Teresa Meola Vincent, author of Running Blind, a gritty psychological novel about addiction, is latest addition to our Helix Review series. Vincent used personal experiences growing up in New Jersey as the basis for the book and as a focused author, well versed in grammar and structure, she wanted to gain further insight into her own writing style.
Tell us a bit about your book:
Running Blind deals with issues surrounding long-term addiction and too much hard partying. The book follows a group of friends growing up in New Jersey’s bustling northeast corridor, from their wild teen years into their disillusioned and shattered adult lives.
How would you describe your writing style?
I write about my home state of New Jersey, which is so much a part of me. My characters are tough, troubled, addicted, sexually hardened, psychologically damaged. All of that being said, I am a seasoned editor and a very careful writer, making sure my work is structurally and grammatically sound. Everything must fit together perfectly, including complex timelines. Factual details must be researched, because I value my credibility. I use a great deal of regional slang in my dialogue, but as they say, you have to know the rules in order to break them.
Why did you decide to submit “Running Blind” for a Helix Review?
I was intrigued by the concept, and I wasn’t disappointed. The Helix Review is the first really good example of Artificial Intelligence that I have seen in my own life. When I was a young copy editor at a technology magazine, all the talk was about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) that would be coming in the future. Well, the future is here. The Helix Review objectively analyzes the elements of a book, and it’s amazingly accurate.
What did you learn from the Helix Review?
The Helix found my book to be similar to such books as Go Ask Alice, Leaving Dirty Jersey, Candy: A Novel Of Love And Addiction, and Long Past Stopping. All these books deal with the subject of addiction, which sounds right. The Helix somehow knew what my book was about…Another interesting feature of the Helix Review was the “keywords” feature, which gave me a list of words unique to my particular writing style.
How are you going to use what you learned?
I will incorporate what I learned into my marketing strategy.
What would you tell someone considering trying Helix?
Any writer would benefit from the Helix Review, and they should definitely try it. The Helix Review is an impressive tool. If a machine can read my mind, I want an electronic therapist who can listen to my problems at four in the morning.
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About the Helix Review:
Back in May we launched an experimental new offering called Helix, and dubbed it The Personality Test for Your Book. Helix is powered by The Book Genome Project, a massive database of over 100,000 of the world’s best-known books. And basically, it gives you a way to upload your manuscript and get back an incredibly rich and unbiased perspective on your book.
Lulu authors are currently using Helix to gain a better understanding of their book for marketing purposes, and in some cases to gain insight into their writing style. For the first time, we’ve caught up with some of the earliest Helix Review customers to hear more about their book and writing style and what they hoped to learn from Helix.
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