Dale Swanson on being “increasingly appalled by the opportunistic social politics of party, candidate, and media”

The Eight-Day Clock received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Dale Swanson.

What is the name of the book and when was it published? 

The Eight-Day Clock. It was published via CreateSpace/Amazon on 26 March 2016 (available Kindle on 30 March). However, the published draft of the book was actually completed in August 1997.

What’s the book’s first line? 

“Get this.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

“Set in and around Tampa, Florida, in the fall of 1996, a pair of gay private investigators – in fact, a domestically-partnered couple in real life – is hired by an incumbent ultra-conservative media mogul and Republican State Senator, and his wife, who are being blackmailed about their gay son, just days before election.”

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

“I was (and 20 years later, am increasingly) appalled by the opportunistic social politics of party, candidate, and media. I was also trying to write genre fiction, but found myself more doggedly interested in character and psychology than in genre conventions, per se. An idea came to me: a favorite movie translation had been Robert Altman’s 1973 version of Raymond Chandler’s 1953 novel “The Long Goodbye”. I thought: what if Chandler had written a novelization of an Altman movie, rather than the other way around?”

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

“A good, nasty laugh – primarily at the expense of socio-political opportunists, the threadbare obviousness of their corporate-owned media, and the stupidity of those who subscribe to its content. Also, a ray of hope, in the face of such relentlessness.”

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