OS: Welcome to Michael Rupured here to talk about The Case of the Missing Drag Queen!
Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog. I’m super excited about the upcoming release of The Case of the Missing Drag Queen, now available for preorder from DSP Publications. This is my first novel set in Lexington KY. There’s much to love about the town where I grew up, came out, and lived for many years, but thoroughbred horse farms and the industry that grew up around them is what sets the Horse Capital of the World apart from other cities.
The story takes place in 1982. Reagan was in the White House, MTV was new, and cordless telephones were high tech. With no internet or cell phones to find a hookup, gay bars across the United States were the center of the universe for the LGBT community. Much of The Case of the Missing Drag Queen is set in a three-story megabar called the Garden, featuring the Gilded Lily Showroom, the Green Carnation Disco, the Lavender Rose piano bar, and the Red Poppy sports bar.
Researching the music—the MTV playlist airing at the time and the numbers performed by the drag queens—triggered the return of long-forgotten memories. I had a full head of hair back then parted in the middle and carefully beat back into a look with a brush and blow dryer before being laminated into place with Aussie hairspray.
The trip down Memory Lane was fun to write. Pixie Wilder had me wrapped around her little finger early in the process. I suspect we’ll hear from her again.
Broke, saddled with a mountain of debt, and dependent on his Aunt Callie’s support, aspiring writer Luke Tanner has returned to Kentucky to put his life back together after a failed five-year relationship.
On his twenty-fifth birthday, Luke meets diminutive Pixie Wilder, a long-time performer at the Gilded Lily. After headliner Ruby Dubonnet doesn’t show up, Pixie takes her place as the star of the show—a motive that makes her a suspect in Ruby’s disappearance.
Luke reluctantly agrees to help his new-found friend clear her name. He and Pixie set out to find the missing drag queen, and in the process, put themselves in danger.
Michael Rupured writes stories true enough for government work about gay life from the 1960s to today. This life-long Southerner was born in Fayetteville NC, grew up in Lexington KY, and after 18 months in Washington DC, moved to Athens GA where he’s lived since 1999. By day, he’s senior faculty in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. He’s an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, the Kentucky Wildcats, and any team playing the Florida Gators. In his free time, Michael tinkers with his garden, plays with Toodles (his diabetic chihuahua), and keeps up with his many friends around the country. Previous novels include Until Thanksgiving (thriller), No Good Deed (mystery/thriller), Whippersnapper (regional), and Happy Independence Day (historical). Visit his website (http://rupured.com), follow on Twitter @Crotchetyman), like his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichaelRupured/) or shoot him a message (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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