This week I want to introduce you to an unconventional writer, Dick Denny. His book, Hell for the Company releases May 21, 2018. I met Dick while doing the yearly writing challenge NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). As a publisher, I tried to encourage those I was in community with in my state, I added to the challenge we were already under to complete 50,000 words within the 30 days of November. I told all those who actually won NaNoWriMo 2017, they could email me directly instead of going through our normal submission channels. I told them they didn’t have to worry about having the story completed by the end of the challenge, just let me know they had won, finish it out (you can win by writing at least 50,000 words, but the story may not be finished), then edit it to make it as polished before sending it to me, as they would submit to a publisher. Well, Dick not only won the challenge, completed this story, but had done the edits all within the month of November. When he sent it to me, I held my breath hoping, praying he could write. If he couldn’t, I would hate to have to tell him no. However, I was so pleasantly surprised. Dick Denny writes unlike anyone else I’ve ever read! His writing is fresh, funny, engaging, and so Dick. I’m sure you’ll understand what I’m saying when you read his book synopsis below. As I’ve gotten to know him, he’s quickly becoming a good friend. He regularly makes me laugh from my toes. He’s got a sharp, educated, experienced mind that makes me better understand why his story unfolds as it does. And I have great news, we are in possession of the follow up to this great story. Let me quit “talking” and introduce you to Foundations new author, Dick Denny.
A veteran of the 82nd Airborne and a graduate of Auburn University. Dick Denny is a disappointment to his family, a fun guy to be around, and a handy guy to have about in a pinch.
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Hell for the Company
But not just any sword – the Fiery Sword that guarded the Gates of Eden after humanity was kicked out. Before the flood, it was stolen by the 23rd Demon kicked from heaven, who eventually married and imbued it into her human son.What stands between humanity and the battle of Armageddon? A sword.
But now she’d dead, and it’s starting to manifest.
Humanity’s only hope? Nick Decker, a scotch-swilling PI armed with a .45 and the Wrath of God, his nerdy ninja-stripper girlfriend Gretchen, and his loyal acid-dropping, street-doc, war-buddy Jammer. It’s up to them to keep the battle of Armageddon from happening… and find the Devil’s lost dog.
The girls both stopped as they noticed Jammer and I not moving. But we both knew it was time to go.
I smirked, “Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast.” Playing my part as much as he was.
Jammer’s head bobbed and he grinned like a school kid who just got the prom queen’s phone number while her quarterback boyfriend was away in the bathroom. “See you, Space Cowboy.”
We turned and neither looked back.
Gretchen and I walked side by side down the garish hallway. I heard her breach and check to make sure there were six .357 rounds in the cylinder before snapping it shut.
“Hold this,” she said and stuffed the revolver in my left hand.
I watched as she pulled out one of her shuriken and use the razor like cutting edge to cut the dress so that it ended above mid-thigh as the rest of the fabric fell to her ankles. She kept the shuriken in her left hand as she kicked off her heels, then smiled as she held out her hand for the pistol. I handed it to her and then we simultaneously, like we’d planned it that way, thumbed back the hammers of our pistols.
We smiled; it was time to go to work.
Sarah Fay Rutherford on Amazon wrote:
Hell for the Company is absolutely original and utterly brilliant. This was a bit of stretch on my usual genre; I’m a fervent fan of David Baldacci, Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills and Tom Clancy with some Tolkien, Martin and Rowling thrown in for fun. I can safely say I now have a new author to add to my list, Dick Denny.
The protagonist is a mid 30’s, not exactly successful, PI named Nick Decker, whom we meet at his mother’s funeral. It’s not until he decides to hit the local slummy strip joint that his tale truly starts rolling. Enter Gretchen, the bombshell that’s way too cool for our dysfunctional hero, Jammer, Nick’s battle buddy turned “guy-guy”, Joy with an E-Y and a whole slew of interesting characters. From car chases to shootouts at the Asian karaoke, a fiery sword that appears out of nowhere and one hell of an uncle, this book is packed full of action with a side of humor and a touch of the heavenly (or not so heavenly).
Hell for the Company has an extremely clever and seriously entertaining story line. From the chapter titles to the hilarious inner dialogs, this book will make even a grown man giggle.
If you enjoy an abundance of guns, good whiskey, and a hilariously sardonic protagonist, this book is for you.
I cannot wait to read the next in the series. Well done, Mr. Denny.
Andrew on Amazon wrote:
I have been looking forward to this authors first boom for years. This book is sure to be a must read for the average goon.
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent release and why it’s a must-read?
I came up with the idea for the Nick Decker stories back in 2003-2004 when I was in the 82nd Airborne in Iraq. My best friend and I passed the time pacing back and forth every night talking about stories, and other such stuff, back in the days before readily available internet while on deployment. The Nick Decker stories were born there, outside Fallujah.
So when I decided to try NaNoWriMo Hell for the Company was easy to pull out of the mental bin and throw on my iPad, in 16 days. But the biggest thought behind it is I was tired of the way Vet’s get portrayed in the media. Not all of us regret our time in the sandbox, not all of us suffer existential crisis, and not all of us wake up screaming with nightmares. My time in the service was the Best Worst Days of My Life.
So, I wanted to write a character who was a Vet, flawed but not wacked out. Who had a past and wasn’t haunted by it. On top of that, I wanted to share the humor you find amongst, for lack of a better term, men of action.
