Shady Gray's family is dysfunctional to say the least. When his sister gets pregnant their father kicks her out of the house. When his mother takes her resentment into another man's arms, Shady's father starts a fight. When Shady's mother fights back, she kills his father out of self-defense. But is it really self-defense?
Shady Gray wants nothing more than to fit into the world. He questions life, God and everything in between on a number of occasions. Everything in Shady's life is a disappointment. That is until he meets Jessica, a physically scarred girl who teaches Shady how to enjoy life. With Jessica's help, Shady realizes that instead of fitting into the world, he is destined to stand out.
The Extraordinary Life of Shady Gray is a fictional young adult/coming of age story.
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Do events from your past play a role in your fiction?
Absolutely. The new novel, "The Extraordinary Life of Shady Gray," is a fictional biography where a lot of past events in my real life appear as events in the main characters' lives. The main story line is fiction but many of the characteristics seen in Shady Gray and Jessica Mane are what actually happened to me as a child.
Do you try to put messages and morals into your stories, or do you write simply to entertain the reader?
I write for entertainment. If something positive comes out it's because the reader interpreted it that way or took away from the story more so than what I intended.
I'm interested in hearing about your YA novel, The Extraordinary Life Of Shady Gray. Can you tell us a little about it?
It is the classic sister gets pregnant, father kicks out sister, mother resents father, mother kills father, brother runs away from home to get away from his dysfunctional family, story. The main story, though, is about a know-it-all kid who doesn't fit in because he is destined to stand out. This novel will touch on all emotions. It will make you cry, angry, happy and everything in between.
Did you encounter any challenges while writing The Extraordinary Life Of Shady Gray? If so, how did you get past them?
This novel I really had to be in the right mood. Some of the events were very personal so that was a challenge when I only had an hour or so a day to allocate to the story. When I was trying to engage myself as young Jason Tanamor it was often difficult to get back in that frame of mind or recall specific emotions that surrounded that experience. To finish the story I finally committed time each day to write. Overall, I am pleased with the outcome and hope others will be as well.
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Jason Tanamor is the Editor and Founder of Zoiks! Online. Zoiks! Online offers the best in stand-up comedy and music. He has 10 plus years of experience as an entertainment writer/interviewer for Yahoo!, the Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus, Cinema Blend, Celebrity Cafe, Strip Las Vegas Magazine, Pulse Magazine and Zoiks! Online. Tanamor has interviewed the likes of author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club); comedians Demetri Martin, Jim Breuer (SNL, Half Baked), Aisha Tyler (Talk Soup, The Ghost Whisperer), Hal Sparks and Gabriel Iglesias; musicians Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Ann Wilson (Heart), Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless and Gossip Girl), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Henry Rollins (Black Flag); and actor Oscar Nunez (The Office). He has covered everyone from Steve Martin to Jerry Seinfeld and from Evanescence to President Obama, and was THIS close to interviewing TV legend Betty White until someone who rhymes with smublicist put the kibosh down. He also is the author of the novels Hello Lesbian! and Anonymous. Tanamor is married, has a son, and lives and works in Illinois.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP87758107