Blog Tour Guest Post: If you go Down to the Woods by @SethCAdams @KillerReads



We were so young when it all happened. Just 13-years-old, making the most of the long, hot, lazy days of summer, thinking we had the world at our feet. That was us – me, Fat Bobby, Jim and Tara – the four members of the Outsiders’ Club.

The day we found a burnt-out car in the woods was the day everything changed. Cold, hard cash in the front seat and a body in the trunk… it started out as a mystery we were desperate to solve.

Then, the Collector arrived. He knew we had found his secret. And suddenly, our summer of innocence turned into the stuff of nightmares.

Nothing would ever be the same again…

Guest Post by Seth C Adams:

On Being a Working Class Stiff, Dogs, and Other True Things


Seth C. Adams

'Writing what you know' happens to be one of those clichés that is good, sound advice that every writer should follow. I grew up in a working class family, learning traditional working class values of honesty, integrity, and pride in hard work done well. I grew up with dogs nearly ever present in my life, and have continued that trend into adulthood. And with a consistent circle of friends through my formative primary school years, I was blessed to discover the meaning of loyalty at an early age.

So that's what I sat down to write about when I wrote If You Go Down to the Woods. In the back of mind were the old dog-and-boy classics everyone reads in American grade school: the likes of Old Yeller, Big Red, and Where the Red Fern Grows. Also rattling around up there in my skull were the modern coming-of-age genre classics like Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, Stephen King's It and the short story "The Body", and Robert McCammon's Boy's Life. And of course there were my own memories of my childhood, and the friends and family I shared it with. 

If You Go Down to the Woods might fairly be described as autobiographical in spirit, if not in the fine details. I've never stumbled upon dead bodies in the woods or had to fight off mob bosses; but like every child of a working class family, I knew the difficulties and realities of life by the sweat of my parents' brow. I've never stolen millions of dollars; but I've known the temptation and allure of money, how those green folds of paper represented another life, another world, that I, my parents, and siblings most likely would never experience. And though my dogs never chased off bullies or serial killers, I most certainly knew—and know—the natural miracle that is the dog; how those four-legged, furry creatures display those virtues naturally that we as humans have to struggle to achieve: selflessness, unconditional love, and devotion. 

'Writing what you know' is about writing from the heart as much as writing from the mind. As well as respecting the English language, and tailoring words and sentences with something approaching craftsmanship, the writer should also open their hearts to all those emotions that disturb and unsettle us: fear, mortality, uncertainty. Because it's in those things that we find life, and it's in life that you will find the stories most worth telling.

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