The hardest part of being an author is doing justice to the stories my characters have entrusted me with. For their story belongs to them and to the readers – not to me. I have to make sure I get it right and that I treat it with the sensitivity and respect it deserves. It’s a tall order to fill and one that tends to stress me out quite a bit.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Violence Begets...?
In short, Violence Begets… is a coming of age story about two teens brought up in a world of violence and pain.
Rick St. James moves to a new city after his brother dies in a car accident and Rick’s dad and step mom blame Rick because he was driving when it happened. Kevin Vincent is the class bully and uses his good looks and violence to get what he wants from those around him.
The two start off on the wrong foot but when Kevin find’s out that Rick is getting hit by his dad, things start to change.
As they struggle to navigate a cruel and violent world, they wonder if they can really trust each other. And if they are able to depend on each other, that doesn’t necessarily mean outside forces don’t pose a threat.
What inspired you to write this book?
The heart of the book revolves around child abuse. The inspiration came back when I was in middle school and I discovered a classmate was being abused at home. It rocked my world because I didn’t understand how a parent could hurt their child. I wrote this book for that person and for every other child or adult who has been hurt at the hands of a loved one.
How many hours per day do you spend on writing?
I wish it was more but sadly writing comes after the full time job and the family. I’d say I only get in about 5 or so hours a week (on a good week). But I have committed to writing every day in November as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I don’t think I can hit the target 50,000 words but I’ll have more than I do now.
Name your top five favourite books.
My list of favorites changes often but over time I can say these 5 books probably influenced and inspired me in my writing choices more than any other.
The Phoenix by Ruth Sims
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Clockwork Angel Series by Cassandra Clare
Split by Swati Avasthi
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
What are you working on now?
I am about 60% done with the sequel to Violence Begets… In this book, Rick is a grown man and has moved to NY after cutting ties with his family. However, he finds out that his little brother is now being abused by his dad so he returns home to confront his dad and rescue his brother. There are a lot of demons he’s going to have to face in the process.
Title: Violence Begets
Author: PT Denys
Genre: YA LGBT Fiction
After a tragic accident devastates his family, 16-year-old Rick St. James starts his junior year of high school without any friends in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he meets Kevin Vincent, he’s too distracted by the promise of new friends to see that Kevin has secrets of his own.
Having created an environment where he’s feared and admired by his classmates, Kevin finds pleasure in using his good looks and violence to control and manipulate those around him. Secretly, he cruises the gay club scene, turning tricks to earn money so he can party and get high.
As Rick’s dad becomes increasingly violent and abusive at home, the two form a surprising and volatile trust. In this battle of wills, their precarious friendship will either keep their lives from blowing up around them or possibly light the fuse that will cause the explosion.
PT never imagined she’d actually publish a book. But, the story of Violence Begets… haunted her for over 20 years, and the lives of Kevin and Rick had to be shared.
In addition to writing a sequel, she divides her time between family, work, attending theater and reading.
Above all else she loves being a mother to 2 amazing daughters (a teenager and a baby).
PT believes that no one deserves to be intentionally hurt (physically or emotionally) by another. She also believes that behind nearly every bully is a story.
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