Comicality: Welcome to another featured author interview for Imagine Magazine! This month, I am proud to bring you a story that truly touched me, and displays real beauty and skill in its presentation! The story is “Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected”, and the author is Lindon Weztser! So, let me pick his brain a little bit and see how he was able to create such an incredible story!
Lindon…in your own words, try to give us an overview of your story. The theme, the characters, and what it’s all about.
Lindon: This is honestly the first time I’ve ever had to answer this type of question and its more difficult than it should be. I could go on and on, but to make it short and straightforward, the story is about four boys taken into a better environment than their previous one. The four boys all have different and distinct personalities which makes the story amusing to read. I know this answer deserves more to it, so I have asked the help from a few of my friends on discord. So here is how they have described Lincoln. “It’s a story about four boys who have gone through some traumatic events and their road to recovery. There are themes of hope and battles, struggles and joy, and growing up. Lincoln is a fighter with demons that haunt him. Ryker is the fashion expert. Jacob is in the middle of a battle for survival and Clayton is the youngest and purest of heart.”–> Thanks, MattD! Next, “Lincoln is about a young boy whose parents were murdered and was found by a man named Garrett alone and with no memory of how he got there. The story follows Lincoln and his brothers, Ryker, Jacob, and Clayton’s recovery from the events of their past and present; each in their own way. Then Garret as he deals with being their dad as well as dealing with things in his personal life”–> Thanks Dbarber! Now, I will add that its worth a read. The story can be read on multiple sites; however, my home site is AC Corner Cafe, check it out at https://www.cornercafe.us/?t=4vbfNiC5iLXN1x25.
Comicality: So, This is your very first story? Let me know if I have that wrong. How did you get started with your writing? And what inspired you to make this your first outing in the story writing business? 🙂
Lindon: You would be correct. “Lincoln” is the first attempt at writing a story and it’s been an interesting, exciting, and tiresome experience! Ya know, I’m not entirely sure what made me want to write. I’ve read some great books like “Joel” by Ted Louis and many more, but I always felt they lacked a realistic expectation of an abused child. Don’t get me wrong, “Joel” is an exceptionally well-written story by a great author. I consider “Joel” to be one of my favorite stories, so I’m not knocking it or claiming my story is better!!! However, in a lot of the stories I have read, the abused child overcomes their past in a mere week or so, with support from the rescuer. In real life, it couldn’t be further from the truth, and I’d even say that 99.99% of the time, the abuse endured by a child, sticks with them for life. Yes, whoever cares for the abused child (whether it be a foster parent(s), birth parent(s), or whomever) does have a significant impact on the recovery of the child, but the abuse doesn’t magically disappear over a week, months, or even years. From my standpoint, I’ve never really seen one of these books dive deep into abuse, and its effects on a child. So, I guess the inspiration came from reading other stories and seeing if I could write a story that showed the outcome of abuse. It’s a heavy topic to try and write about, and I hope that I’m doing a good job.
Comicality: I noticed that you pretty much jumped into some heavy themes within the first few paragraphs. It’s definitely an attention grabber, and it hooks readers into wanting to know what happens next. Always a good skill to have. What made you want to start right there at that moment? It’s an excellent kick off point for a story!
Lindon: Honestly, I wanted a starting point that could grab someone’s attention. Since it was my first time writing, I didn’t put too much thought into the starting point… I just began writing. However, I wanted Chapter 1 to end on a little cliffhanger because I wanted feedback to know if others were going to be interested. I know readers do not care for cliffhangers, but from my standpoint, it was big. I remember receiving emails from readers saying, “keep going” or “don’t stop writing” or “I need to know what happens next” and it pushed me to continue. So the starting point, or I guess chapter 1, was just a lucky spot to start and it paved the path for the story!
Comicality: From that first chapter, things begin to get a little tense as more of Lincoln’s backstory is revealed, and how he got tossed into a seriously bad situation. I like how you worked backwards to fill the audience in on what happened beforehand. Where do you draw your ideas from? When putting scenes, dialogue, and certain plot points together (Even the ideas with implied violence), what would you say is your process for building the story the way you did?
