The novel Blown began in the Spring of 2011. The story is based on the life experience of a good friend of mine. She would tell me things here and there about her life growing up in the Church of Scientology, and I always found her stories intriguing and shocking. One day, I encouraged her to get her experience on paper, as it is a story that needs to be told. But she is not a writer. That’s where I come in.
Our process began as a series of formal interviews. She would come over to my house and we would talk for hours, my voice recorder capturing every word that I would later transcribe. After talking with her, I would do my own research, and one thing I saw early in the process was that my friend’s experience shared many similarities to stories of other ex-Scientologists.
After outlining the basic plot and story structure, I began drafting chapters. Our original plan was for me to write a chapter, and then send it to my friend so she could read and edit, fill in details and make corrections. However, one page into the first chapter, she realized it was just too difficult, her own experience still too raw to confront so directly.
With her blessing, I continued to write, edit, write, edit. Now, I have a “completed” manuscript. It is a novel, and not a memoir, because I did need to take some creative license for the purpose of drafting a compelling story. However, I am posting the chapters on a blog in order to get feedback from readers, and hopefully from ex-Scientologists who can give me the critique my friend was not able to give.
Please help me make this story even better with your comments. The book is available on Amazon.com, as my friend wants to share her experience with as many people as possible and hopefully see the church shut down one day soon. That’s actually how she wanted Blown to end, but that will be the ending of the sequel, SP. Stay tuned.