Sunday, November 08, 2015

Is this what Troy Aikman means by "living in the past"?

Just ran across the following; it's the trailer for the 1992 TV movie Warner Bros. adapted from my book, Deadly Blessing. Nice as it was to find some preserved record of what some might consider the plum highlight of my career*, I wish I still had a clue to the whereabouts of even some tiny fraction of Warner Bros.' money. (I'm told that the vid doesn't load properly on some browsers, so you can also view it on YouTube.)
For those who don't get the Aikman reference, (1) shame on you, and (2), here is his TV spot for Miller Lite. Some minor differences between me and Aikman, however: He's got a Super Bowl ring. And a few million dollars...and I'm pretty sure he knows where the money is.
* though I am far from proud of the book. 


Jenny said...

It's interesting to consider how different things actually are from how we imagine them to be. Your posting prompted me to read your book again. Not SHAM (which is still packed away in one of numerous book boxes) but DEADLY BLESSING. I imagine a book like that would be difficult to research and write. Fascinating, too. Thanks for bringing it up. It's okay to rest on one's laurels every once and awhile. ;)

Steve Salerno said...

Jenny, it was a challenge to research and, yes, especially, write. The killing took place several years before I got around to writing about it, and it was an extremely embarrassing chapter in the otherwise glowing Daniel family saga, not so much for the killing per se, but because of the revelations that came out surrounding young Price. You can imagine, therefore, that not too many Texans were eager for this northern-bred city slicker to come to town armed with lists of questions and intent on reopening old wounds. "Pulling teeth" is a trite phrase, but it aptly characterizes my Q&As with many of the locals. Vickie was especially guarded, as you might imagine, since in the minds of many folks she beat a murder rap.

As for the writing phase, we've discussed this somewhat off-blog, and I don't want to commit publicly to a view of the arduousness of that process that's tainted by self-serving perceptions and thus possibly unfair to others. Let's just say that my editor and I did not see eye to eye on too many sentences. Even commmas. I was very far from proud of the finished product. Without question it is the worst of my three published books. I have sometimes used the phrase "piece of crap." ;)

Interestingly, with the movie deal and all things considered, Deadly Blessing has earned me far more money than any other writing project. So there's a message there somewhere, eh?