Larry Rochelle in a faux interview with Barry Sanders.
FAUX LARRY ROCHELLE INTERVIEW
WITH BARRY SANDERS of the NEWS & OBSERVER
Barry: So, Occupy Fearrington is the 12th book in your Palmer Morel series?
Larry: Yes, my last one was Bonaventure, set in Savannah.
Barry: Is Palmer still in trouble with the FEDS?
Larry: Yes, his phone is bugged, his activities monitored.
Barry: Is Fearrington Village a big part of the novel?
Larry: Mostly, yes. And at the fictional Deerington Village where Palmer lives. Some scenes are set at The Belted Goat, The Barn, and The Roost. One exciting chase scene takes place along the new Creekwood walking trail in Fearrington. A Fearrington singing group. The Doozies, sings old tunes in the novel.
Barry: You emailed me I have a cameo in your thriller?
Larry: Yes, a news columnist similar to you has a role to play. “Barry Cinders” is a friend of Palmer Morel. That fictional Barry also owns a tricked out car, an older Mercury Marquis with lots of bling and Spinners. Barry and Larry go to a big Occupy protest movement together at Fearrington Village. It’s the climax of the novel.
Barry: Can you tell me a little about the plot? How does the Occupy Movement fit in?
Larry: The Occupy plot is huge and part of the satire. The local right-wing hates the local occupiers. My hero, Palmer Morel, has a girl friend who gets him involved in protesting BOA. So, the police, the mob, and the FEDS target Morel. He has other problems as well. As you know, Morel is a local tennis pro who usually has many women. In this book, he juggles four living women and one dead woman---hard to do on his salary.
Barry: According to your blurb on the book, one of Morel’s women, Anna, drowns in the Turtle Pond?
Larry: Yes, she does, but Morel denies doing it. He says he loves Anna. He would never harm her.
Barry: And what do you think? Would Morel hurt Anna?
Larry: Never. He has a heart of gold. Of course, he’s not very faithful to any one of his women. He likes to love them all.
Barry: In my experience, too much love can spread tension.
Larry: You damn betcha.
Barry: Most of your books include organized crime. Do you think the mob exists in the Triangle area for real?
Larry: Of course, wherever you have prostitutes, topless clubs, drugs and crime, the mob is gonna be there. Palmer tries to avoid the Mob, but he can’t. He becomes entangled. Of course, the Mob is also used by the FEDS in many ways. The MOB and the USA GOVERNMENT are linked in this book and in reality. They feed off each other.