When a travelling salesman finds a town that’s not on the map, he must choose between romance and a long-held promise of untold riches.
Beckman Spiers is a grey man in a grey world—and he’s happy with that.
After 12 years of routine and grind, he’s again fighting to become Number One Salesman of the Year. Legend has it, Number Ones get so rich, they never work again. With a week to go, Beckman is gaining on his nemesis, smooth-talking Tyler Quittle.
When a chance blowout on a deserted Arizona highway leaves Beckman stranded, the mysterious Saul arrives, and tows him to the strange neon-lit town of Sunrise. Here, he meets the glamorous Lolita Milan and his fortunes change.
Yet, Sunrise’s small-town charms conceal secrets, and his world becomes one of private investigators and backstabbing business deals.
What will he have to do to reach Number One? And what will he do if he wins the race?
In this comedic, stylistic, and mysterious story, meet the most unique characters and get pulled into the colourful world of Sunrise.
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MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
1. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I wrote my first book in 1992, and enjoyed the process, but I don’t remember thinking ‘I want to be an author’, or try to make a career out of it.
In 2004 I quit a full time job to try to devote time to writing, and hopefully ‘make it’ as a screenwriter or novelist. It didn’t work out, but it set my path to being a videographer and editor. It also freed up more time to write books.
2. What inspired you to write this book?
The idea was conceived in about 2004, when I was writing screenplays. The influences were the black comedies – and the quirky writing, character names and visuals – of the Coen Brothers.
The story owes something to Doc Hollywood, but the trigger for the use of the main character’s struggle between black & white and colour vision was brilliant crazy inventiveness of the 1989 Italian comedy “The Icicle Thief”.
3. If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
When a travelling salesman finds a town that doesn’t exist, he must choose between romance and a long-held promise of untold riches.
4. What are you up to next?
2022’s key projects are a dystopian drama and a new romantic comedy. Having finished the Sunrise trilogy, I wanted to have a new humorous project to work on. This will be my first book set in the UK and takes its inspiration from a very minor scene device in one episode of Greys Anatomy.
The dystopian drama is a new genre for me, and is based on an old idea I had for a stage play. As such, it’s a very confined piece, and highly character driven – probably my biggest writing challenge to date.
5. Who is your biggest inspiration?
My inspirations differ from book to book and genre to genre.
Iain M Banks was my inspiration for my 2012 sci-fi book – expansive plot and very florid, descriptive prose. For my collection of absurd humour short stories, it was Woody Allen’s prose book. For my historical romance, the idea was catalysed by the film “Unforgiven”, but the writing bolstered by reading Frances Itani’s “Deafening”.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’ve been a multi-genre author since 1991.
My favourite work to date is 2019’s Tow Away Zone, a quirky American small-town romantic black comedy. It’s been well-received by readers, with 5* reviews on Amazon.
In 2020 I published the sequel – Go Away Zone. In 2021 I’m completing the trilogy.
My sci-fi journey started with space opera “Scared Ground” being available on Kindle in 2012.
In 2018 I published my 2nd sci-fi novel – Imperfect Isolation – which embraces robotics, asteroid mining and a snowy drive in an 80-year-old Porsche 911.
The sequel, Reprisals, followed in 2019. In early 2021 I released the 3rd instalment, Trip Hazard.
I’m currently editing a reflective Western. It explores prejudice against the deaf community and the Native Americans, as a man struggles to reconnect with his lost son and come to terms with his own failings.
I’ve written a collection of offbeat humorous stories and vignettes in the style of early Woody Allen prose. The Real Jamie Oliver and Other Stories is basically a window into my nonsensical side.
I also write pantomime & stage drama scripts. I’ve had 8 works performed and reached a total audience of over 5000 to date.
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