I decided to write a story that was full of action, and was funny to boot. I decided to write flawed characters but not broken ones. I decided to write a story with stakes, but at the same time wanted your drink to come out of your nose!
What is your favorite part of this book?
Easy, Gretchen. She sprung from my mind fully formed like Athena from Zeus. But I never had a headache or ax to my head so Gretchen’s just a character and not a deity.
In addition to being a writer, do you have a day job? If so, what is it?
I do, but I’m not at liberty to really talk about it. So lets just say I do ok, but would love to quit my day job and write full time!
What does your typical day look like?
Is there a typical day? Yesterday I didn’t die. Today I’ll try not to die. Tomorrow, who knows? I tend to live life 15 minutes at a time. “In the next 15 minutes I’m going to finish this lovely questionnaire, then after that what’s it matter?”
Life is a zero sum game. It has a beginning, a definite end, and the middle is ours to play with. I’ve been in mortar attacks, rocket attacks, shot at, IED’s, been in earthquakes, tornados and a hurricane, car crashes, jumped out of airplanes, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, gone to the store to get milk, picked up fast food, cooked dinner, changed the car’s oil, mowed the lawn, played with my cats, hugged my wife, read, watched tv, played 5 Second Rule on 4 continents.
There are no typical days. Carpe Diem, Carpe Noctem, Carpe Scotch!
What do you love most about the writing process?
Being done. I know it’s going to sound strange but I can’t think of another way to articulate it. “I HATE writing, I LOVE having written.” I’m sure there must be plenty of parents who love their kids but weren’t a fan of the pregnancy. Writing is a thankless, soul-wrenching, pain filled exercise in self-inflicted enhanced interrogation. Writers are masochists! Because we do this to ourselves! There is an easy out, just don’t… but then we find ourselves with a open Word document, a blank piece of paper and a pen, a sharpie and a sleeping person’s forehead…
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
This one is tough, because it feels a little self-serving. Every character is a piece of me. You can’t pick your nose with your toe (or I can’t anyway, if you can more power to you!), so does that make it worth less than your finger?
There is a lot, a whole LOT, of my voice in Nick Decker. Because of that it makes me love him AND hate him in equal measure.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Jammer is a mix of all my medic buddies from the army with an overly healthy dose of my buddy Kung-Pow. So writing Jammer was like getting to hang out with some of my best friends.
Gretchen on the other hand, sprung entirely from my head.
What is the biggest surprise you experienced after becoming a writer?
That anyone actually cares to read my stuff… that’s surreal.
Since being a writer, what has been the best compliment?
Again, that anyone actually cares to read my stuff.
If you could ask one question from any one person, living or dead, what would it be and from whom?
Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager, I’d ask him “Whatcha Drinking?” I’d buy it, then I’d just sit there and let the man talk while I soak in all the glory.
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
So, this one is interesting. Criticism isn’t a bad thing, and I don’t tend to take anything personal. So no criticism is really tough. So really, any criticism is on the work, not me. And I write for me, not anyone else. So, love it or hate it… if I’m happy with the story, Boo-Ya!
If you were riding in an elevator with a new writer, what wisdom would you bestow upon him/her before you reached the top floor?
“No great adventure starts with the hero ordering a Salad. The quest for perfection is one of insanity, my favorite Ninja Turtle worked on the Mona Lisa for 3-4 years and that lady has no eyebrows.”
What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?
I feel this one can get me in trouble…
My buddy Eddie “Ski” Kaszynski (Not to be confused with Ted Kaczynski the Unabomber) and I stole no less than 5 porta-johns while in Iraq and appropriated them for the convenience of our platoon.
What websites or resources have been helpful to you, as a writer?
First and foremost, www.sluggy.com Since Aug 25, 1997, Pete Abrams has given us the most amazingly crafted story ever told. If you read the entirety of Sluggy Freelance you find twists and foreshadowing planned decades in advance. Pete’s work deserves to be studied!
Secondly, http://tvtropes.org is a rabbit hole you can lose hours falling down and lose hours… days.
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
I’m great at trivia! I’m GREAT at trivia. I am a well of useless knowledge.
… I’m also half convinced I can’t get Malaria.
What would the main character in your most recent book have to say about you?
Nothing particularly complimentary, and laced with a lot of profanity!
What is something memorable you heard from a reader/fan?
Nothing yet, but here’s hoping!
If money were no object, where would you live and why?
A cabin in super rural Alaska, Dick Proenneke style!
Currently, how many ideas for different books do you have going/jotted down?
Wow, lets see…
Nick Decker Trilogy:
Book 2: Heaven for the Climate (DONE)
Book 3: Paved with Good Intentions (In Progress)
A Matter of Honor: A Love Story? (In Progress)
SciFi/Space Opera Trilogy:
Pride of The Imperium (In Progress)
Pride of the Consortium (In Progress)
Pride of Catheria (In Progress)
The Bladebreaker Saga (In Progress but not real far)
For The Good of the Republic (In Progress, but have been for years)
The Bloody Revolution (working title, in research stages)
The Fifth Age (Fantasy):
The Third Type of Man (Hate the title, Done)
…Might Be A Liar (Done)
Wrath of the Righteous Man (In progress)
The Last and the First (Arc written)
Of the Wind and the Winterborn (Arc written)
Those Who Stand Against The Storm (Arc written)
The Death of Magnus Cain (Arc written)
Where can we find you online?
@DickDenny on Twitter
Dick Denny Author or just Dick Denny on Facebook.