Paint the Black - J.D. Dudycha
While growing up, I often heard stories about the high price of fame. More often than not, with fame comes money, and with money comes an onslaught of new temptations that can forcefully shove us off of our path -- whatever that may be.
In Paint the Black, J.D. Dudycha offers up such a scenario. A young and inexperienced youth is recruited for a baseball team and has a bright future ahead of him, or so he believes.
While I enjoyed the story and had no trouble turning the pages, there were just so many cringe worthy moments and I had difficulty connecting to the main character. However, I don't think that's any fault of the author. 1) I know next to nothing about baseball and 2) I'm a woman and therefore it's harder for me to relate to male characters, especially when it comes to tempting circumstances.
Overall it's a very powerful example of how no matter what you've done in life, no matter what your past looks like, you can turn it around in an instant and begin to live your life in a more positive manner.
Some Bio Information
J.D. Dudycha is a former college baseball player and coach. He has over ten years of experience in baseball at the collegiate level. After the birth of his son, in 2012 J.D. retired from coaching to be a stay-at-home dad. Since his retirement, he developed a love for writing, an outlet he so desperately needed in the absence of baseball. Though his stories are fictional, he has drawn from his personal life as well as his expertise and knowledge of the game to craft his novel. J.D. lives with his wife and son in Denver, Colorado, where he also enjoys golf and fly fishing.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
I wrote this book with the reader in mind. My hope was that this story would resonate with someone and help them along their own personal path, in this thing called life. A lot of this novel is drawn from my own personal story, and struggles. Yes there is fiction throughout the novel, but I wanted to share a little bit of me.
2. Was there a deciding point in your life when you realized you wanted to be an author?
Not really. I do not have a degree in creative writing, nor do I consider myself the most gifted writer; I just had a story to tell and found it easy to put to paper.
3. What would you like readers to take away from your work?
I hope that they can relate to the characters, especially men, and realize that they are not bound by their addictions. Lean on faith, and it will set you free.
4. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I wrote this novel in about four months. The first draft came fairly easy because some of the baseball scenes were based off my own experiences. After the first draft was finished and the professional edit was done, I wrote and rewrote the manuscript about twenty times. At times that was frustrating, but I couldn't be more proud of the finished product. I used five beta-testers, alongside my editor, and received excellent feedback. The cover was designed professionally by amygdala designs, and I couldn't love it more. I did all of the formatting myself, both in the ebook and paperback editions.
5. What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?
The rewrites. Yes they were brutal, but SO necessary.
6. How would you describe your writing style?
Direct, and easy to read. Sometimes I think it may be in your face as well. I try to write with the truthfulness of life. This book may be about baseball, but I feel it’s a character piece first, and a sports novel second.
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
My goal would be to write with the reader in mind. I want my stories to stick with people. I want people to read my work and say, “So I’m not the only one.”