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How did you choose the title, “Forever Autumn - The Myrtle Beach Experience Continues” for the sequel to “Topless Delivery - The Myrtle Beach Experience”?
I took the name from the title of a favorite song by Justin Hayward off Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of “War of the Worlds” . The title theme is the first song listed on my Online Soundtrack. Furthermore, I believe that “Topless Delivery II” would be a completely inappropriate title as Ashley no longer dances at strip clubs and David no longer delivers pizzas.
What do you want to accomplish as an author?
My primary motivation as an author is to share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the world. The writing process drives me because I can create something that has not previously existed. While I would love to make a comfortable living as an author, I have always believed that fame and fortune mean absolutely nothing to me if I cannot maintain my own integrity. It is written in Matthew 16:26, "What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?"
Why did you use metric measurements in your narratives?
Please keep in mind that David Lawrence, our narrator, spent much of his childhood and early adolescence in Canada before returning to the United States with his family at the age of 16. Although equally comfortable with both the U.S. and Metric systems of measurement, David strongly prefers to use the Metric system whenever possible. I share his preference as well.
Where did you come up with the idea for the “2-Meter Rule”?
I came up the idea after reading an online article in the Myrtle Beach Sun-News, dated 28 March 2008, mentioning such legislation pending in the South Carolina State Assembly. Ohio and Missouri are the only states with such a law on a statewide level. There are also cities and counties throughout the United States, such as Detroit, MI, Memphis, TN, Tampa, FL, Colorado Springs, CO and El Paso, TX, that have enacted similar ordinances. Horry County, where Myrtle Beach is located in South Carolina, has Ordinance 29-13 which will establish tougher zoning restrictions for adult-oriented businesses such as strip clubs and adult video stores, a mandatory midnight closing time for all such businesses, and a requirement that dancers maintain a 6 foot (1.83 m) distance from their customers. The ordinance became law when it passed its Third Reading at the Horry County Council meeting on 3 September 2013, and will probably be the end the "Strip Club Culture" in Myrtle Beach as we know it. My blog post features an email I wrote to the Horry County Council regarding the ordinance.
Is the character of David Lawrence a thinly-disguised version of you?
David is very similar to me in many ways, except with a few biographical details changed around. He is best described as the man I want to become. He and I share many of the same quirks, hopes, dreams, and desires. Readers are encouraged to pay particular attention to David’s character in order to get to know me better.
Why did you write the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome into David’s character?
I wrote the diagnosis into David’s character order to raise awareness of this neurological condition. I am currently researching and writing a book on Asperger Syndrome from a deeply personal perspective, having the condition myself. My goal is to complete this book by the end of 2013.
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