Mr. Bad Example is almost here!
I wanted to take this opportunity to tell people a little about this book. I don't want anyone to have the wrong idea about what this book is about. I want everyone to be excited for the in your face novel Mr. Bad Example is!
This is not a horror novel. I have written a lot of horror stories and things that are very horrific, but this is not one of them. It is only scary in the same way that everyday life can be terrifying. It falls more under the general fiction umbrella. There are no monsters here, but it is rich with sex, drugs, rock n roll and other fine family values!
This book is influenced heavily by Charles Bukowski's Women, Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler and the Showtime original series Californication. I also took inspiration from a couple Chuck Klosterman books.
Sadly, Mr. Bad Example shares similarities with Tucker Max's I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell and Average American Male by Chad Kultgen. I don't care for either of these books, but there is something about them that is raw and honest. I wanted to capture the raw honesty, but I wanted my book to have unforgettable characters and a deeper story. I also tried to make the women in Mr. Bad Example strong and more independent.
Another difference between my new book and the books it could be compared to is that Mr. Bad Example is straight fiction. Nothing in this book draws from my real life. This is a work of fiction. There may be a few characters that are loosely based on people in my life, but that is where it ends.
Music was also a big inspiration on this story. A lot of bands could play like a soundtrack to Mr. Bad Example including: Bob Dylan, The Modern Lovers, Tom Waits, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket, The Velvet Underground, Violent Femmes, The Ramones and obviously Warren Zevon. These are just a few of the artist I listened to while I was writing this book. They are all some of my favorites and their influences are all over this book.
It took me a few years to focus on this project and produce the book I wanted to read. I think that everyone who enjoyed Happy Hours Blues will like this. It maintains the same character driven storytelling. It's also my hope that the people who enjoy my influences will enjoy this book.
I have been lucky to have had the support of a great editor on this project. I'm also lucky to have a publisher that was willing to let me run with my wild ideas. I'm very thankful for them.
I am proud of this book and I'm happy to release it as my first official novel.
For those about to read, I salute you!
J. Travis Grundon