Compelling Novella Explores the Inner Desires for Excitement and Purpose in Life
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Compelling novella explores the inner desires for excitement and purpose in life
How far would you go to add excitement to a life you felt was boring and meaningless?
In New York City based novelist Danny Wynn’s new book, Man from the Sky, the answer takes seventy-three-year-old Jaime by surprise.
Accustomed to a lonely life high up in the mountains on the western coast of Mallorca, Jaime’s dull routine is suddenly shattered when a man parachutes from a plane and lands nearby. The plane crashes; the man lives.
It’s a drug smuggling operation gone bad. But Stefan, the man from the sky, has escaped with eight kilos of cocaine in a gym bag. Jaime brings Stefan home and is soon entangled in Stefan’s attempts to sell the cocaine and start a new life.
As they dodge Parisian drug dealers and corrupt Mallorcan police, Jaime’s search for excitement and Stefan’s resolve to find stability lead them both down dangerous paths.
Here is an excerpt:
It seemed odd, but lately, for some reason, he’d been trying
to remember what it was he’d been out for in life when he was
young, what he’d dreamed of being when he grew up. And he’d
been drawing a blank. He must have had some thoughts along
those lines but couldn’t manage to summon them up. Strange, but
there it was. It occurred to him that maybe that was one of the
things at the root of his considerable inadequacies—he’d had no
dreams. Could that really be?
One thing he knew for sure—this was no way to live. It
wasn’t really living.
Questions and Answers – Danny Wynn
What drove you to write this story?
“I write about people who are locked into a quest to makes themselves feel fully alive. I created a thinking person's adventure story. It's about a bored 73-year-old man who tried a number of times to make a life elsewhere, but didn't succeed and wound up back where he was born. He feels strongly that life has passed him by. A stranger appears in his life, and presents with an opportunity to do something that feels real, and he takes it. It’s a choice that many of us dream about.”
How did you choose Mallorca as the setting for this book?
“The island of Mallorca, and in particular its mountainous western coast, is virtually a character in my novella. I was first there in 1987, and fell in love with it immediately. I've been back about twenty times, and its magic always works on me.”
What do you think is the role of tragedy or hardship in life?
“Life can be an adventure. It's all relative - one man's hardship is another man's walk in the park. While it always would be nicer to be dealt a better hand, in my life, I don't think I have strong bases for complaint (although that doesn't stop me). The easiest of lives are not easy, not to mention the more challenging lives, but overall it's still a pretty good ride.”
What are your favorite and least favorite things about being a writer?
“Favorite things - the pleasure of words, when a story and its characters come to life, when I write something that moves me and I believe will move at least some other people. Least favorite things - shortage of inspiration, the limited life experience I have to draw on, the limitations of my natural talent.”
Man from the Sky
Paperback 140 pages
ISBN-10: 0988877996 ISBN-13: 978-0988877993
Bacon Press Books Official Publication date January 31, 2014
The book also includes a Reader’s Bonus - The Moment, a short story.
On impulse, Tom Lawrence reroutes his business trip for a quick stop in Paris. He searches the alleyways and kiosks for his lost youth, never expecting what he’ll do when it finally catches up with him.
For more information visit www.dannywynn.net
About the Author
Danny Wynn is a full-time fiction writer, and before that, he was an executive in the record industry and part-time fiction writer. He has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, and now makes his home in the West Village with his wife and two children. His other favorite place in the world (after the West Village) is the island of Mallorca, Spain. He is currently finishing two novels.
What People Are Saying
"Danny Wynn understands how suddenly a life can turn from one thing to another. Man from the Sky is a thriller that is more than thrills, a psychological tale about a man on a journey out of his element, forced to confront his own mortality. It reminds me of my favorite Patricia Highsmith novels."
Dean Wareham of Luna and Galaxie 500.
“This novella and the compelling short story also included in the book are exactly the type of fiction I love – - writing that cuts through the noise and reminds us that we are alive right now in this moment. We are alive in Jaime’s boredom and his pain and his yearning for something more, and we are reminded that our lives are the sum total of our collective choices. I look forward to reading more from Danny Wynn.”
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