Chapter 9 is live. If you haven’t, check out the downloads for free e-book versions of Chapters 1-8.
The Days Days of Me and Him
In the claustrophobic town of Blackpool, Tennessee, Charlie Hudson dreams of escape, Audrey Allen dreams of being a star, and Theo Jackson no longer dreams at all.
After Theo Jackson’s apparent suicide, Charlie Hudson only wants to play his guitar and watch the world burn. He doesn’t mean to start the apocalypse, but then again, he didn’t mean to fall in love either.
When Audrey Allen meets Charlie and invites him to join her band, she doesn’t realize the high price she’ll pay to see her dreams come true. But she doesn’t know how to stop the coming darkness…or if she even wants to.
As the world unravels, so do the secrets and lies surrounding Theo’s suicide. They say the dead can’t speak for themselves, but that’s not always true.
The Dark Days of Me and Him is an experimental serial story told in bi-monthly installments over the course of 2012. It follows the lives of Charlie Hudson, Theo Jackson, Audrey Allen, and the residents of Blackpool, Tennessee, as they try to solve the mystery of Theo’s death and mend their fractured lives–even as the world whimpers to its end.
What is this?
The Dark Days of Me and Him is a free serial story that I’ll be writing throughout 2012 and posting to this website. I’ll update the story a minimum of twice per month, and at the end of each month I’ll convert the chapters into various e-book formats–ePub, mobi, PDF–for download. The Dark Days of Me and Him is a semi-realistic YA story, but it might be helpful to think of it more like a television show. The main characters are all teens, but the adults in their lives are important too.
Who am ?
I’m Shaun Hutchinson, author of The Deathday Letter and a forthcoming book from Simon Pulse. I live in sunny South Florida with my partner and our annoying dogs.
Why am I doing this?
Because I’m insane. Honestly, I like a challenge. One of the things I admire about television is that once it’s out there, it’s out there. So if a character in an episode of your favorite TV show does or says something, the writers of the show have to honor that. Instead of being able to delete any inconsistencies or mistakes, writing this way will force me to work through any issues. It will also give me a chance to connect directly with readers. To pay attention to what may or may not be working and correct the course. That’s not to say that I don’t already have the story outlined, but even the best prepared writer can find that they’ve made a wrong turn somewhere.
In short, I think this will be fun, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.
With that said, enjoy the story.