Hyena Boy

Genre: General Fiction, Young Adult

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Stories filled with magical realism, contrasted with darker themes.

Book Summary

Most life stories have people overcoming their demons. I'd just like to escape mine.

My name is Jay Richard Peters. I was born on the 24th of March 1967. In less than two weeks I'll turn seventeen, and I'll finally be moving out of my home... or maybe I should say my hell, and into a place of my own.

For as long as I can remember, a dark cloud, my father, has hung over my existence. An inescapable, unpredictable force, worse than the devil itself. He's made running away impossible. But I'm not planning to run away. I'm planning to move out. That's what you do when you grow up, you move out.

But first, I want to make a record of my life up to this point. Then, my first night in my own place, I’ll hold a ceremonial burning. Burning the past to cleanse the future, as Taylora would say. Not that everything in my past was bad... to tell the story right, I guess I'll want to talk about that too.

No, not want. Need. I need to talk about the good. I need to remember the bits of my life worth living. If I'm going to get through this... I have to talk about those bits too. The bits that kept me going. The bits that pulled me through. But... uh... I guess I should stop rambling and actually get started...

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About the Author

Okay, so I'm an author from Plymouth, who studied Creative Writing and Drama back in her university days, graduating with a 2:1 in 2008, seems like a lifetime ago now.

Since then my life hasn't been as straightforward as I would have liked. My writing career didn't take off instantly and I've had a lot of ups and downs, which have impacted my life without altering my spirit. I'm still someone who loves to write. It is the core of my being, and I make time for it on a daily basis no matter what's going on. In fact, in the last 12 years, there's only been one day where I didn't write a single word, but the less said about that day, the better.

Some of the events that have shaped the last few years of my life involved health issues. I have Hypermobility Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Killer combination I know. I've lived with pain for a long time, so by the time I was finally diagnosed with anything, learning to 'live with pain' wasn't the issue. Learning to acknowledge the pain I was living with and give it the correct amount of importance, on the other hand, is still something I'm struggling with. When you're the type of person constantly driven to move forward and put the needs of those around you ahead of your own, you can end up causing yourself more problems than you realise. Haha, I'm literally my own worst enemy. Still, I try not to allow it to get me down.

When I'm not writing or working the day job, I keep myself occupied running my own YouTube channel and I currently have two active series, including my weekly Vlog which comes out on Fridays. I also have two adorable furbabies, a pair of gerbil sisters names Mew and Celibi. So, yes, for those of you out there who know your Pokemon, I'm a huge fan. In fact, I'm a little bit of a gamer. Maybe more than a little bit, but I guess that would depend on your POV.

So, I'm older than the person I was when I left university, maybe a little wiser, but definitely still young at heart. Maybe that's why I'm finally getting out those jumper cables and trying to bring my writing career back from the dead. Life gets in the way sometimes, and that means our dreams have to go on hold for a while. But on hold for a while doesn't mean on hold forever. What's the point of writing every day if I'm the only one who gets to enjoy it?

Life is a series of challenges and I'm ready to tackle them all. Right now I'm excited to see what kind of path I will forge from here. The future is this big, wide, open expanse of possibilities and the only one standing in my way is me.

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