Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Love God of Indian Frybread

Ever Beleno just met an older man...about two thousand years older!

By A.J. Llewellyn

Several months ago I had afternoon tea with my friend Rosie and a bunch of other people who plan esoteric day trips that had, up until this occasion never really inspired my romance novels. They were, however a much needed diversion from my computer.
Somebody casually mentioned the Mummies of the World exhibit and I was excited to join the group planning a trip there.
I asked Rosie if she wanted to go.
"Oh, no." She actually shivered. "I'd be too afraid of something following me home."
Dear, darling, Rosie. She inspired what has become my latest novel, The Love God of Indian Frybread.
In it, Ever Beleno, a Hollywood archivist, goes to the exhibit and is followed home by the spirit of an ancient Egyptian priest.
I went to the exhibit myself, stunned by the crush of people. I'd never heard of the Science Museum up until that day and it was an effort to get a closer look at all the mummies. I'd had no idea that Egypt wasn't the only country to mummify people, and/or animals. The exhibit is macabre but fascinating. I had trouble with the mummified dogs, cats, monkeys and lizards etc...but in the back of my mind came the idea:
Ever Beleno just met an older man...about two thousand years older!
The story took shape quickly once I set on how I would tell my tale. I did some research into Egyptian pharaohs and also used a roommate I once had who collects Hollywood memorabilia from studio dumpsters and combined the two.
Every dumpster dive depicted is true and my mate John has the actual Lost in Space spaceship in his living room. Many years ago when we shared digs, you couldn't get past the damned thing it took up so much er...space.
He was fond of inviting strangers over to look at his finds. I woke up one night to a lot of noise and found actor Christian Slater in our living room. I think he was a little bemused by it all, but he was apparently a huge sci-fi fan and once people got a close look at that space ship, they knew they were seeing something special.
John even had a massive gun prop from the British series Red Dwarf he hijacked from a dumpster in London. Try getting on board a plane with a five-foot weapon in this post 9/11 era.
It was fun to visit old Hollywood and recall my fondness for its history for The Love God of Indian Frybread. There are many of us who are passionate about the old stars, the old time movies and Hollywood legend.
I took my niece and nephew to Universal Studios during the writing of this book and in what was a clear case of serendipity, we rode that manic roller coaster The Mummy's Revenge, which gave me my final piece to the book's puzzle.
Of course, I wanted to write down verbatim what the mummy shrieks on the ride and had no trouble convincing the kids to go on it a second time. But these are, after all, the same kids who have forced me to sit through multiple viewings of the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame many times in a single weekend.
Going on a ride twice? Easy peasy.
Thanks to Amber Allure, The Love God God of Indian Frybread is out now in ebook form and soon to be released in paperback.
Please leave a comment to qualify for a paperback copy of the book!
Purchase Link and Hot Excerpt: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/LoveGod.html

Aloha oe,


NancyL said...

AJ I always enjoy your books! You have the most exotic backdrops for your stories and I really miss Hawaii. Love the legends and folklore you incorporate - makes me feel like I'm part of it all. so thanks for sharing your stories

Gisteen said...

It truly amazes me how and where your ideas come from. Such a simple thing as a random day trip and viola you have a book. You also have some of the best encounters with old Hollywood and people in general and I know you are saving all this for a fantastic memoir. Thanks for the memories...Your stories are fabulous!!

Dawn R. said...

Loved the post AJ. I am surprised how many authors find their ideas at unique places. :) Thanks for sharing your inspiration for your new book.

vickey said...

Wow AJ! i love when you tell us a snippet of your life, its always interesting. The musuem sounds really great,so im sure the book is amazing.:) I wouldnt mind if a hot spirit follows me home. hee hee. thanks for the wonderful stories and insight on how your books come about! :)

Dragon Lady said...

AJ, thanks so very much for the back story! It isn't often that we hear one. The story sounds GREAT!

I have to say, I envy you with meeting Christian Slater. Loved him since Heathers! And the space/sci fi stuff? AWESOME! My hubby would go nuts over that stuff. He is a huge sci fi fan. Hell, our oldests name came from the original Star Trek series!

Stacy Wilson

Desirée Lee said...

Muses, gotta love them, right? Your research for this book sounds fascinating.

What I wouldn't give to have a window into your thoughts AJ. Incredible work comes out of your brain.

Great premise and I love the title. Very catchy. I suck at book titles. Toss some of that mojo my way please? :-)

Carpe Noctem,

Desirée Lee
Putting the Romance back in Necromancy

Lisa Cunningham said...


Love this book. I visited Universal Studios in Florida where they also have the Mummy ride. We stayed at one of the hotels onsite which allowed us to get to the front of the line. We went on the ride about 8 times in a row. While you are in the ride, it takes your picture. When the ride is over, it leads you to the stores where you can buy the picture or anything to do with the Mummy. After one ride as we were walking out the store, one of what I thought were statues bent over and scared me half to death. I think I jumped 10 feet and yelled at him "you scared the shit out of me".


phoenixemrys said...

Dude, seriously, have you ever NOT had anything amazingly cool and unique happen to you? Your life seems to be one long, uninterrupted series of amazing anecdotes.

Good for you!