There’s been a project I’ve been sitting on for months now, and today I decided to give it a spin – the idea being writing a story in one day, and then clean it up, put a cover on it and then load it up in Amazon, and see what happens.
Work with pulp speed and pulp standards, to tell pulp stories.
So I did it.
I started this morning at 9.30.
It is now 5.30 pm as I am writing this, and I have 9000 words down, and about half as many still to go. And it seems to be working.
So, to give myself that extra push, I’m announcing it here straight away, and I’m also giving you a short behind-the-scenes and a cover reveal.
I hope you are interested.
The basic idea is: writing a series of hard-boiled thrillers set here where I live, in the hills of Monferrato, the wine country of North Western Italy.
The stories will be set around Nizza Monferrato, Canelli, Acqui and the constellation of small villages hereabouts. I will throw in a bit of local history and of local culture and food and what not. Who knows, might get someone out there curious enough they’d come and visit!
These lands forlorn may not be as cool as Travis McGee’s Florida or Magnum PI’s Hawaii, but what the heck, this is a beautiful place with deep traditions, strange mysteries and the great variety of people you find almost everywhere.
I’m also staying out of major crimes for the moment, concentrating on small crooks and petty crimes: swindles and blackmail, domestic violence and school bullying, shoplifting and frauds.
The stories will feature a local guy, called Buscafusco1 – only that, no first name.
Buscafusco is a man in his late forties that’s sort of dropped out from the rat race – following the 2008 crisis, too old to find a “proper job”, he recycled himself as a jack-of-all-trades, following the old Taoist ideal of the philosopher that leaves society behind to study nature. Like the true sages of old, he does not touch money if he can: he prefers to get paid in food or services, or basically what he needs at the moment.
Right now, he’s living in a battered Airstream trailer in a deposit of scrap metal just outside of Nizza Monferrato.
He’s available for heavy lifting, gardening, house sitting, for the odd Tai Chi lesson or for spurious troubleshooting. He’s tough but gentle. He’s one of the good guys.
His first adventure, Women & Children, will hit the eReaders withinn 48 hours.
- it was Peter Falk’s character name in Vibes, which is still today a guilty pleasure of mine. ↩