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Loud And Clear
Jaxon is getting by fine, severe dyslexia or not. Being a cab driver means he doesn’t need to read much, and the job has its perks. The pay isn’t bad, the people can be interesting, and having memorized the city streets keeps him from feeling too stupid.
When he picks up Caleb, a quiet fare in a nice suit, Jaxon doesn't think anything of it. Then he ends up driving Caleb home the next week too, and the next, and the next. Eventually Caleb tries to communicate—by writing things down. Turns out that Caleb has such a bad stutter he spends most of his time mute.
If only Jaxon had an easier time reading what Caleb had to say. But he’s interested in trying, and Caleb seems interested back. They discover that, with a little bit of effort, it isn’t so hard to make themselves understood. Especially when what’s growing between them is definitely worth talking about.
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In the interests of total honesty, I told my sibling that I was going to do a blog tour and, as you do, asked for ideas. They immediately said that I should talk about cake, because I could definitely write five hundred words on the subject. Or about food in general. I believe their exact words were, “you could write about how much you like to look at food!” Green, this is for you.
...And yes, okay, it’s true, I enjoy food a lot. Delicious food is the best. Well-displayed food is similarly the best. Delicious food that also looks good probably ranks pretty high up there as one of my favorite things in the universe. I have no idea why. I think it might be because it can be such a total experience. You get to look at something amazing, and then you get to eat it and enjoy it another way. I couldn’t tell you why, but just watching food being prepared well, or in an interesting manner, really catches my attention. Please don’t ask about my love of certain cooking and baking shows, I could go on for… a while.
Writing is also up there as something that is a Favorite. And really, I think it’s for the same reason I love food so much; writing is a total experience. You’re surrounded by it, by your characters, your plot, your conflict, and everything has to work and fit together to make it all good. And it can be complicated and hard and messy but then there’s that moment when you type out a sentence and you know that it was the Last Sentence, that everything has settled.
And maybe you have to go back and add some stuff in, clean up the edges, prod and pull to get it exactly right, but that’s part of the process too.
A good story, like a good piece of pastry (cake in particular for me, because yes, I do very much enjoy cake), makes me feel complete after consumption. I sit back with a happy little sigh and really revel in what I’ve just had. It’s such a content, full feeling, and I’m usually smiling at the end. Maybe a little sad because I finished, but very happy and grateful for what I got to have.
It is my ultimate wish that no matter what, my stories leave behind these same feelings to those who read them. I’m always learning and growing as a writer, but my overall goal is just to make other people happy with what I’ve made. Certainly wouldn’t mind sharing a slice of cake either.
Meet the author:
Aidan Wayne is a big believer in character-driven stories with happy endings. This is not to say that stories can’t contain a little (or a lot) of grief, just that at the end of it all expect there to be bandages and hugs. They particularly like to write about minority characters because damn it, they deserve happy endings too.
When not writing, Aidan enjoys practicing aerial, martial arts, and ASL, and watching reality cooking shows. They are probably in the middle of twelve projects as you read this.
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To celebrate the release of Loud and Clear, Aidan is giving away $15 in Riptide credit. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 28, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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