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What I can tell you about 'Horn-Horn, Cracked'

It’s nearly time, folks. The release of the sequel to Horn-Horn is nearly here. Well, I don’t like to call it a sequel, because it’s the second in what was always intended to be a series. This is why there are so many questions left up in the air in the first novel. And to call it a sequel also does a disservice to the main premise. Horn-Horn, Cracked is its own book. It owes nothing to its predecessor, while supporting the continuing mythology of the series without missing a beat.

When I first finished it, a few months ago, I sat back and had an array of emotions. ‘Oh, this is so depressing, how is anybody going to like it?’, ‘Oh, this is so moving, how could anybody not cry?’, ‘Oh, it’s not as adventurous and out-there as the first’… And believe me, there were a ton more thoughts ending in ‘not as such-and-such as the first’. But again, this sequel phantom should not be looming over it. I’m actually more proud, story-wise, of what I’ve come up with in the second book. My heart breaks for a few of the characters in particular.

And going in to the third book will be interesting, veeeeery interesting, if the epilogue is anything to go by.

One of my main concerns writing this second book was purely down to expectations. Would everybody expect twist after twist, just like in the first one? I never intended to be like M. Night Shyamalan and hand them out like candy; the plot just leant itself that way and I was very fortunate. There are, of course, some crazy twists in H-H, C… but they’re less for “wow!” factor and more for “oh… wow…” factor (once you read it, this may make more sense).

Despite all my nerves, any the fans with their rabid expectations, I am really proud of how different and unique Horn-Horn, Cracked has turned out to be. It will be interesting to see what people think of it, as the town of Two Horn continues to develop.

So what CAN I tell you about Horn-Horn, Cracked? Well, like everything, there is a double (or maybe triple) meaning to that title. In fact, by my count, there’s at least four different factors you can take from that one word. Cracked. Think about it. But don’t worry. You could never figure it out on your own.

I can tell you that the villain in this is a very interesting character. In some ways, much more complex than the previous one.

I can’t tell you when this book will be released. It won’t be long, though.

Per some RIDICULOUS requests, Brendan Gellar features more prominently, and helps lead into more personal ground covered in book #3.

Gregory Cooper has a girlfriend, and it ain’t Cassie.

There are a world of references to the 1950’s. Catch all of them if you can!

Other than that, I can’t tell you much more. I just hope you all enjoy the ride when it comes!

All the best,

- A. D. T.

The 'OTHER EARTH' details of Horn-Horn

The town of Horn-Horn is located on a planet almost identical to our Earth. It began the same, but as the continents separated and shifted about the globe, on their planet they went their different ways. Therefore the map of Earth in Horn-Horn’s schools is very different.

However…

There are MANY similarities, and this is where things get complicated/interesting. Too many people have critiqued my work, stating them as flaws, but they are simply additions for the keen eye.

  1. The country that Horn-Horn is a part of is not the United States. It is, in fact, a mixture of the US, the United Kingdom, and Australia. That is why you will find many similarities between those three countries. The traditional way of spelling things, cheerleaders, UK landmarks in rather odd places, and most surprising… Salem, Massachusetts is on the west coast of this country, instead of the east coast.

  2. Prejudices are still there on the other Earth, but different. Not so much racism (although there is some), and the term homophobia has really not even been coined.

  3. Technology differs. In some cases, they are far ahead of us. Such as being able to stream television from wifi instead of through airwaves. Cellular phones are commonplace.

  4. Their history is different to ours. Many things, such as celebrities, movies, music and so forth still remain exactly the same over there, but then so much is missing, or changed. For instance, the French Revolution happened a decade earlier on this planet. Avril Lavigne debuts in 2001 instead of 2002. September 11 never happened.

  5. Despite the different continents, some countries still exist in their full capacity. France, Italy, New Zealand… But others are now a collective part of a continent. The name of the continents will never be revealed in the series.

If you’re smart enough to pick up on the clues throughout the Horn-Horn novels, it’s a fun little addition to a very complicated world.

Flu season

I’m knee-deep in snot. That’s pretty gross, I know, and I shouldn’t advertise it. But it’s the truth. One of the things that my little town suffers from during this peak Autumn season is a major influx of tourists, all of whom I’m sure bring with them a vast array of different germs from across the globe. So thank you, travelling strangers!

As a writer, though, it’s given me a bit more down time to focus on the editing process. And while that’s all well and good, I’ve also randomly scoped through the first book in my Horn-Horn series, and… low and behold… I’ve found a spelling error.

Now keep this in mind:

I edited that damn book for five years straight before getting it published. I went over it with a fine-tooth comb. To discover a spelling mistake after re-reading the whole thing eight billion times astounds me, and it’s given me a new outlook on the matter. Whenever I spot a mistake in books, I turn my nose up at them.

I guess I shouldn’t!

Hello, world

Well, despite the fact I’m a writer, I’ve never quite understood the appeal of blogging. Nobody’s interested in my day-to-day life, surely? I’m not that interesting. Besides, that’s what Instagram is for! But due to the ever-mounting suggestions, I’ve decided to dive head first. So here we are.

With a little bit of luck and time, you’ll find the strange inner-workings of my mind here.

So what am I doing today? Well, it’s 9am and I’m sitting in the living room with my laptop, trackies on, trying to warm up (it’s about ten degrees). Stressing greatly about what the heck I’m supposed to write about here. They say in the articles not to ramble, but I feel that is like telling a blind man on a boat to see the wave coming.

Horn-Horn, Cracked is taking up most of my time. I accidentally spent eight hours yesterday editing it. I’m still not comfortable deciding on a release date yet, but when I do make it public knowledge it will likely only be a few weeks away.

Keep checking here for updates, and until next time…

- A.D. T.