Strike A Poser opens on Jack, a former “bad guy” turned Irish pub manger in Orlando. Intrigued by the now all-grown-up Olivia, Jack agrees to hear her pitch to team up for the ultimate scam. But, as she reveals, she won’t give him the specifics until he agrees to be in or out. To pull off this scam, trust is the name of the game.
Set in the theme park capital of the world, Strike A Poser follows Olivia and her accomplice Jillian as they team up with Jack and his brother Kip to relieve a hapless millionaire of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The plan is savvy, complex, and borderline ridiculous — but if they pull it off, it will be the ultimate illusion in the land where everything is larger than life.
***** Author Interview*****
Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you do for fun?
Traveling. Temperate climates almost exclusively.
How long have you been writing? How many books have you written – including those unpublished?
I’ve been “writing” since sixth grade, when a teacher told me I had a talent for it. I’ve written eleven novels, and four screenplays. Five of the novels were throwaways, four were published, one is in edit, and one sits in limbo. Oh, and working on one now, about a third complete; no verdict yet.
What genres do you like to write about? Do you also read those same genres?
I like shifty plots, so I naturally gravitated toward con artists. I’ve recently expanded to other areas of crime; the book in edit is about a banner towing pilot turned smuggler. When reading, I’m a fan of the sixties crime novels, thin little paperbacks that fit in your back pocket. In a way, that’s what I’m trying to bring back to mainstream. Quick, fun carry-alongs. Pulp stuff.
Why did you write your book? Is it inspired by true events?
I wanted to catch up to these characters at an older age, Olivia at the top her game, and with all the characters having gained enough wisdom from past antics to begin to reflect internally. In turn, this would allow the material to also reflect (and pose questions about) the truths of living a lie.
How did you begin your project? Did you write outlines and character profiles, jump right in or focus on one section at a time?
Crazy, but first I need a title. Often, it turns out to be a working title, but I need a vision of the thing, regardless. A sense of “what it will be.” Next, an opening scene; I just get characters in a room together, see where they go. With new characters, I will often write scenes with them outside the scope of the story in order to get to know them. I meet my characters the same way we meet people. By talking to them and getting them talking to each other.
Where do you like to write? Do you have a “ritual” you do before writing?
Absolute solitude. A place familiar, and predictable, with zero distractions. In my case, it’s an office, and a desktop computer. Funny, I find I’m often the most productive at times I’m “not supposed to be writing.” Like absurdly late at night, when others are asleep.
What is your next project?
I just finished a book outside the “Olivia” series called Disaster Faster. It centers around the day when a banner towing pilot in Myrtle Beach turned smuggler. It’s in editing, not certain yet if it will be my next release. Currently, I’m writing a sort of chamber piece called “3 Lefts to The Triggerfish South” (working title) about a bartender who inherits a hideaway tiki bar in Key Largo and is forced to deal with its shady past.
Who do you ask first to look over your writing?
Wife, first filter. Second, some trusted confidants, those familiar with my work. An honest group, sometimes brutally. An important step, I’ve found, even if just to trim scenes or to know what to clarify.
What is your favorite beverage and food to eat while writing?
Nothing. It’s a distraction. Although, once the typing is done and it’s time for a recap read through, sometimes a stiff vodka or rum drink. Mind is weary, shutting down; might as well help it along.
***** About the Author *****
Dylan Edward Asher is the award winning indie pop-fiction author of four novels including Olivia Jane Doe, Damage Day, FLA, It’s a Calamity Jane and Strike a Poser. Asher has been awarded a Kirkus Star, Best of 2015 Award, and the Dog Ear Publishing Award of Literary Excellence. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University and owns an “unreasonably popular” locals’ bar in Fort Lauderdale, FL.