I had no idea. But if I ever kill Bob, his body will never be found.
Sorry to be a tease. Here’s the full story of the story:
My editor e-mailed me and said, “We’d like to put a short story or two on the website as a teaser for when Agnes comes out. Do you and Bob have any ideas?” (You can ask Bob about his on his blog: www.bobmayer.org.)
And there’s a place in the book where Shane asks Agnes what happened to the father of Maria (Lisa Livia’s daughter, the girl who’s getting married that weekend) and she says that he disappeared. Which is why the body can’t be found, the book says he disappeared. And Shane asks if anybody looked, and Agnes says, “He was a missing person that nobody missed at all.” And Shane says something along the lines of “Huh,” because he’s not a Chicks fan, but I figured any Chicks fan would get the reference. And I planned to leave it at that. Subtle.
But when Jen said, “Any story ideas?” I said, “I can go back twenty years and tell the story of what happened to Johnny.” And she said, “Oooh, do that.”
So I started to write the short story and came up against some problems immediately, the first one being that since it starts out with Johnny in the trunk of Lisa Livia’s car, he’s not the antagonist. And since it’s a short story, I’m not going to have a lot of characters, in fact, it’s pretty much Agnes and LL, told from Agnes’s POV (so far) so that means LL is her antagonist. So I’m struggling with the plot lines of the central conflict, but I’m distracted by this body they have to get rid of while they’re arguing because how? Lisa Livia is pregnant and getting ready to go live with her mother, Agnes has the car packed to leave town the next morning for Ohio University, there’s a body in the trunk, but since I’m having enough trouble figuring out the conflict as I write the story, I do not have the spare brain cells to figure out how to get rid of that body forever. However, I do have a blog with some whacked-out commenters, so what the hell.
You guys are kind of scary. In a good way, of course.
I can now see Lisa Livia and Agnes having this conversation about pigs and acid and blue crabs. . .