“I wanted to achieve greatness and prioritized accordingly.”

I wanted to achieve greatness and prioritized accordingly. Relationships were contra productive to my career. Starting a family was out of the question. Keeping up with friends didn’t really make the list – hell, I didn’t even know who my real friends were.

– Jack Reynolds.

Read how Jack gets his Wake-Up Call

What’s An Everyday Psychopath?

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That’s the question I asked myself before I published my new short story collection by the same name, Everyday Psychopaths. There’s something fascinating about people going crazy and doing unpredictable things. Crazy people are all around us and there’s at least a little bit of crazy in all of us.

Being crazy or a psychopath are of course loose terms that are hard to define. People tend to throw them around without any medical examinations to back them up. But if you google/wiki the word the following definition comes up:

Psychopathy is a personality or mental disorder characterized partly by antisocial behavior, a diminished capacity for remorse, and poor behavioral controls. As a diagnostic category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, psychopathy has been replaced by antisocial personality disorder (ASPD).

Surely, most people don’t see it exactly like that when they hear the word “psychopath”, but the “diminished capacity for remorse” is pretty much spot on.

In Everyday Psychopaths you find three stories, all with some level of psychopath in them. They’re full of dark humor and best described with the line:

[symple_highlight color=”yellow”]Everyday Psychopaths is a collection of short stories that will both frighten you and make you laugh out loud. Warning: reading these three stories can make you sound like a crazy person. Kind of like an Everyday Psychopath…[/symple_highlight]

Everyday Psychopaths-lowThe stories in Everyday Psychopaths:

A Killer Date

This is a horror story written with portion of humor. Inspired by Stephen King. Here you find the most obvious use of an Everyday Psychopath.

30 minutes into the date, Sheila thinks there’s magic in the air between her and Terry. She can hardly believe her luck to have met a man who seems to have everything. She wants to pinch her arm and ask herself if it’s too good to be true, but if she did the answer would be: Yes, it is too good to be true, because the truth is actually horrifying…

Quotes from A Killer Date:

Terry loved relaxed candlelight dinners and red wine. It was a nice contrast from work and killing people.

“You are so beautiful, I could eat you,” he said.
And it was true. Her smile was as intoxicating as the wine.
And he could eat her.

“You have really nice teeth,” Terry said and thought they could be excellent for his collection of exquisite human body parts.

 The Development Talk

In the Development Talk you find Jasper who’s up for his yearly development talk. Jasper hates meetings and he hates them even more now that his new manager is Stephen – a classic everyday psychopath.

Quotes from The Development Talk:

“He was a strange mix of Heinrich Himmler and Barney the Dinosaur.”

“A perfectionist,” Stephen repeated. On his lips the word seemed to taste of excrement.

He gave Jasper a look of…yes what was that look? Amusement, malice or constipation?

 The Worst/Best Day of My Life

Joe hasn’t had the best time lately. His life seems to be going steadily downwards – at least if you asked him. When his hated colleague Mary Pedersen (everyday psychopath!) steals the promotion he thought he was going to get, things get even worse. And sometimes things has to get a lot worse before they get better.

Quotes from The Worst/Best Day of My Life:

I guess all my afternoon beers and burgers were catching up with me, which made me want to scream THEN WHY NOT MY HAIR!? 

No matter how many tapes of whale sounds I listened to, I made Hitler look like a Woodstock survivor.

That casserole tasted like mashed-up sewage rat and I knew I couldn’t force that down one more time, even if it was chased by a pint of beer.

And to top the collection off I’ve included generous samples of The Wake-Up Call and Hollywood Ass. where both womanizing, workaholic, narcissist Jack Reynolds and Hollywood A-list actress B possess excellent everyday psychopath qualities.

I hope you like my little tribute to everyday psychopaths. May we never become like them.

