It’s about a profoundly stupid man who finds himself king of a vast kingdom. In fact, that's his name -- the King. It’s best not to look too deeply into this.
His royal advisor encourages him to find a wife, so that an heir might be produced. Despite initial reluctance, the King starts to yearn for love. The book is divided into four parts, and in each one he screws up spectacularly with a different woman.
How did you get the idea for this book?
Other than a fraught love life?
The seed of the book came to me in high school, while walking from the school bus to my house -- this was seven years ago or so. It was a scene in which a man demands a woman remove his heart with a scalpel, as she has broken it. She refuses, of course. I decided it would be comedic melodrama, and fun to write.
That became the climax of a short story I titled “The King of Hearts.” The next year, I followed it up with two sequels -- “The King of Diamonds” and “The King of Spades” --and when a local contest deadline rolled around, I decided to turn them all into a novel. And yes, I know four kings don’t make a royal flush. Anyway, I’ve been editing the book ever since.
Is this your first book? If not, what else have you written?
It’s my second of three. The first was a science fiction novel I wrote in high school and never gave a name. In fact, I haven’t done anything with it beyond the first draft -- I may, one day.
The third is about a writer who works in a grocery store, called Taking Stock. I recently completed the fifth draft, and I hope to release it halfway through 2013.
When did you start writing? Do you have any advice for beginning writers?
If you’re anything like me, anyway.
Why did you decide to write a book in this genre?
Because it allowed me to make up my own world and my own nonsensical rules to go with it. That worked out really well, because at the time I knew pretty much zip about the real world.
Do you plan a sequel or future books?
This question is particularly interesting for me to answer. I don’t believe I’ve discussed this publicly before.
I am planning a direct sequel. But Royal Flush is also related to the book I’m working on now (Taking Stock), in that the main character in the latter is writing the former throughout the book. And his writing it has consequences for the plot, of course. I get a real kick out of myself, by the way. I don’t know if that’s coming through or not.
Do you have a website? How can we order this book?
I do! My book’s website is http://www.batshite.com/royalflush.
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