One day my email had a review request in it from author of "An Epitaph for Coyote" Bryan R. Dennis... I contemplated this request long and hard because when I looked up the books information it seemed to be one that would not quite be something that I would enjoy... I was wrong and today I have the opportunity to thank Bryan in person and to ask him a couple of questions that sprang immediately to mind about the book... Enjoy the answers as I turn the discussion over to Bryan and the readers of this post!
The novel’s title was born from two desires:
What caused the novel to be written as a satire?
The American Dream, where we define ourselves by material possessions, job titles, and monstrous houses, seemed like such an absurd unreality that I had to undress it to learn what lay beneath. This was easy to do, living in a city of rhinestone glitter and beer goggles, a city that prides itself on having its ass showing. Yes, Vegas Baby, I’m talking about YOU!
Humor sugar-coats the bitter pill of truth. I wrote this novel at the height of the cheap credit, home-buying craze, and now, in light of the housing crash and “Great Recession” it almost seems prophetic to me. The cheap facade is burning. The roof is on fire! While I don’t profess to be some wise sage (Ha! That’ll be the day!) in writing this story, I believe I stumbled upon a few truths. Realizing they might be hard to swallow for many people, I presented them in a satirical fashion.
In medieval times, court jesters used to be the only ones who could get away with mocking the kings. Today, we’re all kings -- especially when we’re at drive-thru windows or restaurants, delivering our royal creed to the peasants otherwise known as staff -- so to protect my neck from everyone’s wrath, I shake a few bells and wear a funny hat on my head.
Born and raised in the cornfields of Illinois, Bryan enlisted in the Army upon graduation from High School and served his term overseas. Afterwards he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and enrolled in UNLV’s college of business. It took a degree in Accounting, years of daydreaming in cubicles, and a collection of stories piling up on his hard drive to learn he is a writer and not an accountant. His writing style is influenced by authors Raymond Chandler and Carver, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Charles Bukowski, and Haruki Murakami. He currently resides with his family in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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