Sunday, September 13, 2009

"Bordello Blood" or "The Hooker Book" or...

The Hooker Book

Okay, that’s not the actual title... it’s just how I have always referred to it. The working title is “Bordello Blood” and that will likely change. An alternate title is “Mourning Prostitutional” but I’m not 100% sure the pun works...

Anyhow, the manuscript is done, finished, signed, sealed, delivered... no contract for it yet, but hope springs eternal...

As you may have guessed from the titles and alternate names, it’s about the sex trade. The idea came to me in December 2008. I had just finished an essay for one of my MA courses. The essay was on equality and fair treatment for sex workers. I dug up a pile of mind-boggling facts and statistics, and all sorts of interesting/shocking research and notes (much of which didn’t make it into the final essay just because of maximum word count).

Some of the stuff I had learned was just way too interesting to be deleted or tossed into the recycling bin with all the other papers and outlines and rough copies of the essay. As well, I have long wanted to write about something to do with Mexico. So, there you go, that was the genesis of Bordello Blood, or The Hooker Book ,or Mourning Prostitutional, or whatever it ends up being called*.

I started writing it in mid-December 2008 and completed the whole thing by May 2009. In it, you’ll see many of the characters you met in Blood and Groom: Lindsey is back, as are Shane and Jessica. To learn more about the plot, check out the synopsis listed under July postings.

** Another title just came to me: I think I like “Dead Light District”... what do you think?

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