Death in Nostalgia City

By Mark S. Bacon

My love affair with Fat Ass Sammy Grick

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by Patricia Stoltey, mystery writer and guest columnist

Thanks so much for letting me visit your website, Mark. You’ve given me a chance to tell your readers about a bittersweet experience I had while writing Dead Wrong.

When I recruited Fat Ass Sammy Grick to be the bad guy in my first standalone suspense novel, I had no idea I was going to become so attached I’d have a hard time letting him go.

Many women, of course, are drawn to bad boys. But we think of devilish risk-taking characters–handsome guys with bedroom eyes, a little dangerous but not bad enough to do us harm, except perhaps to our hearts.

Patricia Stoltey

Patricia Stoltey

Sammy? Sammy wasn’t handsome. He had an ugly glare and a temper that flared at whoever was handy when he made one of his frequent stupid mistakes. To tell the truth, he was a nasty good-for-very-little thug. And I loved him from the very beginning.

I decided to write a multiple point of view novel and give Sammy a voice. He seemed a worthy adversary for Lynnette, a woman already on the run. She had no idea she was about to tangle with such a despicable lowlife.

And I had no idea I was going to get so attached to Sammy. He was like my inner creep who needed to get out and flex his muscles. When I wrote Sammy’s chapters, I became one with Sammy.

Sammy cussed. He cussed a lot. I began to mumble his dialogue as I typed. It felt good.

Some of Sammy’s actions caused Lynnette to react in unpredictable ways. I liked seeing her handle those twists and turns, so I gave Sammy free rein.

When Sammy’s gangster boss interrupted the action and sent Sammy into a tailspin, I watched and marveled as the big lug figured out what to do next.

DeadWrongFront 264x408As the story progressed, I began asking, “What would Sammy do?”

Wait! Sammy was not supposed to be the main character of Dead Wrong.

The story was about Lynnette. I should have been asking, “What would Lynnette do?”

I finally came to my senses. I had fallen in love with the antagonist. It was time to break it off before I ended up with a manuscript worthy only of cross-cut shredding.

I wanted to let Sammy down easy, but with a temper like his, I had to be careful. I tiptoed around and hinted a little, then finally cut the ties. It was as hard on me as it was on him.

I’m well into a new manuscript now, and so far I’ve managed to control myself and my characters a little better. I hope this means less revising when the first draft is finished. I’d hate to go through another breakup like the one with Sammy. I still miss him. I miss him a lot.

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Patricia Stoltey is the author of two amateur sleuth mysteries from Five Star/Cengage, The Prairie Grass Murders and The Desert Hedge Murders, now available as ebooks. Dead Wrong (www.amazon.com/Dead-Wrong-Patricia-Stoltey/dp/1432829866/) was released by Five Star Nov. 19, 2014.

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To learn more about Patricia and her novels, visit her website (http://patriciastoltey.com) and blog (http://patriciastoltey.blogspot.com/). She can also be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/patricia.stoltey), Twitter (https://twitter.com/PStoltey), Google+   (https://plus.google.com/u/0/115494264819086899639/posts), and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1105939.Patricia_Stoltey).

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9 thoughts on “My love affair with Fat Ass Sammy Grick

  1. Dean K Miller

    Come on April, you have to spill the beans on Fat Ass Sammy and Patricia! You’ve got the dirt. I know it. And I know Pat’s a tough cookie to crack, so this is as much as she’ll ever let on. Great post Pat and I will be deep into “Dead Wrong” soon.

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    1. Patricia Stoltey

      Dean, thanks so much! I do hope you enjoy the book.I’ll probably find another guy like Sammy, real life or fictional. But that may be a good thing.

      And thanks extra bunches for linking to this post from your blog. You’re awesome!

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  2. April Moore

    This is fantastic, Pat. Lucky enough to be in the same critique group with you, I got to witness the torrid love affair first hand. I’ll admit, I was a little jealous ;-) Congrats on the book!

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