The Injection by DL Jones & Devante Cresh Genre: Psychological Medical Thriller
The only thing to save two old friends from death may also be what kills them.
Mr. Peters is a successful business owner. Other than dealing with a recent rash of break-ins, he lives a very satisfying life. That was until a childhood friend and brilliant scientist paid him a visit.
While the two friends had a troubled past, not speaking for ten years, the reunion was a happy one. That happiness quickly took a wrong turn as their lives are threatened.
Now held captive, the use of an experimental drug was the only option. A top-secret drug that enhanced a person’s will and physicality is the only thing giving them a fighting chance.
However, there are deadly side effects. Along with enhanced abilities comes a decrease in mental stability. Moreover, there is more to the kidnappings than first thought.
Will the two childhood friends maintain their sanity long enough to survive?
DL Jones is a Writer, IT Professional and Tech Enthusiast.
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DL Jones was born in Brooklyn NY, grew up in Newport News VA and has spent the last 8 years in Charlotte NC. He has served time in the US Army and works as an IT Professional. His first love has always been tech, well computers and the web specifically, which has led to a lot of writing. He has had several websites/blogs and podcast over the years.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I was born in Brooklyn NY. I lived in Brooklyn then Queens (Queens village). When I was in around the 7th-8th grade, My family moved to Newport News Virginia. About 10 years ago I moved to Charlotte NC. My first memory of writing was when I was in, I’m guessing 6th grade, My family still lived in NY at the time. The school I went too had a class period after lunch where students would have a free period. Well, it wasn’t free, you had to come up with something educational to work on. Most people just took a nap. I think it was a way to give the teachers a break.
I partnered up with another guy in the class and we would write these stories. He and I both liked to draw so we wrote these books called “The Derrick Brown Mysteries” We would write stories and draw pictures to go with them. I don’t remember anything about them. Other than the character and that it was a kid that wet on adventures etc.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
I started writing my first book in 1998. I had no idea what I would do with it. Of course there was no self publishing as it is today so I was just writing it just to be writing. It was sort of a mystery thriller. A man that didn’t believe in love falls in love but the whole thing was a plot to clean out his business and bank account etc. I wrote on that book for 10 years. Id pick it up when the urge hits, put it down once I lose interest. Things in life would take me away, then I would get back to it. It was around 2009, I ran across the book again and was talking about it to a friend. She didn’t believe me when I told her I had been writing for several years. So I sent her the first few chapters. She read it and of course she didn’t believe I wrote it. She showed it to a friend or cousin or someone and that person said she didn’t believe I wrote it, that I sent her files from another book etc. It became a joke. She didn’t believe me. Actually, made me feel like I was lying. So I was thinking, I’m going to finish this book, I’m going to try to find out how to get it published and I’m going to thank her in the beginning as a dedication or something.
So, I buckled down and finished the book. I was going back over it doing a sortof edit/rewrite but the draft was done. One day, I decided to add a storm door to the front door since I didn’t have one, just the regular door. I bought the door from lowes, got it home and I opened the box and was pulling the pieces out, leaning them against the wall to start the install. I didn’t realize the glass window of the door wasn’t attached to the frame so when I went to move the frame, the glass fell, hit an open bottle of soda, which then spilled on my laptop. It sparked and died. I lost the complete of what I had written. I didn’t have any backups or anything It was on that laptop and the harddrive was drenched and I couldn’t retrieve the files.
I never went back to try to write that story.
What are you passionate about these days?
These days, I’m very passionate about writing, MMA (as a spectator), and trying to eat and live healthy.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Usually to relax and unwind, I watch movies or interesting tv series. Also I listen to a lot of podcast (mostly about movies and interesting tv series). I’m also trying to teach myself how to play the piano, so there’s that. I’m no where on that yet but hopefully one day I’ll be able to play something.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Its funny, calling yourself a writer or an author is one of those things that people tend to give you certain looks. People think of that as you have to be a certain type of person. Not all people, and to be honest, this thinking may all be in my head. I kind of felt like saying I was a writer, or an author was fraudulent. It wasn’t until I released the second book in my fantasy series, which was the 13th book I published (I published several books under another pen name as well) that I finally thought. I’m not lying, I am a writer, I’ve written books, I’ve written on several blogs in the past, 2 of which were mine. I’ve even written SOP’s at the place where I once worked that are probably still being used today, 20 years later. That’s what I am and that’s what I consider myself.
I came to that realization last year lol so it wasn’t that long ago. Imposter syndrome is real
Do you have a favorite movie?
I don’t know if I have a favorite… or if I do, it will probably change every few months. I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Id say those may be my favorites and the one that always come to mind first. I’m a big fan of Kevin Smith movies. I like comedy but I tend to lean more towards action type of movies, John Wick, marvel movies.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I can completely imagine The Injection being turned into a movie. This book started as a screenplay back in 2012. When I wrote the screenplay and the novel itself, I saw it in my head as a movie and not a book.
What inspired you to write this book?
What inspired me to write this book, and this is mentioned in the book itself. The old story I heard years ago, probably everyone has heard it. A woman gets into a car accident and thrown from the car. When she wakes, she sees her child trapped under the car. In her extreme desperation she was able to lift the car and pull her baby out. Desperation and adrenaline grew so much that she was able to do the thing that would seem impossible. I was thinking “I wonder if that is true… and if it is, there has to be a medical way to induce that burst of adrenaline… but if there was, there would be side effects.” So the story came to mind, The drug, how it would be tested, the side effects, and what could possibly happen.
Story idea’s usually come to me like that. I just have random thoughts then before you know it, I have a whole book in my head.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Right now, I have a story in a crime thriller box set. The box set is called Notorious Minds, the story is called Dying to Confess. My next release will be a post apoc story, actually I have 2 of those that I’m working on. One is a standalone, the other is a 3 book series. They both may be released under the Devante Cresh pen name as I’m using that name for post apoc and other stories that may have language beyond rated g-pg. Interesting thing about the post apoc series, the pharmaceutical company that makes the drug in The Injection also plays a part in that series. Different time frames but loosely the same universe.
Once those are done, I plan to write more thrillers using a character from the Dying to Confess book. I really like that character. Detective Rebecca Sally, and I want to tell more stories with her.
I enjoyed the characters the most. There is a lot of dialog in this book and the interaction between characters, their quirks and how they think and talk to one another, I find very interesting.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
The main Character… Chauncy Peters. He is very interesting. He is very much a decent guy, He loves his wife, made mistakes in the past but has been trying to atone for them ever since. He is successful. But he is also arrogant. He knows about his arrogance and while it isn’t mentioned in the book specifically, you see he is trying to work on it. He has situations where he keeps calling the one officer “miss”, instead of “officer”. Because in his mind, she is a woman, he call women miss. She wants to be called by her title and corrects him and he struggles with it every time he has to address her but he tries. One of the big desires he has is wanting to have a child, but it isn’t working, or hasn’t been working. So that plays into the story and into him dealing with himself.
Who designed your book covers?
The Injection was designed by MIBlart book cover design. I was very happy with this cover, probably the most satisfied I’ve been with any cover I had yet. They also designed my historical fiction thriller (Billette Hall) cover. My fantasy books. I contracted an artist to do the artwork and contracted someone else to do the lettering. I’m not real happy with them and will eventually change them. I like them as far as the artwork but I think they don’t fit the book/genre etc.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Nope all of my characters were all from my imagination in this book. I haven’t got to where I used real life inspiration for characters yet. But Its something I’ve been itching to do
What did you edit out of this book?
A lot of profanity. One of the complaints I got on early drafts of this story was the language. I never knew people were as opposed to profanity in books as they were, I feel like I’ve read plenty of books that had profanity. After those complaints, I wrote 4 fantasy books, completely clean, no cursing. Then came back to this book, did a rewrite and removed almost all the cursing
Is there an writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’m a big fan of Chris Fox. He is very open about what he does so I guess picking his brain would consist of asking him questions he’s already answered somewhere online lol.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
I don’t know if I could list 10 or have an order. But I could tell you, lately I’ve been reading, well the audiobook, a lot of Stephen king, James Paterson, Peter clines and Dennis E. Taylor.
How long have you been writing?
Officially, as far as when I started publishing books. 2017. I did self publish a book in 2012 and started writing years before that for myself, but 2017 is when I would consider the start of my writing career.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Most of the time, the characters come to me with the idea of the book. Characters usually get added once I start writing but normally, the main characters are there from the start.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Depending on the book. The good thing about the fantasy series I wrote, its all made up. So I create things the way I envision them. Billette Hall was a different story. It takes place during a certain time in US history so I had to do a lot of research on thing from that time, what kind of weapons existed, what kind of games slave kids played, in that story, there is mention of a state that didn’t exist until after the time frame that the story takes place… something I didn’t catch until just before the book released (West Virginia). In The Injection, everything about the drug is made up but I had to do some research on brain function and neurotropic so that I can make an attempt to make up something that sounds like it could be true.
Do you see writing as a career?
I currently work as an IT manager, so that is my day job. But I look at my writing as being just as important as my day job. I hope to one day just be a writer but right now, I’m pulling double duty.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I read, I’m not an avid reader but I read often. I like to read fantasy, scifi and thrillers… basically the stuff I like to write.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I generally write in silence. I know some people can listen to music and other things but I don’t want anything on. But if something is on, I’m pretty good at tuning it out.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I like to write one book at a time. But sometimes I will stop writing a book and start another. I have a horror story right now on my hard drive that I decided to change something that would require a complete rewrite. I decided I’ll go back to it and put it down. I’ve since written 2 other stories and working on 2 more. I’ll get back to it one day.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer. I couldn’t imagine writing a book using a pen. I guess I could use a typewriter if I absolutely had too but I’m a bad speller… I need that spell check.
Describe your writing style.
I don’t know if it comes across that way, but in my mind, I write my stories like if I was in a room with someone telling them what happened. I feel like I want the person reading to feel like a conversation more so than a manual or something flowery… which there’s nothing wrong with that either.
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