Days before the show Kung Fu Master turns up dead and there is an attempt on Mickey’s life. After a brief period of unconsciousness Mickey is back, is told that Juanita and brother Cheeks are now also dead and that he must continue with the show. After all, what would Steven Tyler do?
What inspired you to write it?
The story of Blood: The New Red really starts with one of my first books titled Corporate Porn that featured a model, named Mickey, turning to the adult movie industry for work.
After other writing projects I started thinking about Mickey and what if he was the main character, and what if he came back to New York to regain his career as a model. Is this interesting? It was for me. Throw in fashion week, a pair of competitive designers, and Oprah on the runway, and I was all in! Given the initial thought that went into this tale the story wrote itself. At times I felt more like a ghost writer than an author. This also explains the break-neck speed of the book, moving from neighborhood-to-neighborhood and psychiatrist-to-psychiatrist, bridged only by drugs, low morals, and chainsaws!
What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
I don’t know that there is one “thing,” but more a concept: Reading can be enjoyable! Blood: The New Red is a quick read that explores a dark side of New York City and hopefully makes you laugh. You’ve got the fashion industry, an ex-porn star turned model, and Oprah on a runway with chainsaws. I mean, what else do you want?
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If you could meet any writer (living or dead) who would it be?
Charles Bukowski. We would meet in a dive bar in West Hollywood, drink several pints, and talk writing. Given Bukowski’s distaste for discussing his craft and penchant for bar fights, the night would probably end with my butt getting kicked, stuck with the bill, and no memory.
What is up next for you?
I continue to write rock columns (MetalUnderground.com, SleazeRoxx.com), travel narratives (TravelMag.co.uk), and an NBA column (ProBasketball-fans.com) on a weekly basis. I am also working on another novel titled The Devil Wears Black Leather, as well as a couple non-fiction works centered on rock bands and fear and loathing of travel.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Thank you for having me. For more information on my writing please go to http://www.davidsgrant.com or Twitter: @david_s_grant