Guest Blog: Jim Winter


So why Road Rules? Why not revisit Nick Kepler?

A couple of reasons. First off, I’ve written three Kepler novels on contract, only to have the publisher go out of business six weeks before the second book was to ship. That sort of takes the wind out of your sails when you’ve written not one, but three manuscripts only to have the rug pulled out from under you. So it’s been very hard for me to get back to Kepler in a meaningful way.

The other thing was a dare. I’d had the idea for a road trip caper for a while, but I wanted to focus on “more serious” stuff. Then I got prodded into NaNoWriMo.  Every November, writers attempt to create a 50,000 word minimum novel in 30 days. Did I want to do it? Yes, I did. So I spent a few months outlining it, trying to figure out all the elements. Some were pre-existing elements – Timmy Mason, Andre the Giant.  Some didn’t come about until I outlined the novel, like Julian Franco. Since a NaNoWriMo novels rarely get published, I didn’t take it seriously.

And that, friends and neighbors, made this one easy to write.  When you’re doing it for yourself, all the pressure disappears. So did it work?

It landed me an agent. It actually made it to the editorial boards of two or three major publishers. When my agent couldn’t get past that point, I decided to take advantage of the ebook revolution.

And now we come full circle. Follow a hapless repo man, one determined ex-PI, and a luckless insurance underwriter to sleepy Savannah, GA. It has sex and drugs. You supply the rock and roll while you read.