Author to help aspiring writers piece their stories together
September 26, 2008
Newly published Colorado author David Boop will be in Grand County this Saturday to host books talks at Grand County Libraries.
Boop presents “The Writing Process and the Road to Publication” and will available for questions and book signing afterward. He will be signing his new science fiction work, entitled “She Murdered Me With Science”.
He describes the book, which has the flair and style of a 1950s pulp fiction novel, as “alternative history.”
“I take a couple liberties with history to get people and events to align with the story,” he said.
Readers are introduced to Noel R. Glass, a down-and-out scientist who moonlights as a private investigator to make ends meet. Glass has just developed plans for a great invention ” a car that runs on water, but the roof falls in on the car and on his world.
Glass thinks he has found a solution in the person of a wealthy industrialist who offers to produce a prototype, but at a great expense. The industrialist’s offer brings up a dark episode Glass was trying to forget regarding a microwave experiment that went wrong, killing the woman he loved and ruining his career.
A surprise visit from masked Mayan warriors and possible CIA agents has him on the run and he flees to Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
In New Mexico, Glass runs into a beautiful blues singer (Boop loves the blues and became interested after interviewing blues musician Sam Taylor when he was a DJ) and some Russian spies, and along the way uncovers a conspiracy much greater than plans for a car that runs on water. He sees that the failed experiment may not have been an accident, which may be why someone is trying to kill him some 14 years later.
“Boop goes beyond the usual suspects when the conspiracy is uncovered for an interesting alternative history twist,” said Fred Cleaver in a Denver Post book review.
“There’s nonstop action showing a love for private eyes, mad scientists and blues music.”
His presentation “is a great talk for the beginner who has a desire to write and be read.” In a pay-it-forward fashion, he’ll talk about the steps of writing, from idea to manuscript, as well as how to get work published.
“Many authors helped me get where I am,” he said. “So, I try to help those like I was ” hungry, passionate, driven to bring people into their world ” achieve their dreams.”
The author has a varied history in the media field.
He’s “an old journalist” who ran one of the first online newspapers in the late 1990s. He went back to school, taking over the school newspaper as editor-in-chief. He also has years of experience in radio and television broadcasting (he’s currently pursuing an English degree at Arapahoe Community College).
“She Murdered Me With Science” is his first book, which he estimates took about three years to complete. He finished it in October 2007 and it was published last month by Flying Pen Press. Paperback. Copies are $15.95 and because Boop supports libraries wherever he goes, 10 percent of book sales at the local events with go toward the Grand County Library District.