Plausibility is a b*tch…

This week my agent will be sending out my first work of fiction. I actually started it four years ago. This is what I originally wrote when I started the book.

Over the past few years drugs and alcohol took control of my life. It’s a well-worn tale, I know. You stop short on the sidewalk in New York City and ten addicts with the same story will pile into you. This is not one of those stories.

The darkness of my addiction became more than a metaphor to me. And I’d be willing to wager, if such a study could be done, that every drug addict endures a similar experience. The experts in the field of recovery will tell you the shadows you see out of the corner of your eyes, the inexplicable loss of time and memory, the helpless sensation of being led to your inevitable demise by something or someone, are all manifestations of your drug and alcohol abuse. But I would submit that every addict locked by the chains of their addiction would bet their last stash that they’re at the mercy of a power even greater than drugs and alcohol, and, perhaps, even more sinister.


Four years ago it was titled Drug Possession a MemNoir and now it’s a paranormal thriller called  Under the Influence. I was the main character and now it’s a 25 year old local from Westhampton Beach. So much has changed over the years I can’t even keep track of all of the drafts. But the biggest thing I’ve learned during this process is that plausibility is a b*tch. The hurdle is so much higher in fiction than non-fiction. If not every box is checked and every i dotted and t crossed before the craziness starts to happen than we’ve lost our readers.

Who knows if we’ll be able to sell it, but I have my fingers crossed.

6 thoughts on “Plausibility is a b*tch…

  • Phillip P.

    Back & forth btw 2 guys who’ve I’ve come across this year and enjoyed both their works, thoroughly (“Gods of Greenwich” & “Buy Side”).

    Awesome, thanks for linking via Twitter Turney.

    Looking forward to your new fiction Turney; and the one you’re releasing Norb (I remember something in the sample about kicking a door w an “oxford blood shoe”– genius).

  • Norb Vonnegut

    Turney, your point about plausibility is right on. I once wrote a character who took estrogen to improve his trading. Big fight with my editor. I had to show him the court documents to show that it really happened. (Also the scientific studies.) That said, our back-and-forth discussions are what helped me make that trader plausible.

    Can’t wait to read your novel.

    • Turney Duff Post author

      Thanks Norb – I know I hate it when I read a book or watch a movie and say, “why don’t they just do this…” or “that would never happen because of x, y and z.” It always ruins the story for me.

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