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The Story Behind the Story – Pump It Up

The Story Behind the Story

Sometime during 2010 I read an article in a local newspaper about a man who had been arrested for practicing medicine without a license…but he wasn’t diagnosing illnesses or prescribing medication. He was performing cosmetic enhancements by injecting women with industrial grade silicone…or – in more colloquial terms – he was doing boob and butt jobs using the same caulking you’d use around your bathtub.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the story went on to say that the same man had been arrested in Miami a few years earlier when one of his “patients” died. In that case he was granted immunity from prosecution by testifying against his partner – who was found guilty and sentenced for murder.

It was painfully obvious to me that this story was begging to be turned into a novel.

You know what they say…you can’t make this stuff up!

I did some research about these “pumping parties”, as they are known, and found out that it is, scarily, more common than you might think. So, like Water Hazard tried to shed some light on an environmental issue, I figured Pump It Up might shed some light on this issue…in an entertaining way.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Easter Egg I put in the story…

It began on Halloween night when I was about 8 or 9 years old. My mother, for reasons I can’t recall, was unavailable to take my two younger sisters and me trick-or-treating – so my older brother Ted, in a moment of hilarious spontaneity, dressed like my mother, miniskirt, stockings, wig and all, and took us around the neighborhood. The story is legendary in my family, and it was easily the most fun I ever had on Halloween.

You may be wondering what that has to do with Pump It Up…it’s actually a pretty funny connection.

The character Brewski, as you can read here, was named after the aforementioned brother Ted. While I was writing the book I realized that this was my chance to immortalize that legendary Halloween by inserting a scene in which Brewski dresses in drag to do a little undercover recon.

Generally Brewski is Ike’s right-hand-man, but in Pump It Up I guess you could say he becomes a…leg man.

…and that’s the story behind the story.

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