THE WAKE-UP CALL

You either love him or hate him. No matter if you think he’s an asshole or just a nice guy in a heap of trouble, Jack Reynolds will stir your feelings. Do like 40 000 readers and enjoy his story…

You can buy The Wake-Up Call (print) at The Book Depository or Amazon US and UK Or why not as an e-book? Amazon US, UK, FR, IT, DE, ES.

Book description:

On the surface he has it all: the women, the career, and the Central Park view penthouse, but behind his well-groomed and chiseled facade he has nothing.

At least this is what he’s about to realize.

At age 35, alpha-male Jack Reynolds’ workaholic, womanizing and self-centered behavior is catching up with him both physically and mentally. After a series of grave romantic mistakes, he tries to get away from it all by boarding a plane to Cancun, Mexico.

But Jack soon realizes he can’t really run away from anything…

…especially not himself.

Find out how Jack gets his life-changing wake-up call in this fast-paced, heartfelt and funny novel about soul-searching, friendship, and love.

Readers response to The Wake-Up Call…
“A contemporary Don Draper!”
“A riveting page-turner.”
“Brilliant fun for small money.”
“If you don’t smile to this book, you probably never smile anyway.”
“Like a male Bridget Jones in the voice of Marian Keyes.”
“Good style, great flow! Can’t remember that a book entertained me this much.”
Gritty, realistic and a damn good read!”
“The Wake-Up Call really has it all – you laugh, you’re moved and most of all you’re entertained.”

The Wake-Up Call reached the semi-finals in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012.

What’s the Wake-Up Call?

So what’s The Wake-Up Call? It’s a novel about a self-centered, womanizing, workaholic and narcissistic creative director called Jack Reynolds whose life changes completely after a few romantic mistakes.

The Wake-Up Call has been downloaded +40 000 times and reached the semi-finals of The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012. Buy it in print at The Book Depository or Amazon US and UK Or why not as an e-book? USUKFRITDEES

Remember that you don’t need a Kindle to download a book from Amazon. You can read from any digital device. Read more about the Kindle apps.

About the book:

You either love him or hate him. No matter if you think he’s an asshole or just a nice guy in a heap of trouble, Jack Reynolds will stir your feelings…

On the surface he has it all: the women, the career, and the Central Park view penthouse, but behind his well-groomed and chiseled facade he has nothing.

At least this is what he’s about to realize.

At age 35, alpha-male Jack Reynolds’ workaholic, womanizing and self-centered behavior is catching up with him both physically and mentally. After a series of grave romantic mistakes, he tries to get away from it all by boarding a plane to Cancun, Mexico.

But Jack soon realizes he can’t really run away from anything…

…especially not himself.

Find out how Jack gets his life-changing wake-up call in this fast-paced, heartfelt and funny novel about soul-searching, friendship, and love.

Readers response to The Wake-Up Call…
“A contemporary Don Draper!”
“A riveting page-turner.”
“Brilliant fun for small money.”
“If you don’t smile to this book, you probably never smile anyway.”
“Like a male Bridget Jones in the voice of Marian Keyes.”
“Good style, great flow! Can’t remember that a book entertained me this much.”
Gritty, realistic and a damn good read!”
“The Wake-Up Call really has it all – you laugh, you’re moved and most of all you’re entertained.”

The Wake-Up Call – a self-publishing experiment

My first novel is called The Wake-Up Call, it is currently available on Amazon Kindle and in print at The Book Depository (Europe) and Amazon US. It has currently had more than 35 000 downloads as an e-book, which I’m very happy with. I wrote the book as an experiment to see whether or not a reader would sympathise with what many would call an “asshole” if he told his story from the first-person perspective. I’m not surprised that the feedback has been mixed, some people love the book and to get inside the head of the main character Jack Reynolds, while some people think he’s too morally corrupt to bother with. My next novel,Hollywood PA, will not be as controversial and will hopefully get more even (positive) feedback.

