Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I am anxiously awaiting the release of my debut novel, Tecker, which is due out in the middle of 2011. I believe that the topic matter, bullying, is timely as instances of bullying around the country are becoming more and more publicized. My protagonist, Robbie Toe, is a victim of a false accusation -- one slung by a nasty fourteen year old girl named Blue Jean who finds the whole affair amusing to say the least. In no time, the police and the townspeople get behind Blue Jean's story, and Robbie Toe is callously tossed in jail. During the research process, I discovered stories of so many men, young and old, who were victims of such accusations. My novel takes a unique approach to the subject by making the bully a highly sexualized girl and the victim a dim-witted, though good-hearted young man, thereby widening the scope of how bullying can look.