Thursday, October 20, 2011

Live Wire

This is the unofficial theme song of Jay Corso, whose novel I am currently writing. He appears in a short story called "Gumbo Weather," which will appear in the Winter 2011 issue of Needle Magazine. By then I plan to have the first draft of the novel finished. "Problem Child" also fits him quite well, but this song builds up slowly to explosive rampage for the final third, and that's how the novel is structured. I've been told a few times with recent stories that I have a talent for building tension and sustaining it, and that's the plan with Jay's story. He is out of prison and is torn between "living well" (the best revenge, some say) and serving the dish cold to those who've done him wrong. Jay is my favorite kind of character, who tries to do the right thing, and not just for himself, but never foresees the consequences of his rash actions, and leaves a trail of destruction in his wake.
He'll be tackling my favorite targets: corrupt policemen, entitled power brokers, and bullies who were all "fucked up in their turn," as Philip Larkin's famous poem goes. No one is innocent and no one thinks they're the bad guy.

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