I won't spoil the plot, but essentially it's about a group of writers who attempt to get a bloody and gruesome revenge against a nasty book reviewer, one who has ruined their careers with his scathing criticisms of their books. His name is Nestor Maronski and he also goes by ol' Nessie (much to his chagrin) or 'the fat bastard'.
So last evening, after the launch of the story on Amazon, my wife asked me about my day. When I was done talking (Well, to be fair, it was before I was finished talking--he's two) my little boy looked up from his roast chicken and rice and said, "Who's Maria?"
Not knowing I would have to seriously skirt the issue of a fat man getting avenged in a bloody and horrible way, I answered his question. And so began a very uncomfortable conversation.
"Maria's a woman from England that Daddy wrote a story with."
"What kind of story?"
"A story about a big, bad man."
"Why he's big, Daddy?"
"He's a big, big man -- like you, Daddy."
"Well. He's bigger than me, actually."
"Bigger than you?"
"Why he's so big?"
"Uh. Jeepers, buddy, you gonna eat your chicken?"
"Uh-huh. Why dis big man SOOOO baaaad?"
"Why he's bad, Daddy?"
"Well. Uh. He did some things that made a lot of people very angry."
"What kind things make peepul angry?"
"Uh. He said something that wasn't nice."
"What peepul do to him?"
"Uh. Well, let's just say there are consequences for the big man's actions."
"What kind 'consee-kences'?"
And with that I told him he could have a cookie if he finished his chicken. The topic of Maria and the big, bad man was forgotten (for now) and I breathed a heavy sigh of relief as my little boy devoured his chicken with anticipation for what was promised next.
For those of you who would like to know what the 'consee-kences' were for the big, bad man, check out "Cutting The Fat" at Amazon. Maria and I would both love to hear any feedback. Leave a review, comment or get in touch with one of us and it would totally make our day.
And, by the way, did I mention my relief actually cost two cookies?