Beechwood Author’s Notes – Chapter 12 – Testing Day (Part 2)

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PremiseA small, controlled prison disguised as a town in the near future hides away victims of genetic experimentation. The experiments have caused a multitude of mental anomalies and the government continues to use the victims as lab rats. The story of Beechwood begins with a murder that no one is able to solve. As the layers of perplexity unfold, secrets beyond what goes on in The Tower begin to reveal themselves. In Beechwood, everyone has something to hide, and everyone is a suspect.

Is Greer losing his mind?! My first experience of the conflict growing within Greer was chapter 8 when he had the dream about Ellie, and now that conflict is growing in a direction that he is struggling to deny. The struggle is in the ethics — it’s not Ellie’s fault at all that he’s experiencing a new outlook due to his changed feelings, but it is due to her (unintentional) influence… so is that mind control? Are his feelings real? Is the conflict growing within him due to outside forces, or did those outside forces simply trigger his hidden traumas that he’s now being forced to confront and deal with?

The response I got from readers at the end of chapter three was, “Please tell me he dies a gruesome and painful death!” Unfortunately Greer refuses to be the clear-cut antagonist that he first presents himself as, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s redeemable either… there is still so much more to explore with this complex, haunted jerkface, so I hope you continue to stay tuned for more greyed moral lines!

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