Seemingly out of nowhere a mass shapeshifting event happened around the world. Where human beings were instantly transformed into indistinguishable blank figures. In an attempt to describe what these ominous figures looked like a few of the characters ridiculously referred to them as bubble figures. Instead, these changed humans looked like the figures you see on bathroom door signs indicating which gender(s) each bathroom is for. Distorted Purposes opens by describing this phenomenon happening in the small fictional college town of Calbury, Pennsylvania. Where a group of individuals was spared this fate for reasons unknown to them as they set out to find answers to this problem. What Grace, Danny, Jacklyn, Henry, and Cam uncovered was a heinous plan devised by two government officials who finally brought everyone back to their regular selves after being discovered. Using the People Morphing Plan they extorted world leaders by the threat of changing them back into “bubble figures,” via an enhanced computer. The goal was to manipulate humankind into making positive strides in various human rights and other issues such as climate change. None of this could stop two thieves from stealing the blueprints to the technology though.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I was in the last year of college I showed up for a class discussion as a final before winter break. I had not slept all night and was so out of it that I daydreamed about the shapeshifters that I wrote about in this book. I then went on to write about it the next semester but wound up losing about thirty-thousand words when I changed computers and I had to start over again.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
For the characters that are introduced at the beginning of the story, I drew upon the types of people I met while in college. There is one particular character that I identify with and thus that character has similar attributes to myself. Moving from that the characters I developed more towards the middle and the end of the book are based on observations of politics and some of my understanding of human nature.
Out of nowhere each of their respective professors stopped their lectures in the middle of their sentences. Each professor quivered and shook as they morphed into something inhuman. Something that the students couldn’t even describe as a monster. Instead, the students were met with a figure standing at the front of the classrooms that had no face, and no distinguishing features at all. A blank white slate figure that engulfed the various professors.
A silence came over the classes and continued to persist while the flabbergasted students were taking in what had just happened, and what they were seeing. After a quick moment that somehow also seemed to last the length of a dream, the students in each classroom started yelling out to their professors. Saying their names and asking questions into a silence without answers. When one student named George, in Terrance’s class, went up to the figure, the professor made a move. This move looked like a groovy dance move. It happened quickly, then stopped, leaving the figure still again. Surprised, George didn't move and soon he started to do the same shaking movements the professor had done a few moments earlier. Unable to stop him, George turned into a weird inhuman creature, just as the professor had done.
Alarmed beyond belief, the students panicked and instinctively pulled out their smartphones to call the police. The phone service in all the buildings was terrible, and it was a wonder that the phones were ringing at all. Their phones calls went through, but the police didn't answer. Everyone kept trying and trying to no avail, the police were not coming and they all knew it.
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