Self-publishing a book was an exciting experiment and I’m happy that so many have read the book without me having a massive advertising vehicle slash publishing house behind me. I like to call it an experiment because you obviously get a lot of things wrong the first time you do it and when you click “Publish” you open yourself up to all kinds of criticism. But, on the other hand, if you never click that button you will never know where you stand and never learn how to improve. Writing is all about staying at it, getting better and not giving in to doubt. And if we just stay at it we will all come out wiser.

I hope you take the time to check out my book. Below you will find out a little more about it. /J.

About The Wake-Up Call

Jack is 35 years old but has never been in a serious relationship…
He’s been busy building his career. He’s met plenty of girls, but just not the right one.

On a well-needed trip away from his beloved New York he falls in love. With not one but TWO girls. Soon they all come together for the most awkward dinner of their lives. And it’s only the start of complications…

Find out how Jack gets his life-changing wake-up call in this fast-paced, heartfelt and entertaining novel about soul-searching, friendship, and love.

Readers response to The Wake-Up Call…
“A contemporary Don Draper.”
“A riveting page-turner.”
“Brilliant fun for small money.”
“If you don’t smile to this book, you probably never smile anyway.”
“Like a male Bridget Jones in the voice of Marian Keyes.”
“Good style, great flow! Can’t remember that a book entertained me that much.”
Gritty, realistic and a damn good read!”
“The Wake-Up Call really has it all – you laugh, you’re moved and most of all you’re entertained.”

Go to the official site for The Wake-Up Call

A Wake-Up Call inspired poster

I wouldn’t say the TV series Mad Men is very close to The Wake-Up Call but there’s something about the cover to series 4 that gives me that Jack Reynolds-feeling from this scene:

Stepping inside my ridiculously large and luxurious office immediately makes me feel a tiny bit better. It’s supposed to be the warmest welcome you can get to your workday and it’s somewhat comforting that it still does to me. You see, I was always a sucker for the Wall Street movies, from Gordon Gekko to Patrick Bateman (yeah, although he’s a psycho you’ve got to admit the guy’s got class) and I always wanted floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, big expensive art on the walls and a large dominating desk giving you the feeling that here works one of the most powerful men in New York. The view from here, on the 34th floor, is breathtaking. Everything in it is carefully thought out, has a price tag that blows your mind and screams POWER. If you’re in a salary discussion with me and you’re not intimidated, then I am.

Mad Men is by the way an excellent series with a score of 8.9 out of 10 on IMDB.

Retro New York images

There are some really cool New York images from the 40s here. If you check them out you’ll find that some things have changed big-time but some have hardly changed at all! The beautiful city of New York still carries that special, vibrant glow that makes people write poems, books and make movies about it. It’s a city with a pulse entirely of its own.

When I wrote my novel The Wake-Up Call I had to place the main parts of it there, although I knew it’s kind of a cliché. My central character Jack Reynolds simply couldn’t be based anywhere else but in the world’s capital and I couldn’t write so lovingly about any other city in the world.

Google analytics tells me a lot of my visitors find the New York tag but I’m not exactly sure why or from where. Sure, I write a lot about New York, but I still can’t figure out why the New York googlers keep on coming.

I guess I should hope a few of them happen to stumble upon my book…

The Wake-Up Call: Out in the Kindle store now

You can now buy my book The Wake-Up Call in the Amazon Kindle store by clicking this link

Please remember that you don’t need an Amazon Kindle to read Kindle store books. You can read it on your mobile phone, your iPad, your Mac or your PC. Find out all the different platforms here

About The Wake-Up Call

The Wake-Up Call is about a crazy month in the life of New York advertising star Jack Reynolds. Jack is a workaholic whose sharp-mouthed, self-destructive and arrogant behavior is about to crash down on him and change his life forever.

The Wake-Up Call deals with Jack’s battle against stress and loneliness, his search for love, and ultimately his struggle to understand himself.

Walk a mile in Jack’s shoes. You’ll surely be entertained, annoyed, endeared and maybe also shed a tear. And in the end you’ll probably find that he’s not very different from you and I.