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Purple Mike

Purple Mike is a literary taste of the forbidden fruit and false promises of drugs - a taboo journey into the ins and outs of getting high. For teens, teachers, addiction professionals, drug addicts, persons in recovery and avid readers, Purple Mike is a story about drugs and drug addiction in pulp. Recently AE connected with the book’s Halifax-based author Sindy Mils.

What inspired you to write this story?
The story chose me instead of the other way around. The inspiration to write Purple Mike stemmed from a general lack of awareness on the subject.  School programs are insufficient in dealing with the subject matter. Parents have an inability to address the subject appropriately with their teenagers. And, there seems to be a fear or taboo on generally speaking openly about the subject from adults. Meanwhile, kids learn from their peers and often adopt a gross lack of perception about the risks.

Where did the characters come from?
Characters came from many years of research coupled with a grandiose imagination. The individual personalities of each character reflect each drug character’s side effects.

Did the book come together quickly or did you really need to work at it?
The idea came quickly. Putting the idea into a book took considerably longer.

What was the most challenging aspect of the process?
Finding a publisher.

What was the most rewarding part of the experience?
Holding the finished tangible book in my hands was the most rewarding aspect of the writing process. It was no longer a figment of my imagination that lived and took space in my head.

What did you learn during the process?
Everything – from human nature, analysis, perception... It vastly improved my communications skills.

How did you feel when the book was completed?
Satisfaction. Completion. The story is ready for the world.

What has the response been like so far from those that have read it?
Those who have read it often describe it as `brilliant`, a work of `creative genius` and a vital literary work for today. Ironically, I have had a stronger response from those who have NOT read it based on the subject matter and their individual perceptions on the topic.

What's next on your creative agenda?
I’ve started a new work of unrelated fiction.

What made you want to be a writer?

One day, I finally succumbed to that ‘inside voice’ and let the writer out.

What makes a good book?
A good book, to me, is timeless. It has strong characters, a compelling writing style, a good storyline and original narrative that imparts a new perspective on life and knowledge. If it doesn’t have all of those elements, it’s not a book worthy of the book shelf.

What are your thoughts on Canadian literature today?
Canadian literature...all literature, really, to me is a lot like (TV) channel surfing...every once in awhile you find a gem amidst all the mindless crap and reruns that pass as entertainment content.

What are your thoughts on the YA genre in general?
...not another Vampire story!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
If you believe in your story, keep on.

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