I’m proud to announce that my new novel, SCHMENDRICK
is now available in both paperback and ebook
versions from Poliwag Books
PayPal (link at Poliwag Books), and Amazon
. My main inspiration for writing the book is a photo I shot of my father back in 1978, on the rooftop of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Los Angeles. I can still remember that day.
The story is set in Los Angeles, California and takes place over a one-week time span. I began writing in April, 2015 with the goal of the book being published by November 10, 2017, which happens to be the 30th anniversary of the day my father passed away. Luckily, I met my self-imposed deadline by three weeks. I think my father would have liked the book.
As a photographer, I drew from the image bank in my head created during my trips to LA to both see my father and photo assistant work in 1981. These images were so vivid, that I felt compelled to employ them in the novel and to shoot a separate book titled California Dreaming
—I really was dreaming about California.
This cover blurb provides a taste of what the book’s about
Stanley Schmendrick has no idea why big-bosomed Mabel Johnson, the Heavy Chevys Latino gang, and transgender hellions from the Fosse’s Fighters dojo are all after mobster Rocky Organza’s record book-much less why they think he has it. For Stanley, trying to keep his pursuers at bay while going about his daily business of donating sperm, driving a taxi full of tipsy stewardesses, and staying on the right side of the law is a daunting task.
Fortunately, Stanley’s goldfish Jaws XV, sidekick Tony Aqua-Velva, and guardian angel Lieutenant Frank Columbo Jr., are there to help him navigate a week of weirdness. Along the way, the bad guys do all they can to thwart him-even going so far as to outfit Stanley with a transmitting testicle.
But never fear, for armed with a lasso, tabs of LSD, the ability to fly from the top of his head, Frank Sinatra albums, and a lifetime supply of birthday presents his mother never gave him, Stanley has all he needs to fight back-or so he hopes. Surfing legend Laird Hamilton, Olympian Bruce Jenner’s double, and even God lend a hand, but will it be enough for Stanley to survive and emerge a better man?
I look forward to receiving feedback from people who have read the book.