
What is so special about your story?
I think that there are a number of things that are special about TEDESKIMMA. The first is how vast the canvas the story is painted on is. The second is the number of genres this work covers. Readers with very different tastes should be able to pick this book up and discuss its themes and messages. The diversity in this work is another one of its highlights. Lastly, I think that TEDESKIMMA has a good balance in its storylines. There are enough parts of the book that are fast paced, and more action oriented, and just as many that cover more complex themes and social issues.
Who is your ideal reader?
My ideal reader is anybody who loves a great story. I also feel like readers who dive into TEDESKIMMA blind, without knowing too much about it, are the ones who would enjoy it the most. To quote Forrest Gump, TEDESKIMMA is like a box of chocolates, and you never know what you’re going to get from each of its 11 parts.
How did you celebrate finishing writing your book?
I celebrated finishing TEDESKIMMA by buying myself a nice meal, and getting a full night’s sleep. Writing this book took a lot out of me. I wrote the book in the evenings, after I came home from work. I wrote well into the night, and even after I was done, I was constantly getting out of bed to jot down ideas and things I needed to remember for continuity when I got back to writing the next day. So sleep was something I desperately craved by the time I was done with this work.
Who is your favourite character in the book?
I love them all. Each of them has ended up becoming a part of me. They’re like my children. But I will, very grudgingly of course, admit that I’m a little more partial to DIIN and CHOTY over everybody else.
If your book would be made into a movie – what actor would you want to play your main character and why?
So far, I have not found any actor who I have felt would be perfect to play one of the book’s main characters. I think this is because I have always pictured this work as an animated movie or TV show. So, ideally, if I had my way, TEDESKIMMA would be presented on the screen in animated form.
What is your favourite book?
I would pick The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake. The books had imagery unlike anything I had read before, and the stories itself were rather unique. These were some of the first books that actually transported me to the locations their pages described.
What author do you look up to?
I’m trying to think of a name but I am unable to come up with just one. In general, the authors I look up to are the ones who continued writing despite earning nothing for it, the ones who wrote just because of their love for the craft. My hope is that I will follow their example and never give up when it comes to my writing, no matter where life takes me.
What would you do if your book became an international bestseller?
If TEDESKIMMA were to become an international bestseller, one of the first things I would do is donate some part of my earnings to charities that help people who are in similar situations to the book’s characters. The next thing I would do is write full time.
Anything you want to share with my readers?
To everybody reading this, I hope that you have a great day, no matter where you are in this vast universe. And for those of you who are having a bad one, please remember that all bad things eventually come to an end, even though it may not seem that way when you’re in their midst. Lastly, I hope that everybody reading this will take a chance on TEDESKIMMA and give it some of their time.
Thank you once again, Lieze, for giving me this opportunity!