IndieWritersReview Welcomes WAX by Phil Duncan! ( Guest Post and Review)


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Hello everyone I am happy to welcome Author Phil Duncan and his release Wax to IndieWritersReview! Below I share the books deets, a very cool guest post from the author and my thoughts about the book, so read on:O)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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About Phil Duncan

Phil Duncan is the author of Wax, a young-adult novel published by RainTown Press, as well as of various short fiction published both in print and online.

Phil is a graduate of Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the University of Washington’s English program. He is a former Jacob K. Javits Fellow and recently served as a Creator-in-Residence at the Tokyo Wonder Site-Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. He currently lives in Portland, OR. 

Visit www.philduncanwrites.com for more information and please view the book trailer.

For press inquiries and review copies please contact:

Darlene Chan dchanwork@gmail.com, 323.839.2788

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YA Fiction

Available in print (hardcover) and digital (Kindle and epub)

Publisher:RainTown Press

Print Length: 272 pages

ISBN:0984050043

Publication date: October 11, 2012

Yancey Muncey is dead. Or, he was. Raised from the grave by the shadowy figure of Dr. Blankenship, Yancey is now back in high school, hanging out with his best friend, and working up the nerve to ask the girl of his dreams to the upcoming Halloween carnival.

But not everything is the same as it was before: Yancey’s eyes are yellow, his skin is blue, and he’s indestructible. As if that weren’t bad enough, Dr. Blankenship has made it his life’s mission to hunt Yancey down. Because the only reason Yancey is alive again is to help the good doctor destroy his rival.

An average boy with a new lease on an extraordinary life, Yancey must battle high-trained security and high school bullies in his quest to get back to normal. What’s the worst that can happen after all? He’s already dead.

GUEST POST

 

By Phil Duncan

 

Wax began as a failed screenplay that was eventually abandoned and forgotten in a desk drawer as I moved to other projects. But, unlike other discarded projects, this idea wouldn’t leave me alone. The story, buried as it was and hidden from sight, stayed in mind and continued to develop itself. Characters turned into storylines, storylines intersected and transformed into arcs, and — without putting much active thought into it — the story had basically written itself in my mind.

What drew me to this story (and what caused it to harass me so mercilessly until I wrote it) was the idea of taking the clichéd story of Frankenstein and rediscovering its roots, of going back to Shelley’s original misunderstood monster and reimagining him for a younger generation. I liked the idea of a boy-turned-monster and how he would interact with his family, friends, and classmates. I liked the idea of getting a literal second chance at life.

I wrote the first draft of Wax quickly. I had just moved to a new city, and without a job or many friends, I had a huge amount of time to write. And that’s what I did for about three months straight. I took the story in my head and put it down on the page; never stopping to worry about errors, mistakes, misspellings, inane sentences, terrible dialogue, corny jokes, or purple prose. I just typed and eventually documented the book in its sloppy, nearly unreadable first form.

From there, a new job started to limit the amount of my daily creative time. So my evenings and weekends were now committed to reading, re-reading, writing, and re-writing the story until it gained some semblance to a finished story. With Wax, the story wouldn’t allow me to quit early during the revision process — I felt like I owed it more — which ultimately led to over 20 drafts of the manuscript before I even considered submitting it for publication.

This newfound appreciation for revision would only become stronger after the book was accepted to be published and entered into a new, yearlong round of revisions that — with the help of a skilled editor — transformed the project into the finished book it is today. 

Phil Duncan is the author of Wax, a young-adult novel published by RainTown Press, as well as of various short fiction published both in print and online. 

Phil is a graduate of Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the University of Washington’s English program. He is a former Jacob K. Javits Fellow and recently served as a Creator-in-Residence at the Tokyo Wonder Site-Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. He currently lives in Portland, OR.

 

REVIEW

Fun, Fun, Fun! That was my first impression of Wax! The story hooked me from the beginning and it was a funny, (at times wacky) ride to the end:) The story is a fresh look at Shelley’s Frankenstein! Yancey Muncey is a normal teen, with the familiar teen issues…not too fond of school, problems with siblings and parents and that one girl that haunts his dreams, but he has no chance with when awake! Also add in the not so normal element he dies, and is brought back (by an evil scientist no less…) for the specific purpose of being used for vengeance. But with this second chance Yancey doesn’t want to spend it handling the dirty details of the scientist, but making a difference in this…After-life:)

So while juggling the fact he is now dead,and on the run from his creator, he attempts to have more of a life then he ever did when alive…maybe even getting the girl of his dreams???:)

Phil Duncan created a wonderful, fun tale, that was well-written, well plotted and well paced. Never did it drone on and on causing my attention to lag. I was always interested or entertained by Yancey and his adventures:) I really enjoyed this quirky read and look forward to more works from this author!

Must Read for those that enjoy Young Adult, Paranormal, and a story that lot’s of fun:)

 

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