Friday, July 31, 2020

# Guest Posts

The Inspiration Behind Someone's Story by B.A. Bellec @b_bellec #guest

The Inspiration Behind Someone's Story
By B.A. Bellec

I am going to start with the publishing side. This was my first book and I don’t have a background in writing so I was really breaking new ground. I did try to query a few places about 6 months before I published but I wasn’t ready. Not surprised none of them got back to me. I eventually got a little frustrated around December and set a deadline for myself to instead self-publish. I made so many changes in those 4 months. Ultimately I like aspects of self-publishing but I lack exposure. Working on that part right now.

My inspiration came from lots of different places. The book I like to cite as being the most influential is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The way Stephen Chbosky uses a journal entry to deliver a story is similar to the raw narration I choose to go with in my project.

Most of my writing was almost therapy. I was writing because I didn’t understand some of the things that happened in my life. Not everything in this book happened to me. I felt like it was unfair that I had such an easy life. Writing was a way for me to reconcile that feeling. By putting those thoughts on the page, it was almost like a do-over on the moment in my life when I didn’t do the right thing.

My editor helped me grow a few of the characters and really pushed me to finish the project. I had shared an early version. Her guidance was critical to me writing my last 20K words and then her encouragement is why I pushed myself to go down the publishing path. I didn’t want to leave this thing 80% done once she was involved. I had to finish for her.

The other thing I will say. There are people everywhere. Everyone has a story. Just talk to them. Little pieces of all the people I have ever met ended up in here.

About the Author

Author of Someone’s Story and co-collaborator on the music it inspired, B.A. was born in Richmond, BC and raised in Langley, BC, before settling in Winnipeg, MB. His first adventure was a career in Finance, where he spent 15 years developing his business skills. His highest achievement was the Certified Payroll Manager designation. He currently still consults with businesses on their systems and processes. Over that period of time, he also attended film school where he started to nurture his early creative abilities.

A self-starter always interested in research, he taught himself many of the aspects of storytelling through reading books, screenplays and material online. Whenever he found an inspirational piece of art, he quickly went to the source to find the story behind the artist who created the work. It took many years after attending film school for him to finally combine his creative skills with his life experience and tell that story he had been holding back. Some of his favorite creative people: Lukas Rossi, Justin Furstenfeld, Peter Jackson, Stephen Chbosky, John Green, J.K. Rowling.
Currently he is pounding away on the keyboard writing his second novel, Pulse. This project is a change of pace and more details will come in a few months!

B.A. is also an avid jogger and walker, frequently using them as a way to work on those tough spots in life and his manuscripts. If you found it this far into his material, reach out to him on Twitter and make sure to like and subscribe to get updates on all his future endeavors.



About the Book:

In his debut endearing coming-of-age book, B.A. Bellec writes about a group of weirdos that find and save each other from the dark depths of their minds. Someone’s Story is literally Someone’s story, as in a first-person narrative of a teenager that calls himself Someone. As he struggles to find a new footing in a new space, we encounter the many ups and downs of modern teenage life, the difficulties that adjusting to adult feelings bring, and a few tear-jerking surprises along the way.

Littered with music, mental health, friendship, loss, meditation, advice, pop culture, and even inspiring an EP, there is so much nostalgia, inspiration, and depth here it is hard to absorb it all. Cozy up somewhere warm and enjoy!

“B. A. Bellec has crafted a masterpiece of emotive and well-rounded young adult fiction.”
K.C. Finn – Author

“The variety of personages, situations, and mental illnesses represented allows all readers to relate to this book and take something away from reading! This novel is on our list of all-time favourites!”
International Girls and Books

“Someone’s Story is a beautiful novel, written in great prose, very descriptive, and filled with insights about life. The author does an incredible job with themes of family, friendship, bullying, and personal development. It felt like I was reading a portion of my emotions and myself in Someone’s Story.”
Gobi Jane – Professional Critic @ Readers’ Favourite


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