Noir? No Are? Nwar? What now?
I occasionally participate in an author event called Noir at the Bar. Local writers bring crime and “noir” themed stories to scandalize listeners with tales of the seedy underbelly of society. Oh, and also to drink, socialize and terrorize ourselves by reading in public. This time around our date falls on the day after Valentine’s Day and our ring leader has decreed it to be a night of lost love, long hangovers, and doomed romance. It’s Noir at the Bar – Heartbreakers Edition.
So What Kind of Noir Are You Writing?
True confession time… I’m terrible at noir. I have a general lack of depression and tend to write characters I like. And since the nihilistic outlook seems to be the hallmark of noir that kind of makes me Noir-light at best. So usually I write crime stories about characters who have managed to get themselves into a little bit of a pickle or are trying to get ahead for once.
This time out I’m reading The Rage Cage. I got the idea for this story from a therapist friend of mine who mentioned that one of her clients worked at a rage cage, and then of course, I had to ask, “What’s a Rage Cage?” It’s an establishment that let’s you smash everything. If you’ve ever wanted to reenact the printer beat down scene from Office Space, they can make that happen for you. They have enumerable objects to smash and lots of things to smash them with. I don’t know if it’s any cheaper than therapy, but you might get a work out. And they find those smashable items in auctions of online storage units. If someone forgets to pay their storage unit, the storage company will auction off the units. Usually, someone will buy these contents sight unseen, pick through and sell what they can for a profit. But a rage cage business is looking for breakable items. But that got me thinking about just what kind of items might turn up in those storage unit collections…
The Rage Cage
When Amber, the manager at the Rage Cage, stumbles on her ex-husband’s belongings among the items from a storage unit auction, she learns a secret that changes everything about her marriage and concocts a plan for revenge.
So wish me luck as I venture forth out into… gulp… the public and read The Rage Cage to it’s very first audience.
Bethany Maines is the award-winning author of action-adventure and fantasy tales that focus on women who know when to apply lipstick and when to apply a foot to someone’s hind end. She can usually be found chasing after her daughter, or glued to the computer working on her next novel (or screenplay). You can also catch up with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and BookBub.