“My name is Arlington, because I am the cemetery of all her dreams.”
The new female protagonist of Keeping Bad Company is named after my late grandfather, Arlie. I love that name; I always thought it would be cute for a little girl. It's a little obscure. When in doubt, always go with the obscure, I say.
This novel is a family drama, more than anything else. Part thriller, part romance, part mystery, no formula. It's by far the bloodiest of the Russell books, and it sets up two offshoot novels that may or may not ever see the light of day. The more books I complete, the more I know I don't want to write genre fiction; this is a big, action-packed novel that I hope people will want to get lost inside. It is, above all else, about family.
Johnny's story has been a blast to write, in part because I have such a soft spot for secondary characters. Secondary he is no longer.
Release date coming soon. I'm thinking about 8 weeks.