Saturday, November 3, 2018

Who is Livia and Why is She Important?

Livia Matters in KSK

The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence novel isn’t for the faint of heart as it delves into many dark and twisted areas perfect for a psychological thriller. In my last post, I talked about KSK’s main protagonist. He’s a very complex character with lots of flaws and character traits who out of the kindness of his heart tries to do the right thing, but often ends up doing illegal things. His relationship with the other characters in this book is mingled. It may seem that he is somehow connected to everyone, because he is. The more involved he gets, the more involved you get. Matthew is the type of character you find yourself pulling for, then take a deep breath and think, “What are you doing?” Frankly, he just can’t help himself.

Now for a  peek at Livia, his sister who was murdered by the Co-Ed serial killer, Milo Evans. It his because of Livia that Matthew gets intertwined with the others as he searches for answer which surrounds her death. Milo is his nemesis who plays games with Matthew. A little backstory comes out of a scene between Livia and Milo, that I won’t speak upon because I don’t want to give any spoiler alerts. But, that one scene in pivotal for the entire book. When you read it, I believe you will know what I am talking about. Also, in the book, Matthew discovers something about Livia that he never knew which brings him to his knees. He was already grieving, but this sends him into a tailspin. Therefore, although Livia is dead, she still is an important character even up to the last sentence of the book.

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THE KEYSTROKE KILLER: TRANSCENDENCE was released on Halloween to great reviews and I would like to give you the opportunity to take a sneak peek on the inside, head on over to this link

What is The Keystroke Killer Transcendence About?

Published by Open Door Publishing Company, this novel is a masterpiece of twisted deception as Matthew Raymond, a private detective is locked into a maze of deceit after the disturbing 2053 murder of his sister, Livia. Rage filled Matthew igniting a search for her killer and to find answers to the mysterious questions that lurked around her death. Matthew discovers himself immersed in a city where the wealthy and corrupt politician’s rule and a serial killer on the loose. Our hero plunges himself in a cunning game of cat-and-mouse when he stumbles across the Keystroke Killer exposing a secret device that makes the serial killer capable of sending people to the fourth dimension without a trace.


"Full of shocking twists, turns and flips that will blow your mind, and have you turning the page begging for more." Jeffrey Jordon, SAG Actor

“An electrifying debut with unexpected turns and twists.” Robby Cook Stroud, Literary Agent
“A haunting twisted tale.” Tina Rubin, Actor

“Truly wicked and powerful. A page turner.”  Rockin Dopsie Jr., Grammy Nominated Zydeco Musician

“Makes Fifty Shades of Grey and Silence of the Lambs look PG.” Kelly Cheatem, Realtor

“A saga like no other. A must read.” Erin Cadiere, CEO – No Regrets Apparel

“I couldn’t put it down. Excellent and powerful.” – Mark Steadfast, Producer

“A saga unlike any other. A must read.” – Bryan Dankworth, Artist

Friday, November 2, 2018

Dr. Mel's Message - Blog written by Dr. Melissa Caudle: THE KEYSTROKE KILLER: TRANSCENDENCE

Dr. Mel's Message - Blog written by Dr. Melissa Caudle: THE KEYSTROKE KILLER: TRANSCENDENCE: Who is Who in KSK and Why? The acceptance of "The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence" since launching on Halloween has been ...


Who is Who in KSK and Why?

The acceptance of "The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence" since launching on Halloween has been crazy. I knew when I released it, people would talk about it and asking questions and forming their own theories, but I didn't realize the readers would ask so fast. This means, they purchased the book, read it and didn't put it down. I promise I won't give away any spoiler alerts, what fun would that be? It has only been two days since the novel launched.

I think I can answer one question without giving it away. The question is, what inspired me to write KSK and how did I create each character? I will spend the next couple of blogs answering this question, which is more like thirty since there is a bunch of characters in this book. There are characters you love to hate and hate to love. Each character unique with their own voice.

I’ll get the first part out of the way – What inspired me to write KSK?

Easy enough, “The Keystroke Killer” was born about eight years ago when I wrote a very short film by the same title. To me, it was nothing like the book is now and it only had four characters; e.g., Matthew, Blaze, Mag and Judas. It wasn’t but seven minutes long, but it had impact as the short went viral on Youtube. From there, I developed it into a screenplay with the intent of a television show. I ended up writing 67 episodes creating new characters and intertwining all of their lives. Of course, that took several years of writing and development. From there, I decided, with a push from my sister and a potential funder to write the screenplay into a novel. There was just too much in 67 episodes that I had written the screenplays – enough for six years of television; so, I took the first season and transformed it into “The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence Part I” and the rest is history. KSK is available on both in paperback and on Kindle. If you want an autographed copy, you can go to my website and order one here
I am in the process of writing Parts 2-6 and I will be releasing each one as I finish them. So be sure to subscribe to my blog to keep updated.

How did I create each character for KSK?

I love a character driven story and plot. To me, that is what brings life. In order for that to happen, I have to live and breathe these characters as if they are part of my family or my closest friends. That is my starting point. For Matthew, I always saw him as being torn and grieving not being able to get over his sister’s death. As a writer, I understood this feeling because my oldest sister Livia Lynn was killed when I was in my late twenties when she crossed a railroad track and a train sideswiped her car. Needless to say, I comprehended grief of losing a sibling.

Also, Matthew believes he could have stopped his sister’s death because she called him for help. I too understood this because two weeks before my sister’s death, I dreamed her death and how she was going to die. I told her, I went and saw her, and it didn’t change her fate. Again, something that I could build from on Matthew.

From there, I did an entire storyline and built his history/backstory using a form I created in one of my books I wrote on writing screenplays. I knew everything about him: where he went to school, where he played as a child, his favorite toy, his first kiss, his first love, his relationship with his mother and mother, his favorite color, favorite animal and about three hundred things. And, now you know the inspiration behind Matthew.

In the next couple of Blog posts I will be discussing other characters and plot developments.
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