Excerpts from “The Other Half”

I am currently calling my new novel The Other Half. Book titles come very easy to my head, the same with chapter names, but I want something that really fits the storyline and the emotions of the novel, so for once in my life I am actually waiting before officially naming it. Maybe the current title will stay, although I doubt it.

I started writing this novel two weeks ago and I am now at 48 pages. It isn’t the best thing I have ever written, but I hope that it will be by the time I finish it and begin the editing process.

There are parts of the novel that are REALLY rough, such as the second chapter, Embers. Despite the cool chapter name, the content really fails to deliver and I will probably end up rewriting it, except for the last part. Spoiler alert, someone dies. Actually, that’s to be expected since the entire basis of the novel is around mysterious murders and disappearances that are all connected.

I can tell you all that the novel is a dark, urban-fantasy set in middle class suburban USA. The main characters are seniors in high school and there will be a little bit of a twisted romance. Romance, in my opinion, is good in a novel because it shows emotion, but it has to be done right. I’m not a fan of the competing sides for love thing, such as what was displayed in the Twilight saga, so I have made sure that it does not show up in my novel. A little bit of competition is okay, but when you have TEAM EDWARD and TEAM JACOB, or TEAM GALE and TEAM PEETA, we have a problem.

So, to finish off this little writing update and teaser, I will share a few small excerpts from the novel.


She fell to her knees with a thud and wept. It would take her a considerable amount of time to regain her strength and call the police, and when she did the news was quick to spread. Andrew Kayne was dead. – Page 13.


It was already a tense situation, and he didn’t like police to begin with.

“Is it okay if I record this conversation on my phone for accuracy and for the newspaper’s records?” Colton asked.

The detective nodded and sat down at the head of the table. He kept his eyes on Colton as he set up his phone’s audio recording and pressed the red record button. “What can you tell me about your case? Who called it in? What happened?”

“I can’t comment on the specifics of the case at this time,” the detective responded bluntly. “All I can say is that there was a murder and we are doing our best to find out who was responsible.” – Page 20


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Author: Chase Charaba

Hello there! I'm Chase, an ambitious, aspiring young novelist and YouTuber who hopes to get a novel published one day. I'm also trying to produce the highest quality YouTube videos by constantly learning new ways to film and edit. I've been involved in journalism for 5 years, including 1 year as co-editor of a national award-winning high school newsmagazine and 1 year as the co-editor of an award-winning college newspaper. I write mainly epic/high fantasy, but I also mess around with science fiction, horror, and realistic fiction.

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