When Riley watched Chroma, the latest movie by Armani Manora, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. Riley’s parents, Jean and Paul, are currently getting divorced, and they have managed to keep the situation hidden from Riley, until now.
They were unaware of the effects this was having on Riley’s emotional and mental well-being, and as tensions rose at school and at home, he was visited by a voice in his bedroom. Before too long, he began a journey that was not only dangerous, but eye opening.
Chroma explores the rapidly changing family dynamic throughout divorce, and how a child’s imagination can take them to unknown places. It is emotional, insightful and a moving story which not only teaches us how to be an adult, but how to be a child.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
As much as this is a rather boring answer, I only like to write at my desk. However, I have surrounded the desk with posters and concept art from past releases and projects, photos of my idols and contemporaries, and anything else I can find that will inspire me.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I don’t have any rituals, mainly because I don’t necessarily have the time for any! As well as writing, I work as a full-time music teacher, so juggling my job with my growing writing career isn’t an easy task, but a necessary one to achieve my goals.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Funnily enough, I’m one of those people who only drinks water. However, there can be times when I’m deep into my own imagination and forget to drink and eat for hours and hours. I definitely feel it at the end of a session.
– What is your favourite book?
As much as I hate to admit this, I haven’t read many books, when I was starting to put Chroma together, I panicked about halfway through because I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right! Luckily, I was, and to put me at ease I read ‘The Hottest State’ and ‘Ash Wednesday’ by Ethan Hawke which really cemented my love for a novel.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Predominately I am a screenwriter and I have written everything from comedy to horror. For my debut novel Chroma, I tried to put together everything I have learnt from writing across many different styles and use those unique perspectives to create my own style.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Everything I write is based on people I know; I can’t imagine how you would write any character without relating them to someone else in your life. There’s a saying that goes ‘write what you know” and whilst I agree with that to an extent, I tend to go by “write what you feel”. If you are writing from the heart and for a reason, anything is possible.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I don’t take a notebook anywhere. I have tried countless times to get into this habit, but it will never stick. However, luckily, I have a very good memory and I never seem to forget any ideas that I have. My mind is constantly brewing, and if I forget something, then it probably wasn’t worth remembering.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I like all genres but as a writer I think you have to. I will always decide to watch a comedy-drama over a horror, but that doesn’t mean I’m against the genre, I just take more away from the other.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Ethan Hawk! Whilst he may not be well known for being an author, his writing style is wonderful and his use of normal language in a poetic way cannot be understated. Overall, I’d just love to have an understanding of story as well as him, and not be confined by structure.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
During my time as writer so far, it has never been the setting that inspires me, it is always the people. However, a country where I feel you get a good mix of the two is France, and as stereotypical as this may be, I’d love to write something set in that country.
Thank you, Oscar Wenman-Hyde and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Oscar Wenman-Hyde is a writer living in Gloucester, UK. Born and raised in the quiet towns of North Devon, Oscar would spend the majority of his time as a child writing and directing short films with his brother and neighbours. From here, Oscar’s passion led him to explore all aspects of his creativity, by graduating with a BA Hons in Songwriting at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. He now finds joy in all mediums of writing and although he has worked and trained in many areas, he is always inspired by film and remains grounded in storytelling.