This week's Spotlight on Author is on Mickey J. Corrigan.
The Hard Stuff and Me
Mickey J. Corrigan
As a fiction writer, I am often asked if I have experienced what my characters go through in my stories, novellas and novels.
The short answer is no. Not even close.
For one thing, my protagonists love to drink. I like a glass of Malbec or Cab, a pint of dark beer, but I sure can't toss down the cocktails like my characters can. I'd never be able to write the next day. I am, in short, a booze wimp.
I also have no experience with hallucinogenic drugs. I have never been a hooker. I do not have a sugar daddy. Nor have I committed con jobs, slept with my boss, or dated a sex offender.
My life is so boring! Which is why I write about the kinds of characters that most amuse me. They get themselves into deep shit, then crawl out again. Or not. They drink until they drop, then suffer the consequences. They fall in love with the wrong guy. Over and over again, until their hearts hurt as much as their hungover heads.
And me? I sit at a computer and imagine the worst messes that adventurous, crazy and funny women could possibly get into. And then I try to find a way to rescue them from themselves.
Occasionally, I may have a drink to celebrate their recovery. Cheers!
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan lives and writes and gets into trouble in South Florida, where the men run guns and the women run after them. The tropics provide a lush, steamy setting for hot Florida pulp. Recent books include the edgy novellas in The Hard Stuff series from the Wild Rose Press: Whiskey Sour Noir, Vodka Warrior, Mai Tail Guy (a free read) and the new novella Tequila Dirty. In this twisted story, a good cop meets a bad girl. And wishes he hadn't.
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Blurb for Tequila Dirty:
Something bad has happened (again) in Dusky Beach. And Rita Deltone, a tough talking waitress from Lemon Run, Florida, is smack in the middle of it. She's being interviewed while all trussed up, lying there in the stark white room with a bandage on her head. She knows all too well the dirt road she took to get down so low, but she takes the long way around in the telling.
Liam Donell is the new detective in town. His partner is on vacation so he has to handle all the dirty work. But this Rita chick is pretty cute. He's not making the best decisions regarding the case, then it turns real ugly.
An unlikely couple, Rita and Liam try to make the best of a bad situation. With hot, hilarious, and surprising results.