Transformed: San Francisco, Feb 9, 2016.
What’s the book’s first line?
“The news would not be good.”
What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
Charley McElroy is a handsome, well-heeled travel writer and CIA informant who also happens to be an F to M transman. And he’s having a midlife crisis. Charley gets suspended by the Agency after forgetting to pay his taxes. Only days earlier, yet another marriage proposal has been spurned. In his grief and confusion, Charley befriends Electra, a high-powered Manhattan socialite-turned-dominatrix rebuilding her life in San Francisco. Then he meets Frankie, a disgruntled lesbian police sergeant who has been demoted by the SFPD for being a whistle blower.
Together they uncover a Christian fundamentalist’s lethal plot to destroy the ‘hedonists’ of San Francisco. Yet, neither the SFPD nor the CIA will take the threat seriously due to the trio’s outsider status. Can they get anyone to listen to them? Or are they on their own? Find out in this funny thriller filled with San Francisco’s spectacular scenery and inimitable, quirky characters.
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
We loved the idea of a transman — female-to-male transgender – with all the confidence, athletic ability, and guts of a male CIA agent. Yet,he also has the empathy, intuition, and plain old charm of a woman. Charley uses both his male and female characteristics to good effect as an agent who can charm information out of anyone.
Then there’s his sidekick/love interest Electra who is busy reinventing herself from socialite-in-a-box to the powerful, funny, irreverent ‘Society Dominatrix’ she really is. Again, our message is that being yourself — really being yourself — is the most important thing.
San Francisco is a place that supports this message well. Here the pure quirkiness of the culture encourages everyone to relax, have fun and be fully self-expressed. (Anyway, who wouldn’t want to write about San Franciscan things like the world’s biggest leather fair?). To some, like Randy, the evangelical Christian in the book, that’s onerous. But to our characters, that’s the reason to be there!
What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
All in all, this book is just plain fun to read, yet at the same time, we believe it has a worthwhile message. It’s a page-turner with a big heart and a tremendous sense of fun.