Some things you should know about me if we're going to spend this time together.
I've known I wanted to write since I was in first grade.
I didn't have the balls to admit that to anyone until my first, and really only, semester of college, which was a total failure.
I was cursed with early writing success twice and let it go to my head both times.
I've squandered far more writing time than I've used, mostly for fear of failure and success in equal measure.
I did manage to get it together and devote two years to a (non noir) novel that went absolutely nowhere with all but one literary agent, who ultimately rejected it for the right reasons.
There; you're pretty much up to date.
The above taught me something I wish I knew when I started; write to your strengths, whatever they are, and don't be afraid of them.
I think we all have something inside drawing us one way or another, creatively. Mine's dark. It took a long time to come to grips with that, to stop fighting it, but I have, and things are a lot better now.
NoirQuest started as watching movies to get them watched, but it's turned into quite an intimate thing, for me. Each film I watch, and, I suspect, will watch, brings me closer and closer to who I am, who I always was, as a writer.
That's largely what this is about, now.
To that end, I thought I'd share my successes in the genre, however meager, with you. This story is me exploring the noir tough guy's view of the world around him, while, in this one, I tried my hand at hardboiled crime action.
I'd like to have more to share with you as we go but, for now, give those a read and maybe let me know that you think.
After all, you should know what you're getting into.