Monday, February 3, 2014

Kids into Killers

What do you want to be when you grow up? As a little boy I remember wanting to be a space explorer, a movie star, or a scientist. How about you? What did you want to be? Did you get there?

Young people with imaginations unfettered by the realities of life’s responsibilities, economic constraints, or societal roadblocks look to the future with boundless optimism. A few youngsters grow up to accomplish their dreams. Many fall short but still find some measure of happiness and satisfaction with their lives. Some fall through the cracks and struggle. Others turn to a life of crime.

And some become killers.

To be clear, I’m not referring to men and women serving in the military or in law enforcement who sometimes have to do the unthinkable to protect us. This is about girls and boys who once held noble aspirations but grow into people who end up taking human lives. How does this happen? Are they victims of circumstance? Do they willingly choose this path?

Or are they lured into it?

The human condition is a fascinating topic for both writers and readers. My previous novel, Earthburst, explores the realities of a post-apocalyptic world and how humanity might deal with such an eventuality. This subject matter spawns many enjoyable, thought-provoking discussions at conferences and book signings. At the end of these discussions, I’m often asked, what’s next?

How about another examination into the human condition, good kids who turn into killers.

A 16-year-old boy aspires to become a surgeon. Instead, he ends up taking lives. If it happens to him, it could happen to anyone. It could happen to you. Or your child. Find out how.

Fast Enough, a novel by Dennis Royer.
Coming: Spring 2014.