"Many will relate to the book's themes of faith and loyalty, and Danny's frustration that no matter how good he is at baseball, it won't help him save his family." -Akron Beacon Journal
I've got the book and it's next in line on my to-be-read list, but every review I read makes me more anxious to get to it. It promises to be a modern classic. Also, it's set in the 1980s! So, for Elliot's stop at my place guess what I asked him about...
Thirteen tour stops in all, headed in four directions and across the border into foreign lands, and from the onset, I knew without a doubt that you'd be the one to ask me about my chosen setting for "South of Charm." (Which of course explains my enthusiasm for being here :)
In order to pen an emotional drama, something capable of coaxing tears during one chapter, while causing one's belly to bounce with joy upon the turn of a page, a writer must take comfort in two very important elements...one's home life surrounding the keyboard, and the setting of their story. My goal was to arm the novel with the heart of a lion, but in order to do that, the setting and time frame had to resonate from a place that meant something to me, during a time when magic remained just out of reach.
Like yourself, Nicki, I grew up during the booming eighties. Ten years' worth of aerosol hair spray and leg warmers. Of microwave ovens the size of compact cars, and hair bands strutting about in spandex. It was the age of break dancing along city streets, and staying up on Friday nights to watch The Dukes of Hazzard. And anything bearing rotary dials was frowned upon, as the age of push-buttons and digital displays packed the shelves at the local Big Wheel.
The eighties were about being cool. Growing up as fast as possible while saving every last penny for that candy-apple Iroc-Z28 parked at the local dealership. MTV still played music back then, and everywhere you looked, some poor soul was desperately trying to master the art of the moonwalk.
It took less than the amount of time needed to primp one's mullet for me to decide on the eighties for the setting of "South of Charm." As my teenage son often reminds me, "You gotta get with the times, Dad!"
Perhaps someday...but not just yet ;)