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Title: Remember my Name
Author: Chase Potter
Publisher: Self Published
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction
Every action can have devastating consequences. For Jackson Roanoke, the greatest consequence of his parents’ divorce was watching his mother drive away with his twin brother Ben, putting thousands of miles between them.
Eight years later, the coming months of a Midwest summer before college hold a thrilling opportunity for Jackson. When an offer from a young man to help him reroof his dad’s house turns into a budding friendship, Jackson is caught up in an attraction he’s hesitant to embrace.
But everything changes the day Ben reappears at the front door. Brought together by circumstance, the estranged brothers are forced to navigate a relationship that persists only in their memories. Marked by the heat of summer and rolling wheat fields, the short months are punctuated by scattered moments of closeness between the two brothers, hinting at the possibility of rekindling the connection they once shared.
Finding Authenticity in Fiction:
To what extent is fiction a reflection of an author’s life and experiences?
It’s a polarizing question that will get a wildly different answer for every writer you ask. At the beginning of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green writes, “This book is a work of fiction. I made it up. Neither novels nor their readers benefit from attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.”
It’s a rather ominous warning, especially considering that the story was inspired by – and dedicated to – a young friend of his who passed away from thyroid cancer before she turned seventeen. Ironically, a principal conflict in the novel is that the characters are searching for the author of book about a girl who was dying from cancer, so that they can ask him if it was based on a real story (which it was.)
As an author that draws heavily on personal experiences to create my stories, it surprised me not only that Green would be so opposed to the perception that fiction isn’t always purely fiction, but that he would do it in such a contradictory fashion. It made me question whether I was going about it all wrong. But it also made me realize that, wrong or not, weaving my own experiences into my books is the way I write and the only way I want to write.
I like to think that my stories feel authentic and real, and that the reason they do is because they’re filled with reality. In Remember My Name, if you can feel the terror of sliding down a roof in a thunderstorm, or the taste of a summer wind rolling over a wheat field, or burn with the humiliation of telling a partner to stop and they don’t, it’s because these experiences are my own.
And beyond the big stuff – the things that make you smile or cringe or maybe even cry while you’re reading a book – are hundreds of tiny moments that not only make a story feel real, but let you know that it is. As Dan Millman writes in The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, “There are no ordinary moments.”
I like when slush splashes out from under my shoes in the spring, and I can’t stand the burn in my nose when I burp while drinking a beer, and I miss the rush of wind through my hair when riding a motorcycle without a helmet. From the mundane to the memorable, I love using my books to share my own experiences, and unlike John Green, I don’t mind if readers know it.
Chase Potter has kindly offered $10 All Romance eBooks OmniBucks to 1 Lucky Commenter
Locally held contests will end 7 days from original posting date at 8pm CST. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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