final Solitary Tales novel
David C Cook
Enjoy meeting Chris!
Chris Buckley is a tall, thin teenager. Light brown wavy hair. Slight freckles. Very fair-skinned. Flat footed. Keeps hair longer and messy.
I envisioned Chris to look like a younger Heath Ledger. If you Google young Heath Ledger, you’ll see some pics of a guy who looks mischievous and thoughtful.
Strengths and weaknesses
Strong willed, for better or worse. Stubborn and doing things his own way. Cares about people and wants to do the right thing–he just doesn’t know what the right thing happens to be. A deep soul and thinks a lot about things. Has a weakness for the “ladies”. Will be heroic even if he’s being stupid. A romantic. A music lover.
Quirk (if any)
Overthinks things. Has a circus going on in his head. Also he can fly (I’m just making that up).
Your inspiration for the character
I used to know this melancholy, music-loving teenager living in the North Carolina mountains. I met him when I was a teenager. Actually, he happened to live in our house. And that’s weird because I don’t have brothers.
Background to the story
I’ll share something I’ve never shared before. Once, while driving around Asheville, North Carolina, I got lost and took an exit to try to find directions. I actually drove into Solitary, North Carolina. The moment I drove in to town, I could tell things were off. I felt like I was in a /Twilight Zone /episode. I saw a mountain man with a German Shepherd and masked men looking like the Klu Klux Klan. I knew I needed to get out of there.
Okay, joking aside, I’ve always loved scary stories. I used to live in North Carolina. And there really are some small, spooky towns around there. I combined my first novel published (teen love) with some of my scary novels. I also wanted to do a /Twin Peaks-/esque story. For not only teenagers but for those who actually remember what /Twin Peaks /was all about. BUT—BUT—I wanted to have answers, not some wandering plot. So there you have it.
**Solitary, the first Solitary Tales novel is free in ebook form from Amazon for a short time**