Originally, the piece of work that grew into Mychandra was due to be sent off to a few friends of mine who were looking for submissions to a short story collection. As tends to happen a lot these days, I quickly realised that it would be far too long to submit so I turned it into another free eBook instead. I’d say this is a much, much more accessible piece of writing than anything I’ve done before.
There’s more of a focus, particularly early on, on communication whereas most of my writing takes place within the head. Strange really, considering this piece of writing has a lot to do with mental issues. The focus of the character on the external world, with so much going on in his internal world, was a deliberate choice and I think it comes across rather well.
Essentially, Mychandra follows five days in the life of a man who suffers from a mental illness of the same name. He tries to seek treatment, and goes about his daily life in small-town England. Again, this is heavily drawn from personal events as inspiration, but it’s a lot more open, I feel, than the writing I’ve done before.
I think the theme of insanity is an interesting one, particularly when combined with the absurd, and it’s one I’ll definitely be revisiting in the near future. I did well, I think, to keep it as short as I did, though one criticism might be that it ends a little abruptly.
Why Did I Write Mychandra?
I’ve always found any kind of duality interesting; I think most people do. What interests me more however, is the idea of a dual identity as an excuse for certain behaviour – as a kind of justification for anything and everything. It was that I wanted to explore in Mychandra; the idea that, although a duality may be medical or psychological, or event just made up, it can still work to present a different identity.
Anyway, a criticism might be that there isn’t enough of a difference between the two identities (if they can be considered separate identities) but I think that is one of the major points of the indie eBook.
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You can download the free eBook by following the link straight to the Mychandra download page on Smashwords. Alternatively, you can click on the Mychandra cover image to the left (or below if you’re on a mobile).