Professor Rebecca Stanley-Wilson is having a very bad season. The ramifications of one torrid evening with one of the great upcoming painters of his generation, will not only be felt across her life but over the entire art world. Sexy, funny, and very surprising, Permanent Spring Showers is the tale of one very memorable springtime and how it impacts a group of unique artists and dreamers. From the the hopeful Olympian with the failing marriage to the writer who is creating a new literary movement (through outright manipulation) to the romantic wondering what he did wrong to drive away the love of his life, each tale walks the line between reality and fantasy. And waiting at the end of the line is a very important painting… and possibly the revolver used in the Lincoln Assassination.
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“What are you thinking? She’s an escort!”
“I’m in love, Steve. After sitting through the first twenty minutes of this lunch, it’s obvious you certainly still remember what that feeling is like.” He pushed his plate forward.
“But Clark…” I began.
He interrupted, “And it’s not like she wants to do that her entire life, Steve, if that is what is troubling you. She is doing it to pay for college.”
I stopped, the car of my mind shifting gears again. “Wait, did you say ‘is’? Do you mean she is still doing it?”
“Well, times are tough all over,” Clark replied far too calmly for my taste. “Have you seen college tuition rates this year?”
“And she’s really in college?” I asked, shocked. I began to wonder if I was on one of those TV shows and a camera was hidden in a bush nearby me.
My shock was perfectly mirrored by the opposite reflection of the casualness of my brother.
“You didn’t think I would marry an idiot did you, Steve? I need to be mentally challenged, you know that. She is studying education; her dream’s to teach third graders.”
“You’re engaged to a hooker…”
“Escort,” he corrected quickly for a third time.
“Oh, I’m sorry,” I said sarcastically. “You are engaged to an active escort who wants to be an elementary school teacher?”
“Yes,” Clark said with a dramatic point across the table at me. “And Steve, this is where you come in. You need to help me introduce her to mom and dad.”
The Beauty of Eccentrics: The Characters in Permanent Spring Showers
Scott D. Southard
To begin with, I’ve been known to hear voices.
I blame old time radio shows for this. When I was a young teenager, I was strangely addicted to them. The repeats used to play on this AM station in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Who knows? I may have been the only person in the whole listening area sitting by the radio with a ready tape deck, but I collected as many as I could. Jack Benny, Sherlock Holmes, Charlie McCarthy (a ventriloquist on the radio? How does that work?), I soon had a collection of shows filling up three tape cases.
I admit this is not something I readily told my friends then (like all awkward teenagers I did want to seem cool), but listening to those shows were almost more than just entertainment for me. In many ways they were each little lessons on finding original voices.
When I finally began to dare to dream of being a novelist, I know this time snuck its way into my own writing style. See, dialogue is always key for me in creation (sometimes it will be the foundation for an outline at the start of the writing process); and my characters, much like the ones on the old shows, speak to me.
I can hear their meter when I read sections back to myself (almost like poetry in a way). Their word usage and how they construct and present a thought all come together to separate their distinct voices for me. Every voice is unique in my mind and I think it also can be felt in the reading by others.
Also like in those shows, my characters are out of the ordinary, and wonderfully eccentric. Let me give you some examples from my latest novel Permanent Spring Showers.
While Permanent Spring Showers is in many ways a work of literary fiction, it has a lot of different elements to it. It’s funny, surprising, and even sexy (usually for the wrong reasons). One of the characters that make up the heart of the novel is Vince, an up-and-coming painter.
Vince is never what he may seem. At the beginning of the book, he may seem like a romantic, smooth and seductive. But Vince is so much more. He is a man in flux, deciding who he wants to be and become. For example, even though he speaks with a British accent, he is not British. (The choice to change nationality actually came about because another character told him that women adore Mr. Darcy from the classic mini-series version of Pride and Prejudice.) One passionate evening in Chicago will change Vince’s life, inspiring him to create one of the greatest works of American art.
The person who Vince shares the evening with is Professor Rebecca Stanley-Wilson. Vince finds Rebecca speaking at a literary convention, discussing her new book The Death of Love (an academic work about romance in post-modern literature). After an evening of too many drinks, Rebecca makes a decision that she may regret, but will impact the lives of all of the different characters that make up this novel.
Other than these two, there are also Olympic hopefuls, a romantic architect, a gossiping poet, a silent football coach and an author with highly questionable motives. These are only a few of the wonderful characters to discover in this new work.
One of the things I love to do in my books is surprise my readers. And having such an eccentric cast in my book makes it so much easier to do. I think it is a lot of fun to discover how I draw these characters together and how I bring each of their plots to a close.
So maybe it is okay to hear voices? It almost makes me want to track down all those old tapes.
I hope you enjoy my new novel, Permanent Spring Showers.
Scott D. Southard is the author of A Jane Austen Daydream, Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare, My Problem With Doors, Megan, 3 Days in Rome and Me Stuff in addition to his latest release, Permanent Spring Showers. His eclectic writing has also found its way into radio, as Scott was the creator of the radio comedy series The Dante Experience. The production was honored with the Golden Headset Award for Best MultiCast Audio and the Silver Ogle Award for Best Fantasy Audio Production. Scott received his Master’s in writing from the University of Southern California. Scott can be found on the internet via his writing blog “The Musings & Artful Blunders of Scott D. Southard” where he writes on topics ranging from writing, art, books, TV, writing, parenting, life, movies, and writing. He even shares original fiction on the site. His blog can be found at http://sdsouthard.com. Scott is also the fiction book reviewer for WKAR’s daily radio show Current State.
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