11 Jan 2014

Bob Rector “Unthinkable Consequences”

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“Unthinkable Consequences” by Robert Rector is a well written noir thriller with a great deal of action, suspense, character depth and development.
Set in 1959 middle aged Paula has started an extra-marital affair with Kurt, a muscular hunk that fulfils all of her physical needs. When he proposes they run away together she is surprised at his feelings for her and only reluctantly agrees. Her own life is empty since she is no longer feels loved or needed but she is not yet ready to let go of her old life for an unknown new one.
Kurt is involved in some dubious criminal activities with some detestable ‘business partners’ and is scheming to get away from it all, together with Paula. Unfortunately for him his plans are not working out quite as he has hoped, both with Paula and with the con he is planning.
The story has a lot of erotic scenes since the basic attraction between Paula and Kurt is sexual. However, they both get to evaluate their lives and their feelings new, which are portrayed in slow motion as the lovers undergo their individual paths and personal development. Written with great insight into the human mind and psyche Rector gives his characters a lot of room in the story, deviating from a straight forward romance or thriller format and giving Paula and Kurt time to explore their desires and needs.
Paula’s mother falls ill and needs care while Paula’s husband and his mother start to show their true colours towards the woman in crisis. Kurt also needs to reassess his plans so that the lovers can be together on the right terms.
The book has all the ingredients for a best seller: Action, plot, romance, sex and believable and interesting characters and all in the right measure to cater for the fans of each genre. The writing flows easily and makes this a worthwhile and entertaining read.

Interview with Bob:

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person.

I started writing professionally in 1970 for a nationally syndicated TV show called The Now Explosion. It was the first program made up exclusively of music videos and preceded MTV by ten years. I was a one-man band. I wrote the scripts, directed and shot the film, then edited them – five films a week. It was a crash course in filmmaking and especially storytelling. I’ve been making TV shows, stage shows, and various film and video projects ever since. Personally, family and work define my life. I’ve been married for 38 years to my best friend. We have two grown sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a German shepherd/beagle mix.

What made you become a writer? Have you always written? 7359474

Storytelling is in my genes. Both my paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother were wonderful storytellers that kept us grandkids spellbound for hours at a time. I started writing not long after I learned to write. I started writing professionally, as I mentioned, in 1970.

Where did you get the inspiration to write this story?

“Unthinkable Consequences” takes place in S. Florida in 1959. I grew up in N. Florida in the 50s. I was 12 in 1959 and was beginning to look at women differently, not just as moms and teachers. The women’s movement hadn’t begun yet – men still ruled the world. Many women lived in gilded cages, locked in loveless marriages. I became aware of a sexual tension vibrating just beneath the skin of these ‘high-spirited’ and frustrated women. Finally, one of them made a break for it. She was never heard from again. My story is based on what I imagined might have happened to her.

How did the characters come to you? Why this setting?

I wanted a setting that was hot and sensual and somewhat untamed. The Florida Keys in 1959 fit the bill. As for characters, Paula and Kurt and all the others in “”Unthinkable Consequences” are based on real people I have known at some point in my life. It’s the only way I know of keeping my characters honest and have them speak convincingly.

Who would play the characters in the movie – if you could choose any actor?

Paula is a strikingly beautiful and tall redhead, voluptuous, sensuous, athletic, fiery, determined, loving, funny, artistic, big-hearted, and vulnerable.
Christina Hendricks.

Kurt is a six-four monument to man in his most primal state, heavily muscled, moves like a jaguar, roguishly handsome with a perpetual shit-eating grin and a heart of gold – to those he loves.
Josh Holloway.

Do you have a favorite genre to read yourself?

I’m a mystery/thriller/suspense guy. But I like any well-told tale, regardless of genre, as long as it stays ahead of me. I hate predictability. .

Tell us a little about the history of “Unthinkable Consequences”. How long did it take you to write and publish?

I started work on the story over 20 years ago, originally as a script. Eventually I decided to make it into a novel primarily because I’d never written in that format before. However, we were very busy building a business and raising a family and the project kept getting shoved onto the back burner. About a year ago I dug it out of storage and decided it was time to finish it. So I did.

How do readers respond to the book?

I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response. So far, it has received only 5 star reviews. It’s been called a page-turner, sexy, with characters you fall in love with, filled with unexpected twists and turns. My favorite comment was from Claude Nougat who said it was, “a thoroughly modern version of Madame Bovary. Paula is a fascinating character – and equally explosive.”

What was the easiest about writing the book and what was the hardest?