Lindon: Oh boy, lol! Umm, well first I’m glad you like the writing style and how the information from the story is presented! I wish I could say I had a big plan, but I just started writing. I wanted to see where it would take me, at least in the beginning. I now have some storylines I want to hit in the future if I continue to write the story, but back to the question. I want to keep the story as real as I can, which meant showing what abuse can do to a child. One of the other main points of the story is love. Yeah yeah it sounds a bit cheesy. However, I really wanted to show how a loving family or friend can pull people from the deepest and darkest parts of one’s life. To me, the best way to convey those messages are to show readers that something is impacting the boys’ life, moods, and attitudes. Then I want to tell readers what happened to cause the boys’ to act the way they are, but also show the impacts and how to attempt to recover (if they do recover or not). I don’t know if I made any sense or not, but hopefully, I did! Now, when I put a scene together, I begin writing until I feel I conveyed my message in that specific scene. Then, once I reread through the story, I will go in and add more dialogue or description, until the scene is perfect in my eyes.
Comicality: You seem to be pretty knowledgeable about the long lasting effects of abuse on a child. If you don’t mind me asking, have you had any personal experience with the subject matter, or maybe know someone who has?
Lindon: Well, I might as well spit it out in my first interview I guess… I tend to be a very reserved person and many that communicate with me weekly, do not know this. But yes, I was abused, and I am one of the characters in the story. Might not be a big surprise to some, but its something that isn’t very known, well until now. However, don’t ask who I am in the story because I won’t ever tell you which one! Now the abuse is highly exaggerated to make for a good read; nevertheless, I was abused. I also have done high amounts of research on abuse to make the story capture the effects and how to overcome it. Which like I have previously said, does not happen in a blink of an eye. I felt I needed to know what I was writing about to make the story successful, so between the combination of my experience and research… we have ‘Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected’.
Comicality: Now, I have to ask this…feel free to comment as much or as little as you like. When it comes to writing about such a controversial subject, meaning an adult/youth interaction, whatsoever…even in the most positive of ways, it can cause a knee jerk reaction from readers. Lord knows that I’ve been on the other side of that hammer, myself, in the past. Tell me…do you ever have any moments of doubt or hesitation when it comes to approaching any number of themes and situations in your work? Or do you just let it flow from your heart and tell the story the way you think it should be told?
Lindon: LOL! I knew some question was going to come from this and, to be honest, I don’t care now. At first, I felt pressured to add A/Y interaction into the story because of where it was first hosted and I thought I needed to include it. So, if anything, at the beginning when I first started writing, I cared more about what others opinions might be because I thought, for the story to generate a following and be successful, I would need to include A/Y interaction. Some readers (don’t know if they are still readers or not) have emailed me, insisting that I push the limits for more interaction if you know what I’m saying, but luckily those emails have stopped. However, to answer the question, I let it flow from the heart now for two reasons. One, I know I will never include a heavy A/Y interaction in my story that I feel pushes the limit. I say heavy because A/Y interaction has different meanings for others and can be interpreted differently, as I’m sure you know. Also, A/Y would absolutely ruin any relationship Garret has with the boys as any such action would destroy a relationship in real life. Two, it’s my story, and I will write the story how I want it to be written.
Comicality: Well said! I will admit to caving into the same pressure early on when I started writing, but like you, I realize that it’s not really a necessity anymore. I appreciate your focus on the drama and heart of the story. Do you feel, now, that people are listening? Maybe getting more out of your story than what they bargained for going in? Hopefully, you’re getting some good feedback.
Lindon: I do feel people are listening and I also think that those who were looking for more interaction, have stopped reading (probably for the best). Luckily, I’ve also received emails from readers saying, “thank you for not including sex” and “Its so nice to find a story with more than sex,” or general comments like that, which is reassuring. I’ve actually received more positive based emails than those negative ones which encourage more “interaction.” However, I do feel people are enjoying the story for what it is. It has a good plot (so I’ve heard lol), good characters, and covers heavy topics, which aren’t often discussed. When added up, it makes for a great story that doesn’t need sex because it already has so much going for it. Moreover, I do generate a lot of feedback and personal stories from my readers, and that is one thing that has caught me by surprise. Many readers feel comfortable sharing their experience with me, and I’m sure you get them as well. I’ve noticed that the more chapters I have produced, the more people open up and share with me. Unfortunately, I am not always the best person to open up to, because I’m not sure how to reply most times! However, I try my best, if that counts!
