Time for another post about my newest publication. This one is a solo title, and was inspired by the Spaghetti Westerns of my youth. Inspired by, because it can’t actually be a western in the swamps of the American South. It’s also a post apocalyptic environment, so it was inspired by the spirit of these films.
To be honest with you, my elders all hated these films. They weren’t big on plot, spent an inordinate amount of time on long stares and minutia, and a lot of the dialog was a sequence of grunts. My family were more the John Wayne side of things than the Clint Eastwood side of things. I kind of enjoyed both versions, but tended to keep that quiet.
Spaghetti Westerns were full of stupid things, too. Things like who might have insulted a mule. You guys know I love my stupid things. Making a suit of plate armor to head into a gunfight was stupid, unless it actually worked.
I plunked my story into a post apocalyptic world. If there’s a little armor going on, it’s perfectly acceptable. People do stupid things, like a man who’s obsessed with improving the pipe organ at his church, or a kid who just wants to cruise for chicks if he only had a car.
Mine is a story of vengeance, a vendetta to be fulfilled, vigilante justice if you like. I admit to rewatching things like Hannie Caulder, and yes, Once Upon a Time in the West as I wrote it. I listened to Ennio Morricone on my headphones as I typed. I hope I did them justice, but also told my own tale in the spirit of what’s come before.
How about you guys? Do you ever look for inspiration in the work of others? Maybe you’re more Spielberg or Hitchcock in your stories. I find inspiration in everything and everywhere. You never know what I’m going to be motivated by.
I hope some of you (all of you) are tempted to check out Once Upon a Time in the Swamp. I’d appreciate anything you can do to spread the word, and even reviews help the world go ’round.
Blurb: Mari and her husband opted for a simple life as farmers. It’s been decades since the world tore itself apart, pitting neighbor against neighbor and family against each other. They were happy in this re-emerging world, until disaster struck.
Mari sets out on a solo quest to avenge the deaths of her family and loss of everything she holds dear. She’s ill equipped for the task, but seems to have time on her hands. Time alone in the wilderness to deal with her personal demons along the way.
She is helped by a few sympathetic elders and a couple of animal companions with lessons Mari can use if she pays attention. Can Mari find justice for her family?
Set in a post apocalyptic, Gulf Coast world, this is a story for fans of the old Spaghetti Westerns.
Get your copy right here https://mybook.to/OnceUponTimeSwamp