from Pulp Driver
This was so much fun to write. However, here are my excuses – I used Aussie slang as explained by Margot Robbie, and I probably used it poorly. I invented some road systems around Sydney, and happily forgot others. I got wrapped up in Evie, and I dare you not to. I wrote the whole thing in British English, remembered to drive on the left hand side of the road, and I flagrantly sensationalised thievery. Along the way, I watched Death Proof, Baby Driver, John Wick – Chapters 1 and 2 – several times. I endured Vanishing Point – sorry, not a fan, and I read Andrew Vachss’ “The Getaway Man”, and I urge you to do the same. I read Tarantino’s script for “Death Proof”, and tried really, really hard not to fall in love with Jungle Julia – see the film, you’ll understand. Just see it! I let Mad Max inspire me, and I listened to Kasabian so loud it hurt. I accelerated far too quickly onto the motorway, watched too many YouTube car videos (who knew that Jay Leno had a garage?), and, ultimately, I discovered a whole new world that I knew of, but had never explored.
This is what I did while I wrote Pulp Driver.
What you do, is up to you.
I remember feeling quite sick when I saw the original Mad Max (1979) a long time ago. I was in my early teens. Spoiler alert – I wasn’t ready for the scene when Max’ wife and child are killed, even though I am sure it is almost acceptable afternoon viewing today. But the blue, red and yellow Ford Falcon Interceptor, and the black V8 were just magic. Of course, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) blew me away – I had to take my wife, Jane, to see it, so that she would at least have a frame of reference for what I was babbling about for the next few months.
But what’s this all about? Well, Pulp Driver is coming out soon, and I just wanted to say that it’s been a blast trying to translate a car chase scene from the screen to the page. I do have a male main character – Noah Lee, but the rest of the cast, including Mad Maddy Ryan the traffic cop, are all women. If car chases on the streets of Sydney, Australia are your thing, you might want to check it out.
Meanwhile, I’ve got to go and give the text a tune-up.
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I love chase scenes – watching them, writing them, even listening to them. One of my all time favourites is the foot chase in Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Brilliant! Then you’ve got the bank scene from Heat – not so much of a chase as an all out war on the streets – but the music, the build up, well, you’ve got to see it.
So, my parents – yes, parents – forced me to see Baby Driver this Christmas. It’s good, great music, of course, but…
Well, there’s this guy – Daniel Pemberton and he seems to have figured out exactly what to compose when it comes to a good chase scene. I thought he had cracked it with Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but apparently not. Because when I think of my own chase scene in Pulp Driver, it’s the King Arthur soundtrack I have in my head.
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Play it loud!