The Life of Q
Please do not read the following unless you have already read A Boy Called Q as it contains spoilers. This post is about the sequel, The Life of Q …OUT NOW
So, you read A Boy Called Q and now you want to kill me for what happened to Q. Don’t despair. There’s some good news. In fact, you’ll be very surprised with how the story really turned out. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Not another author that strings another story into two books! Well, no. That’s not what this is about. I’ll explain in a moment why this is happening but I can assure you, it was the responses that have forced me to create the sequel. Nobody liked what happened to Q and that’s why I decided to start writing, The Life of Q. In fact, I have been amazed at the emails and reviews, general feedback on A Boy Called Q. It’s a free book that’s only 20 pages but apparently, it’s very intense and captivating. Try it out.
First, let’s see some comments about Q and what he went through. I already know from the beta readers – who were amazing with their feedback – that the ending was a tear-jerker. They helped me to refine the story so much so, that I almost feel that it was a collaborative effort. Without those people, the story wouldn’t have been as great and helped to build the life of Q in such a short period of time.
Q even had an impact on me. I first wrote this story in March 2016 while I was in Barcelona staying with a friend. I came back to Florence and quickly wrote the story down. When I wrote it, I pictured a guy that I went to school with. He commited suicide when he was 16. I remember seeing his older brother always looking so sad and refusing to talk about it. I later heard that my friend from school was gay, or at least he thought he might be. The rumour mill at school had been big and the story quickly evolved into a realisation that our dear young friend, may have commited suicide rather than face the turbulence of coming out. We were distraught; not just because he was a beautiful looking guy, but because he was an intelligent guy and was probably one of those people who would have done great things in his life. A life that ended so abruptly at 16. It stuck with me for a lifetime.
So when I first wrote Q – and because I did so as an adult – I grieved for my school-friend with adult feelings for the very first time. When I wrote Q, I cried. When I edited Q, I cried again. When I changed the ending and edited and added Jackie, I cried. By the time the book went to the beta readers, I was a mess. I put the book on pre sale at Amazon and Smashwords and I made it free. I did this, because I want everyone to read the story. One day, nobody will end their lives because of their sexual preferences and if I can help towards that, then that’s what it was all for.
Unfortunately, Q has been in my head since I published the book. I can’t get past what happened to him. In real life, this is what happened to my friend. But this is a book, a book that I have control over. Then it hit me…and I wondered…did Q…really…die.
And if he didn’t, could his life carry on without sounding like an episode of Days of our Lives?
The Life of Q. I loved writing and it’s available right now. Please, take a few seconds to jump on Amazon and write a review about what you thought of the A Boy Called Q book. Too few people review books. You can follow me on Goodreads or Amazon or Social Media or even here to see if there’s going to be another Q book coming…
Thanks for tuning in and I hope you enjoyed Q’s world.