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DJ Bodden is a writer and veteran Marine Corps pilot, currently working out of Geneva, Switzerland for a commodities firm. He read grown-up books at an inappropriate age, developed strong feelings about old videogames that have followed him throughout his life, and didn’t own a car until the age of 23, when he learned to drive and fly starting at the same time.

As a kid with a head full of other people’s stories, he decided he needed to gather a few of his own and joined the military. During the next thirteen years, he rode, rappelled out of, and flew planes and helicopters, got knocked out, cautioned, promoted, shot at, blew things up then rebuilt them, and met people from almost every walk of life imaginable.

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D.J. Bodden My version of writer's block is more like a severe case of distraction.

The best way to write a book is to write. I read somewhere that Sir Terry…more
My version of writer's block is more like a severe case of distraction.

The best way to write a book is to write. I read somewhere that Sir Terry Pratchett put down 300 words a day, rain or shine, related to his current project or not, and that works really well. If you can't think of something to write, plot. If you can't plot, come up with a new detail about one of your characters' back-stories and see what that changes.

Think about your story while you drive, in the shower, and especially right before you go to sleep (make your dreams work for you), and keep a notepad by the bed. I killed a character once because the thought of losing them made me tear up on the way home from work. The more time you spend on it, the easier it is to put it on the page. (less)
D.J. Bodden Well, technically every character in the book is a piece of me merged with people I've observed--an author can only write what they know. But if we…moreWell, technically every character in the book is a piece of me merged with people I've observed--an author can only write what they know. But if we were to look at Jonas specifically, here are some big items:

The barrier: I've had a memory palace (method of loci, if you prefer) since I was a teenager. Mine doesn't look like Jonas', but it's there and I've found interesting ways to use it.

The music: I went through five or six years of musical training in school, along with the French schooling system, drama classes and performance arts in general, and it was all heavy on memorization. I literally can hear music in my head, if I want to, and I often do. You'll catch me whistling, humming, or singing things several times a day, and my earphones go in when I run or work on big projects.

The missing dad: Yep, raised by my mother after my father died. I had a whole cast of interesting people come and go in my life, and you'll see that in how Jonas learns a little bit from everyone he meets and grows from it.

The way he thinks: Part of the process of being read has taught me that Jonas is a weird kid. He gets his life flipped upside down, has some near misses with death, falls in love fast and deep, and generally takes it in stride until he reaches a point where that doesn't work anymore, and he acts to solve the problem with a certain detachment. It's odd. It's also very much the way I experience the world.

Hope that helps :)(less)
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“She returned his salute with a sly smile—a rare enough event that he eyed her suspiciously.

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