The Story of Myles


                                                                        The Story of Myles                                                                     
                                                                  Book Review By Joe Castel

  Los Angeles resident Daniel P’Lopez has penned his second novel, The Story of Myles just over two years after his Vendetta House was published in the summer of 2005. His most recent venture, however, is a far departure from his slasher, crime thriller. In this novel P’Lopez focuses on a teenage boy, Myles, who eventually falls in love with a male classmate in rural Oregon. P’Lopez knows how to set up drama and keep the reader hooked with sultry teasers and raw emotional sentiments.

  After losing a family member, Myles and his mother move to Oregon to escape a family tragedy, but Myles is unable to forget the past, forgive and move forward with his life. The likeable, yet lonely teen experiences numerous high school drama with a girl named Stacie, until he meets a boy named Seth, who arouses his sexuality—then confusion and tragedy really kicks into Myles’ life. If there is a message about Myles, it’s to let go of unrequited love, but not give up on one’s self.

  P’Lopez sat down with Adelante for an interview about his new book.JOE: Why did you choose to write this novel about a boy’s sexual identity?

DANIEL: Basically it started off based on a character off of myself. I took a piece of my inner self and created this boy named Myles in a fictional story and fictional world.

JOE: Are you saying that you’re taking this from your own life experiences?

DANIEL: Some of them yes, like another one of the characters is a lot like me. So some of them do have a part of my inner self in me.

JOE: Were you inspired by anyone to do this?

DANIEL: No. Basically from my own life experiences—I created this story based on my life, at least some of it.

JOE: Were the deaths in the story on people you knew?

DANIEL: Well, basically life is death to me. I did have some people die in my past, but all the characters are fictional, so they have nothing to do with anyone living or dead.

JOE: Who is the intended audience?

DANIEL: It’s basically for everyone. Young adults, teenagers, older adults, especially those questioning themselves or who are gay or bisexual.

JOE: You have a nice way of setting up some conflict and drama, especially the details. Where did you learn or how did you learn to write to well?

DANIEL: I started writing when I was 16, writing stories that is. And as the years progressed I improved a lot with my writing, story telling and characters, and stuff like that.

JOE: How long do you write a day? And how long did it take you to write this story?

DANIEL: I used to write a lot, almost everyday, and have many stories that I started that I haven’t finished, but I need to finish. Basically, I started this story when I was a senior in high school at the age of 18 and I worked off and on since then, so it’s been many years.

JOE: There’s a character that seems to reveal a weakness in them as if not strong enough to survive the challenges or harshness of life. Could you respond to it?

DANIEL: Well basically some of the characters go through a lot of hardships, struggles and losses, but I wouldn’t call them weak, I would just call them human, because we all go through bad experiences, and sometimes we all deal with them differently, but in the retrospect, I think they‘re strong characters.

JOE: The ending lacked one really strong character, and left me with a sense of hopelessness. I realize Myles does struggle with his reality and is brave, up to a certain point. You realize Myles means “solider”, don’t you? Your thoughts?

DANIEL: No I didn’t know Myles meant soldier. In reality, that’s how it is because bad things do happen, and people try to sweep things under the rug, like those kinds of things don’t exist or don’t happen, but they do. I guess everyone wants a happy ending, but I choose to go with the ending that I wrote and am happy and proud of it. I wanted to write it that way because not all life ends happily, and this one ends tragically. And also since I am the author, I got to choose how to end it, and that’s how I wanted to end it.

JOE: What’s you next book or project?

DANIEL: My next story is called Alestir. Basically, it’s a story that starts off as being dramatic and ends up being horror, (laughter). I won’t give away too much, but I am almost done with that one.

JOE: How did your last book (The Vendetta House) do? How was it received? How did you do at the reading?

DANIEL: My last book, The Vendetta House, did good. It didn’t hit the best seller list, but it sold some books and is still selling. And hopefully, this new book will do better. And my book signing went well, I was very nervous at first, but a lot of my friends and family, and other people came, and supported me, and it turned out to be a good experience, and I’m proud of it and I look forward to the next one.