Kyle has gone unnoticed for the vast majority of his life and he’s always preferred it that way. Homeschooled, shy, and only attending church because he’s forced to, there’s not really anything outstanding or interesting about him. That changes, however, when he meets James Porter. The two are fast friends, but Kyle isn’t sure if that’s a good thing or not. While some of the experiences resulting from their friendship are grand, many other experiences leave Kyle broken, angry, and depressed. Is Kyle’s friendship with James really such a good thing, or would he have been better off if he’d simply remained the quiet, lonely boy that no one seemed to notice?
Hi there! I’m T. L. Bainter, Texan turned Kansas City resident (and loving every minute of it). Moving to this city has served to inspire me in numerous ways, including giving me the tools I needed to write, revise, edit, and polish my novel How I Ruined My Life. Kansas City is a splendid place that has so much to offer for writers like myself, and I owe the jump in my writing’s quality to my move out here.
When I wake up on a day off, I immediately get ready to hit the town. What I do varies, but typically I’m going to one of two places: the enormous downtown library or one of the city’s numerous coffee shops. Wherever I’m heading, you can guarantee that I’m going to do some writing while I’m there!
The people in this city are very inspirational, and I often find ways to work individuals I happen across into my novels. There are plenty of fun and quirky folks to choose from in Kansas City – I doubt I’ll ever run out of new inspiration! So while I’m sitting at the coffee shop or library writing my book, I’m not just there for the pleasant atmosphere – I’m there to get ideas.
When it’s time to go home, I pack up my writing tools, finish my coffee, and head back. My cat Sooba is always waiting for me expectantly, and we’ll usually sit on the couch and watch a bit of television before going to bed. Come morning, I do it all over again! I’d say I have a pretty good life here in Kansas City – definitely the perfect life for a writer. It was the perfect place to write How I Ruined My Life, and I’m sure it’ll be the perfect place for whatever comes next.
About the Author
T. L. Bainter was born in 1994 and began writing short stories not long after that. Since the age of six, he has been churning out short story after short story. After receiving an award from the renowned Writers of the Future competition for his short story Edwin, T. L. Bainter found the confidence and encouragement that he needed to write and publish his first novel: How I Ruined My Life. Currently, he resides in Kansas City with his cat, Sooba.
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