Welcome to the blog, Sal. Thanks for coming in.
Like I had a choice. I live in your head after all.
Right. You seem a tad surly today. Why is that?
I’m not surly. But I am a little pissed that my page time got cut.
Ah, I see. It’s true that you are not as much of a focus in Book Town as you were in The Last Word and Writer in Residence, but –
Not as much of a focus? You call half the book not as much of a focus? I might as well be Jacob, for crying out loud.
I think you’re overreacting, not to mention being pretty harsh to Jacob.
Whatever. I could see if you gave extra chapters to Ortiz, but Jake? The preacher?
People know you already, and you still play a major role in this novel. You have to admit that Jake and our mystery guest have a certain symmetry that you would lack.
Because I’m a criminal, right? I was never convicted!
Not because you’re a criminal. You have been, for the most part, a model citizen for a few years now.
That won’t do me much good if you keep cutting my scenes. Keep it up and there’s no way Brad Pitt will play me in the movie.
That wasn’t very likely regardless.
Oh, so now I’m a mutt who’s too hideous to be played by Brad Pitt? Keep it up, Paco, and you might just wake up at the bottom of the East River.
You realize I can take you out with a backspace key, right?
Nice. Big man with a laptop. You’re nothing without me, pal.
You really do come across as much more pleasant in the books.
I’m sorry. I am a little surly, and not just because of Jake. I like Jake. I really like the new novel. It's different from what you've done before, in a good way. But the Jets are going to suck again this year, I dropped two grand at the racetrack yesterday, and Julia keeps bringing up her ticking biological clock. I mean seriously? She's like 25.
If it makes you feel better, you are back front and center for the next novel, and there’s a road trip.
A road trip? You mean I get away from Camden and Jacob and the freakin’ customers for a while? That’s what I’m talking about.
So, any last thoughts for our readers about Book Town?
Yeah; buy it, tell your friends to buy it, have them tell their friends to buy it. I need this one to catch Brad Pitt’s attention. And remember that Jake, lovely human being that he is, will always be Little Steven and I will always be Springsteen.
If you’re Bruce, wouldn’t he be Clarence?
I am amazed you would even ask that. Ortiz is Clarence, of course.
Of course. Thanks again for stopping by.
My pleasure. Next time you could at least have beer or bagels or something. Now go work on that next book. I’m ready for a change of scenery.