Dialogue was the easiest, perhaps because I’ve spent most of my life writing scripts, including the 3-act play “Letters From the Front.” In a play, dialogue is about all you’ve got to work with.

The hardest was cutting the final draft down from 150,000 words to 120,00, then going through it with a fine-toothed comb to correct grammar and spelling mistakes. Hated that part.

What are your next projects?

A revival of “Letters From the Front.” We toured the world with the play for 15 years and it was the most exhilarating time of our careers. Its been in hiatus for the last few years out of sheer exhaustion but now we’re ready to get it up and touring again. Lots of demand for it but it’s a big job.

What is your life like? What do you do for pleasure and work when you are not writing?

My life is fun and stimulating, as are the people I associate with. Why settle for anything less? What do I do for pleasure? I’m open. What have you got in mind? As for work, since 1970, I’ve never worked a day in my life.

Who are your literary influences? What are your favourite books/ films/ albums?

The book that did it for me, when I was about 14, was “April Morning” by Howard Fast. Before then, reading was just a way to pass the time.

My greatest influence is John D. MacDonald, the master.
Favorite books: 
anything by MacDonald, Exodus by Leon Uris, Campbell’s Kingdom by Hammond Innes, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. 
Films: Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Psycho & North By Northwest, Ford’s The Quiet Man, Disney’s Fantasia., anything by the Cohen Brothers
Music: Anything by Linda Eder or Billy Joel.

 

What are your views on independent publishing?

 

The verdict’s still out. I’m relatively new at it. I think the potential is great but there are too many participants who do not treat it as a business and are not only shooting themselves in the foot, but the ricochet is hitting everybody else too. For it to truly work, I believe, we can’t position ourselves as trinket sellers at a street stand. We have to establish fair prices reflecting the time and talent involved in creating our books.

 

Can you recommend any indie books/ authors?

 

Claude Nougat’s Forever Young, Dianne Harman’s Blue Coyote Motel, Simon Okill’s wacky Nobody Loves A Bigfoot Like A Bigfoot Babe, and The Luck of the Weissenstieners by a guy named Christoph Fischer.

 

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

 

I polled a few friends and the consensus was –
Best: Generosity, versatility and tenaciousness. 
Oddest: Rampant eccentricity.

 

What are your favourite animal/ colour/ outdoor activity?

Animal: Dogs – all sizes, breeds, and colors.
Color: Red. Outdoor
Activity: Sipping an adult beverage on the beach, preferably at sunset in some exotic land.

What would you take to a remote island?

My wife. She’s fun.

Who would you like to invite for dinner and why?

The Cohen Brothers. The two most original talents in storytelling and filmmaking. The string of masterpieces they have produced is unmatched by anyone else in the business. They have such an unusual take on American life, I would love to pry into their minds and see what makes them tick.

What are you writing at the moment and where would we find out about your next projects?

I have two scripts that I’ve decided to adapt into novels, reversing the usual process. One is another suspense/thriller involving an attempt on a president’s life, and the other is a contemporary adventure/fantasy. I will soon have an author’s website with info on all projects in the works. Stay tuned.

What else would you like us to know about you and your books?

I’ve been fortunate to spend my life doing exactly what I wanted and have enjoyed every minute of it. As for my book, and the films and plays and videos I have made over the years, I hope those who were subjected to them were entertained and felt their investment of time well spent.

 

Bob on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7359474.Bob_Rector

Unthinkable Consequences on Amazon:

http://bookShow.me/B00GXHPE7I

 

Bob Rector’s Unthinkable Consequences is a classic film noir in full-blown hurricane technicolour. Bob has created quite simply a breath taking masterpiece of the basic human emotions and revved them to maximum overdrive in a 1956 T Bird. The two main characters, the neglected housewife, Paula and the dangerous stranger, Kurt are instantly blended like cheap coffee in a sleazy motel. Set in Key Largo, Florida 1959, and like the original film, oozes sex appeal and raw animalistic traits. But unlike the original film, Bob has taken the lead characters to new heights, or depths, depending on the situation at hand. And oh boy do those situations change quicker than a whore on a Saturday night at the docks. The sex is sizzling like bare feet on hot sand, the dangerous criminals lurking in the background are as vicious as scorpions in a frying pan and the tension could be sliced with a chainsaw.
If you like your thrillers hot, sweaty, visceral, plain down and dirty then this FIVE STAR Bogartesque slice of nostalgia is right up your alley with a slug of gin and a slug to the jaw for good measure. And this reader does know how to whistle, and here’s looking at you, kid.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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