10/13/15 was a Tuesday, which is the most popular day of the week for new books to be released. This Tuesday was no different except for the fact that the “it” book of the year was being released. No, I’m not talking about my novel; rather a book called City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg hit shelves. It was an important day. Why?
It’s dark outside as I look for street parking. The student housing section of USC is typically packed at this hour and tonight is no exception. I see a sliver of space between two cars and accelerate to get there fast even though there are no other cars on the block. Got it. As I back into the spot I look over my shoulder and see a black car with tinted windows rolling up the street towards me. The headlights are off.
Two characters in my novel have very distinct experiences with predatory lending, and I wanted to walk in their shoes, so I set out to find some cash.