Saturday, October 11, 2014

How I Came to Write This Story: Nick Andreychuk

Being a Buffalo Sabres fan, the traditional thing to do after the games is go out for hot wings, and some of the best places for wings are the darkest, dingiest places that only the locals know to frequent. Inside of which you’ll usually find the typical sports pub televisions or perhaps a live jazz act. These establishments are invariably noisy, with the patrons’ attentions focused on their wings, their booze, and the entertainment, along with their own raucous conversations. In other words, the perfect place for a clandestine meeting to go unnoticed and unheard, and for a private detective to blend into the woodwork…especially if he’s a regular. My Buffalo-based detective, Earl Stack, was born in a place just like that while I had a messy wing in one hand and a foamy beer in the other hand.

Earl’s first story, “Hazard Pay,” was featured in the first volume of Plan B Magazine. If you’ve already read it (and hopefully enjoyed it), you can find more of Earl’s cases in my short story collection, Crime Dealers. And coming soon, Earl is teaming up with J.A. Konrath’s Jack Daniels to solve a locked room mystery in “Writer’s Lock.” And not long after that, Earl Stack and Jack Daniels will be crossing paths again in a novel tentatively titled Singapore Sling.

But if you can’t wait for Earl’s team up with Jack Daniels, you can team up with him yourself! In a manner of speaking. Right now, at the Plan B Indiegogo campaign, you can nab a truly killer perk. I will kill a character based on you (your name and/or your likeness) in a brand new Earl Stack story. He can solve the mystery of your death or he can be the instrument of your death, your choice. And don’t worry if you’ve never been to Buffalo, Earl is more than happy to track you down where you sleep…


Charles Gramlich said...

I like those kinds of bars

Anonymous said...

Patti - Thanks for hosting Nick.

Nick - I love it that the setting/scenery inspired you. I think authors really can get 'charged up' when they pay attention to what's going on round them.