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Surprise Feature: Lane Northcutt

Technology is terrible isn’t it?

On June 12th, 2020, I had a wonderful interview with Author Lane Northcutt that I was so excited to share with everyone. Only to have Instagram to crash the moment the interview ended. And for me to lose the entire video.

I didn’t want to lose our conversation though, so let me tell you a bit more about Lane and his upcoming novel, The Delivery Co.

Lane Northcutt lives in New York with his wife, where he dabbles in array of artistic endeavors. He is an actor, a photographer, a screen writer, and now…a novel writer! His experience as an actor has given him a unique perspective on writing. One day while performing, he came up with the idea for The Delivery Co. and proceeded to write the story on the train to and from work each day. With the help of his wife and friends, they have been able to tackle The Deliver Co., hoping to have it published by the end of the year.

So what is The Delivery Co. about?

In a dystopian society, where humans go to a company to receive the “ideal” child (or at least what society deems “ideal”) known as Replacements. Yet, there are children rejected for deformities or not meeting certain criteria. So meet Ahna, a girl who has been trained to be a perfect and ideal replacement, only to be rejected and sent outside into the Junkyard. There, she meets another reject named Sticks, as well as the other rejected children. She’s an anomaly of sorts, since she wasn’t rejected at birth, but rather after the fact.

And like in any other fantastic dystopian novel, cue a series of events that force these kids to dismantle the system.

I mentioned to Lane how it reminded me of elements of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, as well as elements of the movie Gattaca. So, with it coming out towards the end of the year, it is definitely one to watch.

Lane’s experience in theater, as well as with photography and other art forms, has helped him in his writing process. He can easily visualize scenes and placement when something happens. Although, Lane is the first to admit that sometimes this skill did result in some underwriting issues.

Lane said that while he didn’t outline The Delivery Co., he intends to outline in the future to avoid more rewrites than necessary. He’s started one idea already using note cards, where he can flip through them and make notes as necessary, which is a unique way to outlining that some writers might want to try themselves.

Lane’s piece of advice to new writers is simple though: if you want to write, find time. It’s hard. But whether it’s on a train via your phone, in a cafe on your iPad, or at home on your computer…find time to write. After all, you can’t edit a blank page.

The Delivery Co. is anticipated to come out towards the end of 2020.

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