Welcome to Potpourri of Writing, Dwayne. We're pleased to have you as a guest today as you stop by on your virtual blog tour.
Dwayne Gerald Anderson is a Canadian author. His most recent book, Partially Human, is a young adult science fiction story about a teenager who discovers he's not totally human. This is the third book Dwayne's had published...a great accomplishment for a young man of 24.
Dwayne also was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when he was 16. However, he's an inspiration for others, like my grandson, who have this condition. From Dwayne they can learn they have the capability for great accomplishments.
To read a synopsis and excerpt from Partially Human, visit Pump Up Your Book Promotion.
MEA: Frequently readers ask me how I get the ideas for my stories. It seems to be a rather universal question. So I'll ask you to tell us how you came up with the idea for Partially Human.
DWAYNE: The book was based on my own personal experiences with being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 16. Like me, the protagonist is discriminated against and mocked by many because of his "difference", though he ultimately is able to overcome it, move on with his life, and make an impact on society.
MEA: Often authors say the characters seem to take over and determine the direction of the story. Others keep to a strict outline and don't let the characters vary from that. What happens between you and your characters?
DWAYNE: I would say it's a bit of both. The actions of the characters do move the story along as well as following the outline I've written for the book.
MEA: Do you "get stuck" when writing your books or do you find they flow right along?
DWAYNE: Often, I think hard of ways the characters solve their problems, the dialogue they speak, or what happens in the story.
MEA: Do you put some of your own experiences in your books?
DWAYNE: My experiences with life have been the inspiration for my books. My experience with Asperger Syndrome inspired Partially Human.
MEA: What do you hope your readers learn, or take away with them, when they read Partially Human?
DWAYNE: I hope to teach others that people need to be accepted for who they are and not rejected for being different.
MEA: Do you have anything else you'd like to share with us about you, your life and your writing?
DWAYNE: I have more works planned, such as a sequel to my first two books, a medieval fantasy, two romances, and another general fiction.
Thank you, Dwayne, for visiting Potpourri of Writing today. I hope your tour will be very successful and great fun. You're an amazing young writer we need to keep our eyes on. There is much others can learn from you and your perseverence, as you share through this interview and your books.
To learn more about Dwayne and his writing world, visit his blog and web site.
Dwayne's blog: http://partiallyhuman.blogspot.com/
Dwayne's web site: http://www.geocities.com/andersondwayne/dwaynegand.html