I had written several fiction novels before "The Thruway Killers", and the other projects dealt with fairly weighty issues. I tried to make the books important to society in some way, as I addressed several concerns that challenge our country to do better and help more people. These books were also overly academic, and I wasn't exactly sure who my audience would be - maybe college students and professors, but not much else.
In “The Thruway Killers”, Droogan McPhee is the son of a wealthy entrepreneur who owns several liquor stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. His step-mother is roughly Droogan’s same age. Together they plot to kill his wealthy father for the inheritance money, until Droogan shoots his step-mother instead by mistake. What follows is an odyssey
fleeing Droogan is captured and brought to justice.
The readers should say, "Damn that was really fun to read! I couldn't put it down. It's time well-spent. That Harvey Havel writes some entertaining stuff. It beats out the movies and the television. Finally, we found a book that has a hand in replacing all of that."
Try to write every day, if possible. Work hard at writing, and try to read as often as you can. Also, stay away from the booze and the drugs. These two elements in a writer's life are tempting, but it won't make a person a better writer. Work hard, have fun, but also remember that you need to live your life as well. Don't forget that a writer's experience, more so than technical mastery, is what counts more.
I think the e-book has really come along. I don't see very much of a future in hardback and paper back books. This is no way means that literature has taken a hit, just the physical properties of a book that is taking the hit and is changing how we read. Literature will soon be read on screens. It's all happening (and has been happening) right at this very moment There will also be a push to convert the books that used to line library shelves into digital products that can easily be downloaded for readers on individual screens, thereby saving tons of space.
I guess I wanted to have a fun time with this book, as stated earlier. Making the book fun and entertaining was difficult. Also, I used to plan out and outline whole chapters before I set out to write them down. I was really big on preparation. But with this book, I decided to let go of that and see what could be written by just using the higher spirits in the world and my own writerly instincts. Some people prefer preparation, but in this book, I'm writing 'by the seat of my pants."
My book is not boring, and it probably won't put my readers to sleep - or at least this is what I'm hoping! Readers who are looking for a good time in the world of books - something lighter and not too profound - will like this book, and I hope readers will take the plunge with me and concentrate more on entertaining literature than more academic and traditional literary material. I have several main characters that I hope the readers will devour, and these characters work within a much quicker pace than much of the ordinary literary work that is out there.