Yesterday a new contender his the literary ring as Tony Jaeger released his Freshman novel, "Chef." Read more about "Chef," and meet Tony below.
-Q: Tell me a little about your book?
-A: Chef is about a hometown vigilante who tries to defend his family by removing criminals from the streets. When tragedy strikes, he is faced with losing everything he has sought to protect.
-Q: I'm sure you hear this a lot, but that sounds a bit like Dexter. How is it different?
-A: That is a great question. Dexter is the exploration of a sociopathic character who kills and knows it's wrong on a textbook level, but feels none of the human impact from it. Chef is the exact opposite of this; his is an intensely emotional journey. Don't get me wrong, the comparison to Dexter is completely justified.The serial-killing component is more of a framework to tell the story in, rather than the focal point of it.
-Q:I've always wondered how those of you who write these stories find inspiration. Do you picture people walking around dismembered or something?
-A: Heh. From the moment I put the first word on the page, I've been a little afraid of how I would answer this one. This actually started out as a story about a cannibal, but as I thought more about it, and really started trying to figure out the kind of story I wanted to tell, the whole eating people thing kind of faded into the background as the real story started to reveal itself to me.
-Q:Who is your favorite character in your story?
-A: I really like Liam, Chef's best friend. I mean, he's kind of a terrible person, he's really selfish, disloyal, and the worst kind of man. For all that, though, when things get really tough, he's there for the people he loves. He's kind of like Pinky, from Pinky and the Brain, and that makes me kind of happy inside.
-Q:Great. You said you're from Salt Lake City, tell me, is floating in the lake as cool as they say?
-A: People don't really recreate in the Great Salt Lake, and there are two reasons for that. The Lake is a sacred landmark for Utahns, those of us who are Chosen to be warriors are bathed immediately after birth in the Sacred Water, and it makes them nigh invincible in battle. The second reason people don't recreate in the Lake is that it has the most putrid water in the whole world. It's the water equivalent of a Nicholas Cage movie.
-Q:Have you ever thought about importing sharks? Cause that would make it even cooler.
-A: To be fair, sharks make EVERYTHING cooler. Even tornados.
-Q:When and where can we find your book?
A: Chef is available on no on Kindle, and I am working on getting it on Nook, Google Play Books, and directly through my site at CreativeWritingTime.com - I will have details of my progress up on that site, as well.
-Q:Can we find you anywhere else?
-A: I have been publishing a fair amount of work on TheIronWriter.com lately. Those are all flash fiction stories. Anywhere else? I dunno, probably down at the bar. Or a card shop, playing Magic.