Sunday, 8 December 2013

Fix by Force

I know we all want happy or funny or a nice mystery novel on Sunday. Nothing too thought provoking or anything like that and most of the time I try to deliver just that but I recently came across a novel that touched my heart and soul and NO, it's not about rainbows and ponies and butterflies but it's one hell of a story of one hell of a character written by one hell of a writer.

Author Bio:
With his debut novel, Fix by Force, Jason Warne hopes to entertain and inspire readers. Drawn from personal experiences, including personal struggles with steroid abuse, this fast-faced story about self-image, relationships, choices, and sources of hope, aims to speak most loudly to readers who are seeking authentic and relatable characters. Warne lives in Kalamazoo, MI. 

Book Information
Fix by Force
by, Jason Warne
ñ ISBN-10: 1449739385
ñ ISBN-13: 978-1449739386
Young Adult Fiction
Paperback, nook, kindle, kobo, pdf, etc

Spencer doesn't have a choice.
He can't choose to be different than what he is-the son of the town's worst enemy, the weakling who can't stand up for himself, the loser without friends.
He can't change the way things are.
Or maybe he can.
Immediate confidence.
Rapid change.
Instant hope.
These are the things Spencer believes he needs to fix his life, and that is what the steroids promise-a quick fix. But promises can be broken and shortcuts are often treacherous, and Spencer must decide if those risks are worth the perceived rewards-if "artificial" hope is strong enough for him to be fixed, by force.
Jason Warne

New YA Novel Tackles Steroid Abuse, Bullying

Author Jason Warne paints a realistic portrait of a teen's struggles with self-image

TYLER, Texas – In his new book, Fix by Force, debut author Jason Warne introduces readers to a young man who must decide if the risks he takes in attempt to fix his life are worth the possible consequences.
Faced with persistent bullies, a turbulent relationship with his family, and a fading self-image, Spencer finally decides that he doesn’t want to be seen as a loser any longer. He vows to make a change – ignoring the dangers of his choices.
But Spencer – a child of a generation fixated on immediate gratification – is willing to do anything necessary to get immediate results. Now he is faced with the tough choice of risking his health and relationships for the assurance of an artificial and temporary solution. Fix by Force tells the story of Spencer’s self-image, the choices he makes and the hope he has for the future.
Fix by Force doesn’t come without an important message. “Steroid use/abuse has been a timely topic for many years,” explains Warne, “and will continue to be, as more young people make the dangerous choice to turn to these chemicals, not only for athletic purposes, but for self-image reasons.”
He goes to explain how his book addresses one of the most pertinent and important issues facing teens today, saying, “Bullying is one of the most relevant topics in our society today, as some unfortunate cases of bullying receive worldwide attention because of its impact, and Fix by Force explores a rather severe history of bullying among characters, and illustrates the damage that it can do to young people.”
Author Interview with Jason Warne
1) Do you believe that writing is about "Inspiration and not perspiration"?
Yes, I certainly believe that the kind of writing that most strive for requires inspiration from experience, creative sources, and others in our lives. For me, I was initially "inspired" to write  Fix by Force for a group of alternative education high school students I was teaching. My aim was to engage my students in some reading and discussion that was more pertinent to their lives than most of our other literature, so I'd write a chapter or two each week and would read together with the class, then discuss, keeping the story's author a secret to insure honest feedback and engagement.

2) Which force drives you, motivates you to push yourself harder and farther?
My readers. Or rather, ANYONE who chooses to read anything I've written. They are my only true motivation, as, I write to be read, to affect and impact. 
3) Is writing your goal, passion or just a hobby?
All three! But my goal and passion most of all. While I enjoy writing as a hobby, the finer aspects of it, such as editing, are not all that appealing to me. But the thought of others reading and being positively affected and impacted by my writing makes me enjoy it more than any other hobby, goal, or passion!
4) What are your best and worst experiences in Publication Industry? 

My best experience would be in being able to receive feedback from readers after publication. Finally having my book out there and reaching readers I could've never reached without "publication" was a great feeling that continues to this day. At times, I did struggle with the difficulty in even finding willing readers in the industry. I suppose I knew about the log-jam of submissions prior to attempting to publish, but the swift, impersonal rejections that often came mere seconds after the submission was difficult to handle at times.

5) Who is your ultimate guide?

Well, my guide for writing is emotion. I try my hardest to allow my emotions to drive the kind of open, honest writing I prefer to write and share with others, hoping it'll find a way to positively impact at least one reader. 

6) Do you believe that every writer needs a "Day Job"?
I suppose there are several very successful writers out there that do write as a day job, but I have to work another day job myself, and that's just fine with me! Now, I would love to make a living as a "full-time" writer, of course, but I supposed my readers have more to say about that than I can! ;)

SO, what the hell do I think?

Rating: 3.5/5

 Contrary to common beliefs, bullying doesn't only happen in high school and college. I have seen a girl in 6th grade bullying a young 6 year old boy. I have seen 60 year old men bullying interns in their offices. There are parents out their who abuses their children. 

Quoting the lyrics of Numb by Linkin Park

"And I know

I may end up failing too.

But I know

You were just like me with someone disappointed in you. "

Spencer is an abused and bullied child. His father "Alcoholic Vampire" who sucked Spencer's mother's life by his negativity. In turn she verbally and physically abuses him. He died in an accident and killed Zach's (who is Spencer's classmate) mother. Since then Zach bullies Spencer.

 Even though the writing was good except few grammatical errors, I got a sense of victim blaming theory. The idea kinda screwed the book for me. Sure the bullies are also going through their problems but that doesn't give them a right to abuse someone else. No matter how much we try to "understand", the ugly truth is Spencer was a weak target hence they bullied him. Simple as that.

The story also deals with the issues of drug abuse and for the most part I found it very touching. My heart wept for Spencer and I just wanted to go inside the book and save him but I can't do that and so can't you. But what we can do is look around us. Not cover our ears with headphones or drown in PSP or Mobile or iPad but look at the people around us. See if they are in pain and try to help them. I know people find it more tempting to build make-believe towns and plan non-existing wars and dodge trains on surfboards while running away from a police officer for making graffiti in some game. But this is life, there are real people with real problems around us and these people need us and we need them.

Have a beautiful weekend Novel-Worms and let's make this world a little sweeter place to live in.
Arushi Raj 

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