12 Things You Might Not Know about Friendly Revenge

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Friendly Revenge by James Pence

My YA novel, Friendly Revenge, launches this week, so here are 12 things you might not know about Friendly Revenge.

1. Written in 1996, Friendly Revenge is my first novel, preceding the first draft of Unseen (Blind Sight) by three years.

2. Friendly Revenge is a spin-off from the first piece I ever had published, a short story titled The Preacher’s Kid.

3. An Easter egg at the end of Chapter 3 in Friendly Revenge references a former pastor’s son named Jeremy Archer. This is the name of my main character in The Preacher’s Kid.

4. Both Friendly Revenge and Unseen are set in the fictional town of Grant City, Texas.

5. In the original version of Friendly Revenge, I was much too specific with technology and computer jargon. It dated the book very quickly. For example, in the original version, Palmer’s prized possession is a 286 computer. (If you don’t know what that is, Google it.) For this release, I had to do quite a bit of updating.

6. In 1999, Friendly Revenge was released briefly as an e-book on a 3.5″ floppy disk. This was before the days of print on demand, so the book could only be purchased on floppy and read on a computer. The publisher was Hard Shell Word Factory, one of the original royalty-paying e-publishers.

7. In 2003 when Tyndale picked up my novel, Blind Sight (Unseen), I reclaimed the rights to Friendly Revenge and took it out of print, in hopes that it might find a conventional publisher.

8. Most of the character names in Friendly Revenge were chosen randomly from telephone books.

9. Another Easter egg in Friendly Revenge is Sandy, the name of the dog Palmer had to give up when his dad became a pastor. Sandy is my 11-year-old Lab/Golden mix.

10. I wrote the first half of Friendly Revenge in an advanced creative writing class at Dallas Theological Seminary. By the end of the semester, I had Palmer in a horrible mess and had no idea how to get him out of it.

11. I wrote the second half of Friendly Revenge on Kismet Island in the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. The Thousand Islands would come into my writing later when I included them as the setting for the climax of Unseen.

12. Yes, I do have an idea for a sequel and have begun working on it.

And now, as the late, great Paul Harvey used to say, you know the rest of the story.

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