In 2005, I got a lot of anger and frustration out of my system by writing the first draft of a novel. Six years, nine rewrites and polishes, dozens of “we like it but… uh… no” rejections, and one annoying hack of a literary agent later, that story is now available.
Seeking revenge against a bunch of high school bullies, redress from an intransigent school system, and escape from their mundane lives, four boys make plans to stage a mock Columbine-style school shooting, fake their deaths, and get out of the country. An audacious plan, but planned meticulously down to the last detail….
…except for one boy oversleeping, one stuck babysitting his 12 year-old brother, their getaway car being towed with the guns in the trunk, encounters with protesting mothers and bizarre cultists, and the annoying fact that no one bothered to bring any bullets.
As obstacle after obstacle is thrown in their path, the boys reassess their plans and their friendships. And when they finally make it to school, things really get interesting.
Yes, that’s right. It’s a black comedy about a school shooting. Think of it as Bang Bang You’re Dead meets The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.
This is a story that’s been close to my heart, not to mention the cause of more mental anguish than you could ever thanks to my attempts to get it published. Please read it, and don’t make up your mind on it until after you do.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Columbine is 180 pages long, and is now available for Kindle, Nook, in Paperback, and in Hardcover. E-books are just $2.99, paperbacks $8.99, and hardcovers $18.99.