Today, I’m happy to host MichaelOffutt, a wonderful blogging buddy. His second book Oculus is out! Haven’t read it yet and I really wanted to cheat, but I hear I should read Slipstream first. Here’s Mike…
This election year, we saw a lot of talk about the 1%--those Americans who are fabulously wealthy. Because I’m not wealthy but have always wished that I was, I wanted Jordan (my protagonist) to come face-to-face with this in the book Oculus and to experience some of its benefits. I have to say, I really enjoyed myself.
Jordan befriends Andy Callahan who plays another forward on his hockey team. Over Thanksgiving, they fly to LaGuardia and then get taken by a Goldman Sachs helicopter to Andy’s parent’s house in Sagoponack which is in the Hamptons out on Long Island.
I absolutely loved reading about the homes out in the Hamptons, paging through full color spreads of the unimaginably wealthy, looking at their kitchens and the way their Christmas trees looked, and I thought “this TOTALLY needs to go into my book.” It’s very “Martha Stewart” or “Thomas Kincaid” in places, and I think that I’m going to continue the trend through the next book (at least in part) as I give Jordan the Christmas that I never had.
This includes a trip to FAO Schwartz, seeing the huge Christmas Tree in Rockefeller plaza, and a full on really special Christmas Eve that takes place in an awesome Hamptons mansion with snow on the pines outside and brilliantly colored paper covering mysterious presents under a huge tree. It goes without saying there there’ll be a huge fireplace, hot cocoa, and lots of cheery faces.
Anyway, that life of the super rich is as much “fantasy” and “science fiction” to me as the paranormal element that I write about. In other words, neither will actually ever be real for me in my life. But it is a lot of fun to daydream. And I guess in our hearts, all writers are just dreamers.
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