So I thought today I would let you know a little bit more about what I did before I started on the paladin. I have had a lot of interest over the years, and those have ranged from writing (of course!) to pro wrestling. Now at first he may wonder how in the heck these two things are connected, but give me just a moment and I’ll explain.
I would like to think that first and foremost I am a storyteller. Now, how those stories are expressed can vary. Of course when I write The Paladin, It’s easy to see what I’m doing. When I ventured into the world of professional wrestling I learned a completely new way of telling stories.
For those that don’t watch professional wrestling may look like a bunch of lunkheads beating each other over the head with stool chairs and grunting on microphones. Well, it kind of is dad. But it’s also so much more. It tells a story. Every match outlines the good guy, the bad guy, and the struggle. And when you get to guys who know each other well, and work together well, you can have some of the most amazing stories ever told. Now, I’m not going to say that I’ve told the most amazing stories in the ring, but I’d like to think that the tales of El Zitro will be remembered by those who watch them.
I learned a lot from my time in the ring. I even traveled all the way to the Netherlands to learn from two of the best I could find on how to refine the craft of telling a story in the rain. What I learned was that it’s not all that different from what I do on the page. First, I have to hook my audience. Do you need to have characters that are memorable, there are a little larger than life, but there are also relatable. You need to have a clear motive and clear obstacle in the form of a villain. Your characters need to know what there after, and I need to know what standing in the way of getting that. And finally, you need to have the struggle. As the Macho Man once put it, the divine contest.
The art of pro wrestling has evolved with storytelling as well. Much like the best stories today, the good guys don’t always win. Sometimes, the best characters out there are the bad guys. They have the best motivations, the best looks to them, and honestly, they usually have the coolest moves. But, even if they plow through all the good guys, the sun eventually rises. For every dark, evil character, there is always a hero to Thort them in the end. But, like real life, the story and pro wrestling never really ends. The good guy will eventually come out on top, yes, but it’s just until the next story begins. And that is when this lovely cycle starts all over again.
So, I hope this gives you a little insight into me. I would like to think that I learned a lot from my time in the rain, and maybe when I get around to it, I’ll put up a couple pictures of my wrestling days. For now though, I just hope that everything I learned in the rain, will come in handy on the page.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.