Introducing Phone, Keys, Claws, Teeth

If you’ve been to my home page, you can see that I currently have three Kindle Vella stories running. Wound has been going since this summer and is in the middle of Season 2: Slake. The other, Art History, I’ll introduce in another post. Here, I want to talk about Phone, Keys, Claws, Teeth and the worst prom night ever.

I wanted to write something in the first-person present, which has always been a challenge for me. When I first started, it was difficult (still is at times) because my brain seems to revert to third-person as a default. Perhaps there something scary about completely inhabiting a character’s mind, though I would argue I am as close to Amanda as I am to my point-of-view characters in my other stories. Maybe the trouble is in being so obvious about that inhabitation, closing the distance by using “I”?

As I write, I feel like I’m finding Amanda’s voice and developing little quirks and turns of phrase. Her parent, Harold and Lilly, seem real to me as well, but Kevin, well, he’s a bit of a puzzler. Jarrod, on the other hand, is a complete mystery. I can’t wait to see what his surprise it.

Feel free to check out the first three episodes for free on Kindle Vella and let me know what you think. I hope the story sinks its teeth into you.