The Story Behind David S. Grant’s BLOOD: The New Red
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, the narrator, 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 ghostwriter than I did 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!
The writing style for this book is very minimalistic, little to no description, a straight telling of the story through the over moisturized and often drugged-out eyes of Mickey. The settings were often decided based on Mickey’s decisions in the book, no pre-set “this has to happen here then this” type scenarios, it was my intent to allow Mickey to do the driving and watch how everything unfolds. The other main characters, Paul and Sandy Johnson were interesting to create and make them appear very different on the outside, with a slow reveal showing that on the inside, they are in fact very similar. How do you create a story that has been told a million times before? Well, that’s the same problem facing the Johnson’s with their new line. The answer? To truly love you have to first destroy!
In addition to being a fast moving, fun book, there is a constant power struggle between those who run the fashion industry as well as those (like Mickey) who are employed. Mickey has been around the block, as an ex-model turned ex-porn star turned model, he has raised the bar of his once low moral bar. He is working hard to raise the bar, even if it barely gets lifted off the ground.
The publisher of BLOOD: The New Red is Offense Mechanisms, an imprint of Silverthought Press. This is my fourth book published with the Silverthought family and I am always pleased with the finished product. For this book I wanted a Grindhouse type feel for a cover. Artist, Joel Gwidt, did an amazing job (with little description provided from me.) Overall I feel this is my best work to date which is a great feeling for a writer on completion of their latest project.
For more information on BLOOD: The New Red please go to http://www.silverthought.com/blood/
David S. Grant is the author of ten books including Corporate Porn, Bleach|Blackout, Hollywood Ending, and Rock Stars. His latest novel, Blood: The New Red, is now available. David lives and writes his weekly rock, travel, and NBA columns from New York City. For more information go to http://www.davidsgrant.com Twitter: @david_s_grant