So, I’m sorry to say, I will not be blogging the Los Angeles Film Noir Festival this year. For the first time in I don’t even know how many years, I will be unable to attend every single night of Noir City. I will still be there for opening and closing nights, and will try to catch one or two other shows if possible, depending on how well the daily word count goes, but it’s just not the same.
I can’t tell you how heartbroken I am over this. This is my annual celluloid vacation, an event I look forward to all year. I also love being able to share the experience with my readers and provide running ringside commentary on rare films that you may never have heard about otherwise.
So weigh in, Noir Hounds. If you could only see one or two of these shows, which ones would you choose?
If she's had the surgery and ongoing hormone therapy for more than two years (she has) then it seems like any "masculine" advantage would be cancelled out, wouldn't it? After all, isn't testosterone what makes a man who weights 144 lbs stronger than a woman at the same weight? I certainly don't think a match between Fox and a person with a system full of testosterone (natural or artificial) would be a fair fight. Put her in a match against fellow featherweight Cristiane Cyborg Santos and she'd probably lose. Why? Because she has less testosterone in her system than the steroid-enhanced Cyborg.
Sadly, I think actual science has very little to do with most people's reactions to Fox. I also think that it would be very easy for sour grapes opponents to claim that they lost because Fox is transgendered and not because she trains harder or because she's a better fighter. And I can't help but wonder what people's reactions would be to a transgendered male fighter.
I don't know about you, but I'm in Fallon Fox's corner. I say, let her fight!
What do you think?
"In other books, (the danger) is an entire culture—California’s porn movie industry in Christa Faust’s Money Shot"
I think that's a little misleading. The entire porn biz isn't the "danger" in the story, it's really just a few bad guys connected to sex slave trafficking. The porn business itself is portrayed, I thought, in a very balanced way, populated (like every business) by all different kinds of people, good, bad, or somewhere in between. Angel has both positive and negative feelings and experiences in the industry. I hate to think that someone would read that book and come away with the idea that the porn industry is inherently bad or dangerous.
Or am I maybe misreading the author's intentions with this line? Thoughts?
My best friend and trusty sidekick NoirDog Butch has been with me 11 years today.
When I was researching head trauma and CTE (known in the fight game as Punch Drunk Syndrome) for my novel CHOKE HOLD, I became aware of the Sports Legacy Institute founded by former pro wrestler and college football player Chris “Harvard” Nowinski. I’m proud to say that I was able to raise almost $1000 for concussion research by auctioning off an advanced copy of the book.
Now I’m not a football fan, but I know that today is a big day for people who are. So I’m asking all you football fans out there (and non-fans too) to please consider making a donation to this worthy cause today. Even if it’s just a tenth of your beer budget for the night. Think of it as pouring one out for our dead homies. Guys like Andre Waters, Cookie Gilchrist and Greg Lens. Guys who, like fighters and pro wrestlers, willingly sacrificed their bodies and brains for your entertainment.
Click here to donate now.
And enjoy the game knowing that you helped fund research and encourage policy changes that will protect young athletes and future superbowl participants for years to come.
When I was brainstorming ideas for Olivia's prequel, I was inspired by a question posed online by fans:
"Why is Olivia unable to tell John Scott she loves him?"
Answering this question ultimately became the emotional heart of book 2.
(edited to add: Just to clarify and avoid misunderstanding, book 2 is not about Olivia's relationship with John Scott. It's about her teen years and what happens to her that makes her unable to commit to a serious relationship later in life.)
So tell me, what other burning questions about Olivia and Peter's background/early life would you like to see answered in their respective books?
(edited again to add: These books are officially licensed tie novels. Click for more info.)
Post your questions here, and while I can't promise that every single one will be explicitly addressed in the books (since all story elements are ultimately subject to approval by Bad Robot) I'd really love to hear what's on your minds.
I finally got the go ahead from my editor to spill the beans on the top-secret tie-in project that has eaten my life over the past few months.
That’s right, Faustketeers, it’s FRINGE.
For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s kind of an X-Files-style science fiction series in which a female FBI agent teams up with a (literally) mad scientist and his reluctant, ne’er-do-well son to investigate an escalating plague of weird, unexplained phenomena.
I’ve been hired to write three prequels, each centered around one of the three main characters. The first, called THE ZODIAC PARADOX, features Walter, the scientist, along with William Bell and Nina Sharp in 1974. The second THE BURNING MAN, features Olivia, the FBI agent, as a teenager in 1995. (This is the book I’m working on right now.) The third and still untitled book will feature Peter, the scientist’s son, during his shady, gray-market dealings in 2008, just before the start of the first season.
Will post more details as they become available.
Edited to add: My first Fringe book doesn't seem to be available for pre-order yet but the second one is. You can also read more about them both here.
So I’ve been tagged in this kind of group question-asking recommendation chain called THE NEXT BIG THING. Authors answer questions about their work and then “tag” other writers to do the same. I got sucked into it by Alex Sokoloff, who tagged me along with Wallace Stroby, Michelle Gagnon and Zoe Sharp. (Click their names to read each of their entries.)
Here are my answers:
1) What’s the title or working title of your new/next book?
I’ve got several media tie-in projects in the works right now, none of which I’m able to post about yet, but my most recent book is the first of my lesbian private eye series Butch Fatale: Dyke Dick. It’s called Double D Double Cross. There’s a second Butch Fatale book in the works as well.
2) Where did the idea for the book come from?
I’ve had this idea in my pocket for years. I’m a avid fan of vintage hardboiled pulp and I’ve always wanted take that traditionally hypermasculine genre and give it my own modern spin. So I created a classic, old-school private dick who just happens to have a vagina. That’s how Butch Fatale was born.
3) What genre is your book?
Pure hardboiled pulp. With a generous helping of erotica on the side.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? Or TV series?
Hollywood doesn’t really have much room for females who identify as masculine of center, so it would be pretty hard to cast a well known actress as Butch Fatale. However, I was thrilled with this video put together for my book trailer contest by a young LA actor named Max.
As far as I’m concerned, the part is hers!
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Butch Fatale is a fast-talking, skirt-chasing, two-fisted lesbian private investigator with an insatiable appetite for two things — women and trouble.
That pretty much says it all.
6) Is/will your book be self-published or traditionally published?
This series is really a labor of love without much in the way of blockbuster, mainstream appeal. Since I’ve already published more than ten novels the old-fashion way, publishing the series myself in eBook form seemed like the ideal option for this project. I also did a successful kickstarter campaign to raise money for a special, limited paper edition of the first and second books bound back-to-back in the old “Ace Double” style. I like to call it the 69 edition. Of course, work on the series has been slow going, due to all the tie-in work I’ve had to take on in order to pay the bills. But I tinker with it whenever I can, as a way to relax and have a bit of fun on the side.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first book, about six or eight weeks. This second one is going slower, due to my current heavy workload, but I really want these books to reflect that quick and dirty pulp aesthetic. I don’t want to be polishing each sentence for years and years. That’s part of what makes it fun.
8) What other books within the genre would you compare this story to?
You can see the clear influence of Richard Prather in the series, particularly the comedic elements. Like Prather’s famous dick Shell Scott, Butch is tough and smooth with the ladies, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See #8 for the who. For the what I’d say that I was tired of reading hardboiled crime novels in which LGBT characters are either comic relief or villains. I wanted to create a queer hero.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
Did I mention the sex? It’s dirty. Real dirty.
I'm not going to tag anyone else with this, but I will ask you readers to share your own recommendations of favorite vintage hardboiled detective novels. I'll start with one of mine: STRIP FOR MURDER by Richard Prather.