The Darlings of Orange County
Haven't read The Darlings of Orange County by Jennifer S. Devore, yet? You'd best get busy, before everything else in the book comes true! Apparently, it's all happening with frightening speed and accuracy.
So, now Shark Guy exists. If you've read my latest novel, The Darlings of Orange County, you'll know full well the antics of surfer Ryan Darling and his beach-bum pal Pardo Phillips. Most of the time, Ryan and Pardo do little but scope wave action, hang out in Shantytown partaking and creating stoner-rock, drink Sierra Nevada and simply enjoy their blessed lives on California beaches. Unarguably though, their most notable moment in the novel (with the exception of their devilish, dark secrets) is when they kayak fish in the kelp beds off the coast of Encinitas, CA. Ryan hooks a gigantic Great White and gets dragged out to sea! Okay, it's not exactly the same as the shark action off Waianae, HI this week, but it's eerily close.
Novel-Shark Guy, Ryan Darling, ends up on theToday show and scores a book deal, befuddling his brainy beauty of wife, and struggling novelist, Veronica Darling. I've yet to see on which morning news show real life-Shark Guy Isaac Brumaghim ends up tomorrow morning.
There also happens to be, in real-life, a pro surfer by the name of Joel Parkinson; he goes by the nickname Parko. I happen to have a surfer in my book, Parker Phillips III; he goes by the nickname Pardo. IRL Parko, and Parko's IRL attorneys, I swear on my pup's life I was not aware of Mr. Parkinson until a few months ago. All so weird.
To boot, if you've read my bikini-and-martini novel, you'll recall the tasteless, tacky and Übersuccessful, New York Times-bestseller Raina Schein. Raina is nice as pie, but nonetheless remains the "literary" nemesis of our heroine Veronica Darling and author of My Vagina Loves You: a Picture Book. Raina then has the good luck of a Broadway musical, My Vagina Loves You: the Musical , produced by Kathie Lee Gifford. Fifty Shades of Grey ring any bells, anyone?
Consider this, my pretties. I started writing The Darlings of Orange County in 2009; it was published in 2011. Because it is a mild roman à clef (expressionistic autobiographical or, loosely based on real life), it is subtitled as such: The Darlings of Orange County: Based on a Soon-To-Be-True Story. So, what's next? Do "Chet and Lorelei" get a reality show? Do I get a seven-figure movie deal for The Darlings? Does Johnny Depp get kidnapped at my premiere? Crikey, who knows?!
Update, May 5, 2013: So, continuing along the weird track of real-life events mimicking those of my fictional The Darlings of Orange County ... if you've read the book, you'll note a slight similarity in the following, sporting event, to Veronica and Ryan Darling's party day at Del Mar in the Seabiscuit Terrace, organized by their dear friend Kieran Kelly Mulholland.
Whilst it's not quite Del Mar, it is a private party at a SoCal sports venue. Real life-Sugar Belle Darling has organized and invited my Viking and Moi to a private-suite party at Angel Stadium for an Anaheim Angels-Kansas City Royals baseball game. Now, let's see if any of our Darlings get too tipsy and receive a big Angels welcome via a shot on the JumboTron! If that happens ... I'll just plotz! I'm telling you, read it before it happens!
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