Boy on the Beach by R.D. Maddux Book Tour with Guest Post :)
Book Title: Boy on the Beach by R.D. Maddux
Category: Adult Fiction; 304 pages
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Ezekiel 12 Publications
Release date: March 11, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are implied sex scenes but no graphic descriptions of lovemaking. There is one scene with some violence.)
Andrew Foster, a real estate developer in San Diego, is a man suddenly haunted by his past. Memories, like specters from his former life of sex, drugs and rock and roll have come crashing into his current world of business in this sunny coastal city. The ominous, repeated appearance of a black SUV at the beach where he meets his sister each week, has triggered fears that it’s payback time for a bad choice he made years ago.
To add to his frustrations, his hopes of a big breakthrough in the San Diego real estate market haven’t come to pass. He’s starting to wonder if his visions of success will ever come true when an investor offers to finance his dream project. Soon things start to fall into place for Andrew in business, life, and even love. He starts dating the beautiful and business-savvy Nicole but even with her at his side he can’t seem to shake the ghosts of his past. As the relationship with Nicole deepens, Andrew opens up to her about the many loves and adventures that have taken him from the crazy days of living in Big Sur and Joshua Tree to business success in San Diego. Her wise insights help him face the character flaws that have caused him to fail in his past relationships.
Rounding out his social life is his once-a-week task of assisting his sister with her nanny job watching a young boy named Chandler. They build sand castles on the beach and enjoy the beauty of nature together. But the now ominous weekly appearance of a strange car at the beach has awakened Andrew’s fears. Is the boy in danger? Or worse, has an enemy from Andrew’s past come seeking revenge and now Chandler’s caught in the middle?
A strange twist of events threatens to destroy Andrew’s dreams, but as he searches for answers, a sudden revelation offers hope of a future he never imagined.
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R.D. Maddux has story telling in his blood. Since he was young he’s always loved a good tale. He’s been writing seriously since he was in high school and college. His novels range from Mystery and Intrigue to Sci-fi/fantasy. With Boy On The Beach he’s set the story in modern America, to be exact, on the West Coast of California. He’s a native of the golden state and has been a resident of San Diego since 1987. Before that he grew up in northern California and lived in the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area with sojourns in some of the beautiful parts of our state.
Living in California for over 60 years he couldn't help but watch the way things have changed in our culture and the impact this coast makes on the rest of America and the world. So even though Boy On The Beach is fiction, like most serious novels, it is not without a context and comment on issues we all face in our changing world. It takes place in real locations that are very familiar to him and its characters, which are fictional, no doubt have their counterparts in the real world. Boy On The Beach is a story of intrigue, suspense, revenge, love and redemption with flashbacks to the era when sex, drugs and rock and roll set our culture on it's inevitable journey to our present day. This idea has been rattling around in his heart and mind for a decade and it's finally coming to the page.
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A recent trend in writing seems to be novels with perspective coming from different characters set in the first person. The bestseller, Girl On The Train, set off a whole new wave of similar books. I was intrigued to find out why it drew such interest and within a few chapters I saw why the format had a lot going for it. As I set out to write Boy On The Beach I realized that I could use this approach but limited it to two characters. I like the way you can “get into the head” of the characters in a unique way, but also gain a perspective from one character, that you don’t in others. It gives you an overview without having to use, the third person “god” viewpoint that a lot of novels use. Although the first-person approach can be limiting, this multi-viewpoint approach gives the author some options he or she might not otherwise have. It worked for me in writing my novel. Hopefully the reader will find it works for them as well.
It’s amazing what 39 years can do to a culture
There’s a span of thirty-nine years between the present day, San Diego, setting of my novel, Boy On The Beach, to the flash-backs of another era. So much of what our current West Coast culture is today was put in motion by the generation that came into their adulthood during the late 60’s and 70’s. 39 years ago, the riotous days of the counter-culture were morphing into the disco era. But in communes along the coast of California and the hippie hangouts in the Redwoods of Mendocino, the last hold-outs of the “free love” scene were still lost in the passions of their hedonistic choices. In some ways these two eras are completely different. But in some ways, not much has changed. By setting these two seasons in contrast and bringing the protagonist past into direct conflict with his new identity I think I’ve been able to explore a deeper conflict that our present society must deal with as it faces the choices it made years ago. Many believe that we are set on a course as a society where we eventually will have to “pay” for the sins of our past. Boy On The Beach sets in contrast two eras. One where we’ve sown to the wind and one where there’s a tornado heading our way. It also unblinkingly addresses a possible payback that may be coming but hints as well at a possible hope-filled future our characters could never have imagined.
Novel researching at restaurants
I’ve lived in San Diego for over 30 years. So, in that time I’ve eaten in a lot of wonderful places here locally. I’ve set several of the scenes from my novel in some of these wonderful eateries. They have great ambience and great food. But when I was doing some background for a couple of scenes I decided to use two places I hadn’t been. One I investigated online but didn’t visit it. I merely took their menu off their webpage. I’ve been to the area where they’re located but never eaten there. But I couldn’t resist eating at one of the “local” places near the coast I mentioned in the book. When my wife and I dined there, we were pleasantly surprised how well it fit the character of what I described. I didn’t have to change anything in the scene. It worked perfectly plus the food was great.
The beach is truly therapeutic
Taking our day off at the beach has been a long tradition in our family. I’ve found it one of the greatest places to relax. They say that large bodies of water have a calming effect on a person’s mental and emotional state. I’ve set several scenes in the novel on the beach not just because the beach is a quintessential part of San Diego life but also because it acts as a catalyst for much of what happens in the protagonist life. It’s a place where he processes things and also a place of a final catharsis (but I’ll leave that unexplored here since revealing it would be a spoiler). None-the-less, the beach can do wonders for a trouble soul. I’m blessed to live near the beach and finding this “boy” on the beach is something you’ll see often.
Seeing things that aren’t really there
Having a bad dream can be very troubling but for most of us any such torment is soon gone after a good cup of coffee and a wake-up shower. But for some people such nocturnal visits can linger long into the day and even the week. For the main character in my novel his dreams seem to carry over into his day. He’s seeing things in the day time that are troubling as well. Guessing which ones are real, and which ones aren’t, is part of the mystery. My character has a guilty conscience and it may be the source of his torments and then it may not. They say even paranoiacs can have real enemies. I’m sure psychologists can explain all this to us, but in the plot of this book all these “dreams” play an important part in how things “play” out.
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