Wow our Sixth installment of Behind the Words! Today we talk about “The Boy Between Worlds,” which turned out to be my first Gloaming Gap story.
Where did the idea come from?
I had originally started working on The Boy Between Worlds before I had ever even talked to Jeff about Gloaming Gap. Originally the story was going to be about a boy who suffered from Sleep Paraylsis. As someone who suffers from it personally I had wanted to write a piece that explains the tramia of Sleep Paraylsis on tween aged children.
Obviously that’s not where the story went. Once I started putting words to the page I knew it wasn’t going to follow the intended path. I had written about three paragraphs before I meet Jeff and was introduced to the world of Gloaming Gap.
When Jeff told me about this weird little town I feel in love with the idea of writing for it. That was when the idea of Timmy’s story exploded in my head like a deepth charge searching for a Nazi sumbermine.
About half way through writing the story I knew it was going to be two stories told from Timmy and Chance’s perspectives. 2400 words later I had a the first vampire story.
2400 words? that’s not flash fiction!?
Yeah this was also my first introduction to massive editing. Jeff sent me very polite email explaining that Gloaming Gap stories were generally always flash fiction near 1500 words. OH CRAP. I spent the next two nights cutting as much as I could from the story. Taking out nearly 700+ words. Jeff was gracious enough to roll with the story even though the length was still far longer then most stories on the site.
Timmy, Tamra, and Paul where did the characters come?
There is a little secret here. When I started fleshing out the friendship between these three I drew from my High School days with my best friends, Jason Paul Kurinko, and Kirsten Tamara Deeds (Malkowski) Timmy was the name of one of my invisable friends when I was a little kid.
To this day “Boy Between Worlds” is one of my favorite stories I’ve written. I think there is so much more to this story that I may have to work on someday…