Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Finding Funboy by Matt Golec
Tell us a bit about your book.
"Finding Funboy" is the story of a young, not-quite-out-of-college journalist who tries to find a missing childhood friend. What starts as a simple favor quickly turns complicated, as the narrator's search for Funboy changes forever the way he sees his friend -- and himself.
Call it a pulp detective novel crossed with a coming-of-age story, or "The Big Sleep" meets "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (apologies to Bogart and Broderick).
Tell us about the best friend - gender, age, appearance, how they came to be with the hero or heroine and anything else we need to know about them.
The best friend is Funboy of the book’s title, and he and the main character have known each other since childhood. I have a few friends that go back that far, and I think there’s a special quality about friendships that span our entire lives. Those friends met you before you learned grown-up manners and societal expectations, and in many ways they know the ‘real’ you better than anyone outside your family.
Does the best friend have a specific purpose in the book?
Funboy -- the best friend -- represents the past for the main character as he struggles with coming into his own as an adult.
How does your hero or heroine feel about the best friend? Are there problems between the best friend and your main characters?
The main character definitely feels conflicted about this best friend. The first time we hear about Funboy, he’s made off with the main character’s bicycle -- unasked, as his style. The main character loves this guy like a brother, but as they’ve gotten older, Funboy’s irresponsible, devil-may-care nature has begun to cast a shadow on their friendship. As the main character searches for Funboy, these conflicts come to represent the main character’s sometimes rocky path in coming of age.
How would your hero or heroine handle their problems or difficulties with the best friend?
In a normal situation, they’d probably shout it out or knock each other around before ending up laughing at themselves -- they’re young guys, after all. But “Finding Funboy” covers a time that’s anything but normal, and the way the main character learns how to step into adulthood while integrating aspects of his childhood -- especially his best friend, Funboy -- is the heart of the book.
Do you see the best friend ever having their own story?
No -- as much as I like these characters, I think I’ve told their stories.
Was the best friend inspired by anyone you know?
Funboy is a mix of a bunch of people I knew -- a little bit from here, a little bit from there, and a little bit out of my own head. I don’t think it’s wise to drop a real person whole cloth into a fiction story -- real people deserve their privacy, of course, but it can also be difficult to get your characters to do what you want them to do if they’re too heavily based on real people.
Is there anything else about the best friend that we need to know? Feel free to share.
While long-time friends can be great rocks of stability as we go through the twists and turns of getting older, they can also hold a person back if they fail to grow up, or if they grow in an incompatible direction. Funboy is the focus of the main character’s attempts to grapple with this contradiction.
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