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Daniel Blake Smith Author Interview

Crazy Love follows two lovers that want a better life away from crime, when their past catches up to them, can their romance survive? What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Crazy Love is a sort of a sequel, as its two lead characters, Danny Fenton and Dawn Robinson, appeared prominently (though not as the main protagonists) in my debut novel about the Fenton family, Mr. Wonderful (2018). They were the misfit dreamers, prone to trouble, offspring of that novel’s focus, Brian and Corinne Fenton. Many readers told me how much they enjoyed Danny and Dawn in that first novel and wondered what might happen to them in the future? I shared that interest. So, I began writing a novel about the troubled but charismatic nature of their relationship and put them on the run trying to reinvent themselves in the big city of St. Louis. It became Crazy Love.

What was your inspiration for the character’s interactions and backstories?

Like a lot of writers, my inspiration is a combination of real, observed people and pure fiction. My son, truth be told, served as a bit of inspiration for Danny—he’s always been a ‘shoot from the hip’, spontaneous, ‘figure it out on the road’ kind of guy and his taste in girlfriends includes equally brash and brassy women like Dawn. And I thought that taking their very different occupational dream worlds—Danny as a newly-minted private investigator and Dawn as a first-time restaurant owner—and putting them into unexpected, even dangerous, conflict would make for a strong, intriguing crime story as well as an engaging love adventure.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I’m a big dreamer myself—as I think a lot of people are—so I wanted to explore not only how dreams powerfully shape our life decisions but also how they can get us into trouble. Hence the book’s tagline: ‘What happens when your biggest dreams become your biggest problems?’ I also think the idea of reinventing ourselves is a quintessential American trait (perhaps even universal one) and that readers could really resonate with that sort of theme.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m not currently working on a book, but I AM working on an important next life for Crazy Love: I’m finishing up some rewrites on the dramatic film adaptation of the book—I work as a writer/producer in the film business as well as a book author. And I’m happy to say, we’re looking to go into production on Crazy Love, the film, by late fall of this year!

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Danny Fenton and Dawn Robinson are two twenty-something misfit dreamers. They have fled their down-and-out existence in backwoods Arkansas, hoping to make a new life for themselves in the big city of St. Louis. Leaving sketchy jobs behind, Danny is starting afresh as a private investigator while Dawn schemes to open her own restaurant, The Dawn of Good Eats.
But they soon find that it’s not so easy to outrun their past as dangerous and depressing connections catch up with them. Dawn finds herself unwittingly entangled in an illegal scheme that Danny accidentally exposes in an off-the-books investigative effort. With criminal activity that Danny can’t ignore, Dawn finds her dream threatened by the very person she loves the most.
How they find their way through this tragicomic clash of their desperate but endearing ambitions reveals the magic of their crazy love.

Crazy Love

Crazy Love by Daniel Blake Smith is a story about a young couple named Danny Fenton and Dawn Robinson. After getting on the wrong side of Dawn’s former boss, the couple flees Memphis with everything they own packed in their car and the intention of starting over and making a new, better life for themselves in St. Louis. Using an inheritance Danny received from his grandmother, Danny plans to be a private investigator, and Dawn wants to open her own restaurant. Things seem to be going well–until their past catches up to them. Will Dawn and Danny be able to overcome their previous mistakes?

I liked that some chapters in this book were told from the point of view of Brian and Corinne (Danny’s parents), which gives the reader a bit of insight into how others viewed Danny and Dawn and their actions. When the couple was forced to leave their old lives behind, I liked that Danny and Dawn made an effort to turn their lives around since they had previously seemed to have no real direction or realistic ambitions.

After Danny’s history of dreaming of get-rich-quick schemes and making it big, I liked seeing how he paid his dues, investigating what he considered mundane cases, and trying to prove himself. I enjoyed reading about him, following the clues to gather evidence. In contrast, Dawn’s success with the restaurant happened so quickly that I felt it didn’t feel believable, so what happened next did not come as a surprise. Nevertheless, I liked how things turned out in the end for Danny and Dawn.

While I enjoyed the story I was a bit confused with the geography and the descriptions of where they were driving and directions, and by the relationship between Danny and Corinne, if she was his mom or stepmom. These aside, the story was entertaining and well-paced, making for an enjoyable read.

Crazy Love is a riveting adventure novel that includes a heartfelt love story and an enthralling mystery. All this together makes for a thrilling plot that will leave readers in suspense to see if Dawn and Danny can survive yet another run of bad luck.

Pages: 173 | ASIN : B09NJNRG5H

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Danny Fenton and Dawn Robinson are two twenty-something misfit dreamers. They have fled their down-and-out existence in backwoods Arkansas, hoping to make a new life for themselves in the big city of St. Louis. Leaving sketchy jobs behind, Danny is starting afresh as a private investigator while Dawn schemes to open her own restaurant, The Dawn of Good Eats.

But they soon find that it’s not so easy to outrun their past as dangerous and depressing connections catch up with them. Dawn finds herself unwittingly entangled in an illegal scheme that Danny accidentally exposes in an off-the-books investigative effort. With criminal activity that Danny can’t ignore, Dawn finds her dream threatened by the very person she loves the most.

How they find their way through this tragicomic clash of their desperate but endearing ambitions reveals the magic of their crazy love.

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