Saturday, August 24, 2019

#75 Inside the Emotion of Fiction's "THE BIG CRESCENDO" by Jonathan Brown

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****Jonathan Brown’s The Big Crescendo is #75 in a never-ending series called INSIDE THE EMOTION OF FICTION where the Chris Rice Cooper Blog (CRC) focuses on one specific excerpt from a fiction genre and how that fiction writer wrote that specific excerpt.  All INSIDE THE EMOTION OF FICTION links are at the end of this piece. 

Name of fiction work? And were there other names you considered that you would like to share with us? It is titled: THE BIG CRESCENDO…A Lou Crasher Mystery.
The original title was: Fired Up but as the book progressed I realized I wanted to have a musical term in the title. The reason being is that my protagonist is a working rock n roll drummer turned amateur P.I. As a result I’m going to keep up with the music/drumming titles. For example book two in the series shall be: DON’T SHOOT THE DRUMMER.

Has this been published? And it is totally fine if the answer is no. If yes, what publisher and what publication date? The book comes out in November 2019 on Down and Out Books.
What is the date you began writing this piece of fiction and the date when you completely finished the piece of fiction? Late 2015 is when the early scenes and vignettes hatched then it was finished in mid 2017.

Where did you do most of your writing for this fiction work? And please describe in detail. And can you please include a photo? My kitchen table is where most of what I hope readers will consider magic happened ha ha! Then there is our (my wife and my) studio/gym, which is a converted garage. (Right) I built some cabinets and a little desk where I work sometimes. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention an array of coffee shops (yes I’m that guy, sadly) and last…my truck. I always keep notebooks with me and ideas often invade when I’m driving so I’ll either hit the mic button on my phone or pull over and get the idea down.

What were your writing habits while writing this work- did you drink something as you wrote, listen to music, write in pen and paper, directly on laptop; specific time of day? I hope you’re cool with another long answer. I write at different times of day due to my day job. I teach drums and I’m personal trainer so I often write between lessons/sessions. Being that I’m a drummer I try and write to music whenever possible. Here’s where it gets kooky. If at night and it’s an action scene or hip dialog I’ll listen to rock mostly and sometimes funk. If I have a drink it will be beer. However, when the mood strikes or it’s an emotional or sex scene I’ll go classical with Chopin (usually) and have a glass of wine or scotch (The Macallan if anybody’s Christmas or birthday shopping).
If it’s early morning writing as in 4:30 am there’s usually no music. (Don’t want to wake the wife right?) But if I must I’ll put headphones on. For beverage it will be tea, as I quit coffee three years ago.
When it comes to getting the words down it’s 60% laptop and 40% handwritten.

What is the summary of this specific fiction work? Journeyman drummer Lou Crasher works at the Practice Joint, a low-rent rehearsal space for bands in L.A. Being black and a transplant from Vancouver Canada Lou finds L.A. to be a trip. The day Angela walked into his shop the wisecracking drummer fell head over heels on sight. One night the ‘Joint’ gets burglarized and a bunch of bands including Angela’s get their gear stolen. Lou sees his shot: get the gear, get the girl!
Lou offers to find the gear and with a beat up 1965 Mustang and a couple bucks in his pocket he hits the pavement. What seems will be a walk in the park quickly heats up as Lou gets mixed up with a dangerous gear theft gang and a small but deadly drug cartel. Toss in a coke addicted celebrity music producer, a priceless beautifully crafted decades old musical instrument and that’s Lou’s new world. Not to mention Angela the girl of his rock n roll dreams may not be who she says she is. Lou’s only hope is to maintain his wits, his cocktails to a minimum and his wisecracks to a dull roar.

Can you give the reader just enough information for them to understand what is going on in the excerpt? Hmm well, I think the excerpt sort of says it all. I’ll add that this is the first time Lou Crasher meets Angela at his place of business, The L.A. Practice Joint. As you can see Lou’s a tad less than smooth at first blush.

Please include the excerpt and include page numbers as reference. The excerpt can be as short or as long as you prefer. As of this awesome interview the excerpt is chapter 2, page 13.
I opened my eyes to see one of the most beautiful African-American women that I’d ever seen standing in front of me. But who was I kidding? She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, period. Her dark ringlets cascaded over her slender shoulders like a gentle waterfall. Her eyes were a sharper green than mine, and much prettier. When she smiled they nearly disappeared into tiny little slits. Perfect teeth beamed through slightly parted sensuous lips that danced up to her dimpled cheeks. This was pure insanity. She had the kind of face that I wanted to see more of. It was also a face that made fashion photographers cancel the makeup artist before a photo shoot. Into their cell phones they chuckle, “She doesn’t need any darn make up. Take the day off.”
There she stood, more beautiful than Nefertiti. Her tank top exposed tight abs and toned arms. A tiny lime green cell phone poked out of the pocket of her nice-fitting faded Levi’s. She laughed as I stood and knocked my Pepsi into the garbage, which naturally hadn’t been emptied, so the drink bounced off the debris, hit the floor and soaked into the dirty rug. Her laugh, which was another part of her I could get used to, rang out. It was like an intro to a Chopin piece played upon a finely-tuned Steinway.

Why is this excerpt so emotional for you? And can you describe your own emotional experience of writing this specific excerpt? I can’t say this excerpt is emotional so much but it was a blast to write. To get there all I had to do was go back to my elementary/ early high school days (Right) to a time when a crush on a girl was a monumental event, especially if you felt the girl was out of your league. And back in the day pre-any-confidence-at-all 95% of the girls were out of my league ha ha! With that frame of mind I stuck Lou right in the middle of it and put him through what I’d been through so many times before…back in the early days.


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