Guest Post: Author David S. Grant Interviews a character from his new book

I am pleased to have David S. Grant, author of "Blood: The New Red" as a guest poster on Acting Balanced as part of his virtual blog tour
Interview with Mickey from “ Blood: The New Red

David S. Grant was given the opportunity to interview Mickey, his character from “BLOOD: The New Red”, a novel from Offense Mechanism (an imprint of Silverthought Press.)  In order to get the interview David had to agree to buy drinks and dinner at Mickey’s favorite bar, Mad Dog and Beans on Stone Street in New York City.  He also had to agree to supply a joint.

[DSG] When I arrive Mickey is already sitting at the bar sipping a Margarita.  He acknowledges me and points to an open tab.  Mickey is wearing sunglasses (oversized aviators he will later correct me.)  As soon as I sit down he excuses himself to go have a cigarette.  After five minutes he returns.  He asks me to wait five minutes while the bartender gets him another drink.  I ask him if he wants to sit down and eat and he laughs.  His Margarita arrives.

[DSG] Thank you for taking the time to do this, I know you are a busy guy.

[Mickey] No worries, rock and roll dude.

[DSG] First off, I have to ask, how do you stay so cool?  I mean the whole runway show and then Paul Johnson, well, it’s quite shocking.

[Mickey] I disagree with it being shocking.  It’s just an idea, for the public to decide.  I have interest, and am in negotiations for a new reality show with a few networks, casting could begin next year.  I don’t want to go into specifics, but it involves lots of European girls and a VERY long limo.  I’m sorry, what was the question again?

[DSG] Mickey finishes off his second Margarita, motions to the bartender for another one.  We wait for it to arrive.  I decide to move on.  Okay, next question I have is about your Vicodin addiction.  Do you feel you have a problem here, or is this just the way you live?

[Mickey] Actually, I’m in treatment for this.  There was a time two months ago where I found myself in a hotel room holding an egg beater in one hand and dog bone in the other.  I won’t go into details, but there were several girls involved and after two days I found myself passed out in a Toys R Us store.  I checked into treatment the next day.

[DSG] How is that going?

[Mickey]  It’s day to day.  Day to day…

[DSG] Mickey is eye balling a girl who just walked in wearing a hiked up green skirt and has a tattoo of Tom Hanks on her inner thigh.  Tell me about your adult movie career, anything happening there?

[Mickey] That’s a good question.  We were looking to do a reunion show.  We were all set, had a production company interested in our down and out detective movie, but then things went south.  Maybe has something to do with asking all seven of the girls to wear an eye patch, I wrote that into the script.  It’s needed and I’m sure they’ll come around.  I’m expecting a call any day now.

[DSG] Where do you see yourself in ten years?

[Mickey] Wow, that’s the best you got?  Dude, you need to work on your skills.  Anyway, I see myself definitely in the Hollywood business.  I always feel like I’m one phone call away from making that happen.  I’m patient, enjoying New York in the meantime. 

[DSG] Another Margarita for Mickey.  Thank you for taking the time Mickey.  I motion for the tab from the bartender, Mickey motions for one more Margarita before the tab is closed.  By the time I pay the bill, he has finished his drink.  I get up to leave and Mickey grabs me, “Dude, you owe me…”  I reach into my pocket and hand him a joint.  He gets up and lights it before he hits the cobbled street.  Just before parting ways, Mickey lowers his aviators and smiles.

[Mickey] Rock and Roll.

“BLOOD: The New Red” is now available:
Blood: The new Red begins at an after party where Mickey, and ex-adult movie star turned supermodel, is aligning himself with one of top Designers of Seventh Avenue.  While trying to land a job on the runway Mickey is thrown into the center of a scene where sex is often the motivation, the wine is served by year, and cocaine is back in full force.  Juanita, Mickey’s girlfriend is having difficulties staying sober, fully clothed, and off of her famous boyfriend.

Mickey goes to work for Fashion icon Paul Johnson, one of the two top Designers in NYC.  The other is Sandy Johnson, another Designer who will stop at nothing including murder to guarantee victory.  A runway exhibition has been scheduled for the two to compete in and find out who truly is the best Johnson.  Mickey will be Paul’s top model, and Sandy has found a homeless person nicknamed Kung Fu Master to show his line. 

In addition to getting his new line in place, Paul Johnson is also buying chain saws, the louder the better, to put the special in this special event.

Did you know that you can’t be sentenced to prison if actively seeking help at a mental facility?  Paul Johnson knows this.

Somewhere between the girls, counting Vicodin pills, and show preparation Mickey has grown a conscience and no longer likes what he sees.  He believes (and his psychiatrist agrees) that he has the power to change what’s happening around him.

Days before the show Kung Fu Master turns up dead and there is an attempt on Mickey’s life.  After a brief period of unconsciousness Mickey is back, is told that Juanita and brother Cheeks are now also dead and that he must continue with the show.  After all, what would Steven Tyler do?

The night of the show is laced with celebrities and models on the runway as well as one particular popular day-time talk show host that may or may not be murdered on the runway.

In the end only one Johnson will walk away, although this is temporary as Mickey has the last word.

Right before he pops his last Vicodin.

David S. Grant is the author of ten books including “Corporate Porn”, “Bleach|Blackout”, “Hollywood Ending”, and “Rock Stars”.  His latest novel, “Blood: The New Red”, is now available.  David lives and writes his weekly rock, travel, and NBA columns from New York City.  For more information go to  Twitter: @david_s_grant