Author releases novel inspired by mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger in time for his eighty-third birthday
QUINCY, Mass. and OGDEN, Utah, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Alison McLennan, a native of Quincy, MA, began her debut novel, Falling for Johnny, two years before the fugitive Whitey Bulger was apprehended. Intrigued by the fact that she once lived across the street from him, she based the fictional character, Johnny McPherson, in Falling for Johnny on James “Whitey” Bulger.
“He’d been missing for sixteen years, and I figured he was either dead or would never resurface. After living with him in my imagination, I awoke the morning of my fortieth birthday to the news he’d been arrested. Last September I sent him a letter in prison and told him about the novel. He wrote back and told me, among other things, that he came to Ogden, Utah when he first went on the lam. He wished me luck with the book.”
When asked about his trial, the author said, “I doubt we’ll ever know the truth about Bulger’s relationship with the FBI, but his trial will be interesting. The primary reason I write fiction is because I don’t have faith in absolute truth. Ultimately, Falling for Johnny isn’t about the life and crimes of James Whitey Bulger. It’s about falling; falling into crime; falling for drugs and the sweet numbing effects of libations; falling in love; and most of all falling for people who aren’t who they pretend to be.”
Based on the merit of Falling for Johnny, McLennan was awarded the first Dennis Lehane fellowship for fiction to the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College. Purchase the novel or ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Alison-McLennan/e/B00721PBVI
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Title: Falling for Johnny
Friendship between a teenage girl and a crime boss becomes dangerous when she discovers his identity.
Author: Alison McLennan
Publication Date: August 2012
Publisher: Twisted Roots Publishing
Media Contact: Alison McLennan Twisted Roots Publishing, 801-317-6937, firstname.lastname@example.org
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