FIGHT CARD MMA: ROSIE THE RIPPER AUTHOR SAM HAWKEN (WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY) GIVES A SHORT SHARP INTERVIEW ON PAUL D. BRAZILL’S BLOG, YOU WOULD SAY THAT, WOULDN'T YOU?
Fight Card opens round one of 2014 with a scorching Fight Card MMA entry, Rosie The Ripper, from critically acclaimed writer Sam Hawken (writing as Jack Tunney). He is the author of The Dead Women Of Juárez, Tequila Sunset, Juárez Dance, La Frontera, and the Camaro Espinoza novellas. Fight Card MMA: Rosie The Ripper is his first Fight Card entry …
The genesis of Rosie The Ripper was a little different than all the other Fight Card entries since it started with a cover without a story. How did that work for you?
I wrote in an essay everyone can find on the Fight Card site (www.fightcardbooks.com) about how I’m a very visual person, and what’s more I happen to be intensely interested in women’s MMA. With the Rosie cover, the two of these things collided and immediately I started thinking, “I need to write this thing because it’s right up my alley.” The only problem I had was I couldn’t come up with something that would fit the Fight Card format. It took me close to a year of ruminating on that cover, coming back to it periodically, until I finally figured out how to make it work. It was so easy in the end that I’m not sure what took me so long. It helps that the cover (by Keith Birdsong) is great because you want a great story to go along with it and that inspires you to keep trying.
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FIGHT CARD MMA: ROSIE THE RIPPER
Baltimore, 2014 ... Rosie Bratton is a recovering alcoholic. Divorced, working a dead end job, and with a young daughter she only sees on alternate weekends, her life is going nowhere. Her hopes hang on the outcome of a custody battle to regain primary custody of her daughter, and the vague possibility things might get better together.
When circumstances turn bleak, Rosie nearly retreats into the bottle, but her sponsor has a solution. Felix was once a mixed martial arts contender. Now, he’s turned his talent toward teaching his skills to others. If Rosie becomes his student, he hopes she can learn how to be a stronger, focused, better person.
Some people are born to fight – in the cage and out – and Rosie is one of them. When she’s given the moniker Rosie the Ripper, she becomes something more than she was before – and it may be enough to give her a fighting chance …