Charles invited me over today to talk about my newest book, The Playground. My 30 days are up, so I can hold a 99¢ sale now, and I’m doing this to help move a few more copies.
I wanted to write something using epistolary style. This is where old documents and manuscripts help reveal part of the story. I pondered on various plots for a long time, but nothing quite jelled for me.
Then an old movie called Pulp Fiction came on the television. I liked the idea of interwoven stories that helped tell a bigger story. This led me into a research binge that involved more Tarantino films, and some Frank Miller comics and movies.
And so we have The Playground. It involves a power-mad businessman who created a social network for children. He placed the devices inside dolls, action figures, and plush toys to have even more appeal to our children. His master plan is to brainwash all of them into his own personal army. When things don’t move fast enough, he turns to the occult for a bit of assistance.
Chloe represents the victims in this story. Her tale involves getting a Playground Network doll for Christmas. I included all the familiar hubbub about when a toy goes viral at Christmas time. She meets other kids on her downward spiral who are further along in the process. This helps drive the stakes for the other characters.
When the next phase of software goes missing, the businessman hires a veteran thug to help him retrieve it. Clovis is brutal and efficient in his methods. He gets a bit of character arc in the story, and I actually wound up liking him by the end. He’s seasoned, not afraid to get his hands dirty, and has a head start on our heroine.
Gina is a doctor who survived cancer. She gave up her practice and is working in end-of-life care for those less fortunate than her. Her story takes a turn for the bizarre when she is intentionally given a unique parasite. This parasite gives her the ability to see into the other side. Fairies, demons, ghosts, it’s all real. The parasite is administered to by a secret society, and she has a little bit of help to make the adjustment.
Three interwoven stories help tell a larger tale involving a chase for the missing software. Can Gina beat Clovis to the missing thumb drive, on streets he’s all too familiar with? Will she make a difference in time to save Chloe and the other children.
For the smashing good price of 99¢ you can find out. Call me superstitious, but the 99¢ sale runs from May 7th through May 11th.
About the Author
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.
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Check out my novels here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ILXBXUY
On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack