Names have been changed to protect the innocent

I’ve been fielding a lot of fun questions about Go West since Wednesday’s big announcement.  One of the things people often ask is whether anything that happens in the book actually happened to me.  And while I’ve never been a sixteen year old boy, and I was more of a nerd than an under-achiever in high school (shocked gasp), there are some incidents in the story that are culled from my own life experiences.

Running around town in my underwear covered in body paint?  Check!

Seeing someone mix an enormous bowl of  pasta salad topless?  Check!

Watching people throw rotten food at riders during a bike derby?  Check!

Don’t worry college friends, like I said, names have been changed to protect the innocent.