Thane has generously given me the honor of writing the first blog post for his website. Based on his prompt, I am supposed to write about my experience as an editor, how I first got involved with Thanes writing, and my experience in the projects we have been working on so far and soon to come. Honestly, this is a tough post because there really is not much to say. I admittedly have no formal editorial training outside of my schooling and education. This makes my experiences as an editor very limited. Actually, the only person I have edited a book for is the man himself, Thane Hounchell.
I first got involved in Thanes writing when he was working on “As Skies Became Crimson” last year. It was around November that he got ahold of me and asked if I would be willing to read over a book that he was working on. Little did I know what I was getting myself in to. After reading the first chapter I was very intrigued by the characters and imagery of the book. The book was darkly comical and reminded me of similar writing styles by Chuck Palahniuk or Hunter S. Thompson. However, as intrigued as I was by the direction and potential of the overall theme and point-of-view, I was equally appalled by Thanes blatant grammatical errors…trust me he has gotten a lot better since. Luckily enough, I had just finished my finals for the semester and had plenty of time to rip Thane a new one for all the errors in his book. It took about two weeks of back and forth between the two of us until we were able to turn Thanes intriguing potential into a well thought and rounded book. This lead into the symbiotic writing relationship that we have today, with the potential for many great books to come.
After finishing “As Skies Became Crimson,” Thane decided to start another book, the soon to come “Anxious Hearts.” After reading the first chapter I came to two conclusions. First, Thanes grammar was getting a lot better (thankfully). Second, Thane had a real knack for diving into his characters personalities and overall development. It was during this time that I had an idea for a book of my own. An idea which I shared with Thane and asked if he would write it with me. We are currently doing some research for this book, but should be starting to lay the groundwork very soon. Looking back, I am very glad that Thane contacted me about his first book, and I think that our writing relationship will continue to blossom over the years to come.
So there is my response to Thanes prompt. I do not have much more to add but there is one point that I would like to discuss. This website was created to not only share our up and coming works, but to encourage active discussion and participation from readers, other authors, and friends. The topic does not have to be about books, it could be about life, thoughts, philosophy, comedy, etc. But I encourage people to use this site to share ideas and spur discussion. I look forward to posting more in the future, and reading some of our visitors posts as well.
Wishing you the very best,