Mick Trubble has two major problems: a past that he can’t remember, and a price on his head. So when a mysterious dame shows up with a proposition to recover some stolen goods, it’s all in a day’s work for a man with nothing to lose.
But this is New Haven, where nothing is as it seems. In this dystopian melting pot of desperate citizens, the rich dwell above in flying vehicles and bright lights, while the disadvantaged fight over the remains in the gritty streets. There are secrets buried behind sealed doors and the minds of men and women who won’t hesitate to kill in order to protect them.
So when Mick’s case uncovers a conspiracy that threatens the entire populace, he has to rely on his connection, allies, and sheer cunning in order to put the pieces together. He’ll need all the luck he can get to keep from catching a case of the New Haven Blues.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Because of the mixed genres, it’s hard to find a book to compare it to. But I’d say it’s the voice of the main character that stands out. Mick Trubble is a direct throwback to the private eye characters of the 30s pulp and noir tales, but the trick was to make him authentic in a futuristic setting. The story is told in first person, so the reader basically goes on a ride with Mick Trubble, exploring the hazy, dangerous streets of New Haven and discovering secrets about both the city and Mick himself.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Stay committed. It’s a crazy time in publishing, whether you’re traditionally published or going at it on your own like myself. Authors today have to understand marketing and promotion in able to make our brand stand out from so many others. It’s a touch balancing act, and those who aren’t in for the long haul won’t make it. Writing an exceptional story is only the first step. The journey is what you do afterward to get it in front of readers eager for what you’ve written.
Bard was born in Chicago, raised in Southern California, and currently resides in Birmingham, Al. But where he really resides is in the worlds that he creates in his writing. A writer of gritty futures and far-flung fantasy, he decided to concentrate on publishing when he approached the age of thirty. Although he writes in several genres, his hallmark character is Mick Trubble: the rugged, wisecracking protagonist of The Troubleshooter novels.
The Troubleshooter is the flagship title of Bard’s expanding Havenworld universe, in which humanity dwells in city-sized constructs called Havens to survive a terrifying Cataclysm that nearly wiped out life on earth. Further exploration of other Havens in this world will be coming soon.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It started off as an exercise -trying to see how far I could write if I just go without thinking about the direction of the story. Needless to say, it went much better than I anticipated. The concept was to take the look and feel of film noir style and bring it into a dystopian, sci fi future. In short, it’s Bogart meets Blade Runner.
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