Comicality: What would you say is the most difficult part about writing a story like this as an author?
Lindon: Okay, so it’s not too challenging writing about the subject. I find it harder to take the time and sit down to write. For me, I know what I want to do and what I want to say, but the issues come when I need time to sit down and concentrate on writing, which is more difficult for me. I don’t know why either, I haven’t hit writer’s block or anything like that; its just the motivation needs to be there. Unfortunately, being motivated to write is the most difficult challenge to overcome. I have other stuff going on in my life, and writing the story has taken a back seat to a degree.
Comicality: I noticed that you split your chapters up into two to five parts with each new addition to the story, I thought that was an interesting choice, and was curious as to why you divided your chapters up that way. Can you give us any hints?
Lindon: LOL, a lot of people email and comment about those chapter dividers. When I first started writing 1 & 2, the chapters were much shorter than what the rest of the chapters are, and I didn’t ever include chapter dividers. I forget who, but someone suggested I break the days into parts, which I call chapter dividers now. I liked the idea, so I rolled with it and started to include them. They are honestly meant to be stopping points for those who cannot read or dislike to read long chapters. The other question I receive is, “Why not break the chapters into smaller chapters then?” I usually answer, it’s my story, and I will write it how I want it to be written. LOL, JK. I don’t break the chapter into smaller individual chapters because I like the feel of the longer chapters and the dividers add a uniqueness to the story!
Comicality: So, what’s next for you? Do you have any other stories in mind? What does the future hold for fans of the great Lindon Weztser?
Lindon: Yeah… the million dollar question. Or it seems like it to me. So, I am 20 and a Junior in College, which adds up to more stories from me, right? Nope… I am only writing ‘Lincoln, The Family I Never Expected’. The good news or maybe bad news, I am not sure how long the story will last, it could be a few months or years… I don’t know. It depends on how I feel and if I want to continue the story or not. But yes, I am only writing this one story because I don’t ever see myself writing another story as good as Lincoln. Although the main reason is I have a personal connection to the current story, and I don’t ever see myself writing another one that has the same deep level of connection that I have with Lincoln. That’s the biggest thing, at least for me. If I don’t feel the connection, it won’t be great. If it’s not great, then I won’t be satisfied with the story. So, you ask what’s in store for me… well, when I am finished with the story, I’m hanging my author coat up and moving away from writing. I guess you can call me a one hit wonder, lol. Heck, after I am finished, I might finally be able to read some stories people have suggested to me!
Comicality: Hehehe, well, hopefully the success of this series will inspire you to continue! But, if you choose to make this your one opus and leave it at that? Then I’m happy to say that the effort was worth it. You’ve got a fan in me, for certain!
Lindon: Lastly, thanks for the interview, Comicality. I appreciate you taking the time to read my story. I would also like to thank JeffsFort, for putting us in touch with one another. Thank you both for giving me the opportunity to do my first interview. If I could say one final thing to anyone trying to write a story… go for it. I did and it’s worked out pretty good so far. Write how you want your story to be written and don’t listen to those who try to persuade you to take a different route. Now, if you do happen to read my story, I would love to hear feedback, as most authors do. You can reach me at Lindon.Weztser90@gmail.com
Once again, thank you for the opportunity Comicality, its been fun getting to know you!
Comicality: The honor was all mine! Thanks for being a part of the Imagine family, dude! It was awesome getting to know you too! We’ll talk soon!
To everybody reading, be sure to check out Lindon’s story, and give him some feedback when you get a chance, k? He’s got the heart and the talent to be the next big name out there! So give him hugs, and a few extra from me! Enjoy!