Saturday, November 17, 2007
Finding Funboy by Matt Golec
What's his name? Why did you pick that name?
The main character in the novel “Finding Funboy” is
named August (Gus) Frank III. Gus has a link with the
past through his shared name, yet he goes by ‘Gus’ to
show that he’s also choosing his own path.
Give us a brief description of how he looks. Is
there anything unusual about his appearance?
Gus is an almost-out-of-college journalist, and he
(somewhat reluctantly) compares himself more to Dustin
Hoffman rather than Robert Redford in the movie “All
the President’s Men.”
Who does he love? Why?
As a young, unattached fellow, Gus finds himself
moving closer to friends and away from family -- a
fairly normal part of growing up, but still an
important transition that can be confusing.
Does this person love him?
Gus has loyal, longtime friends who care deeply for
him, although some of those ties are stressed, tested
and transformed by the events that take place in the
Tell us about his family. Are they important to
Gus’ family provides a solid emotional base for him to
stand on. However, as Gus and his brother grow up and
out of the house, their family’s day-to-day influence
wanes as Gus feels his way toward coming into his own.
Where is he from? Does his hometown affect his
behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Gus is from Portland, Maine, a small coastal city
where he’s lived all his life. Although he likes where
he’s from, Gus is beginning to realize that if he
really wants to move into adulthood, he may have to
leave the familiar setting of Portland behind, at
least for a while.
What does he want out of life?
Gus wants to be a reporter, following in the
journalistic footsteps of his father. But because his
dad runs the town’s daily paper, Gus knows he should
probably work at another paper where he can practice
journalism -- and occasionally screw up -- without
worrying about his father looking over his shoulder.
What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't
a spoiler in the story.)
Gus has always had a bit of a crush on his best
friend’s girlfriend, and while it’s not exactly a
closely held secret, these feelings end up coloring
the choices Gus makes in “Finding Funboy.”
Did you write more than one story about him?
No -- as much as I like this character, I think I’ve
told his big story.
How would he describe you?
The older I get, the more I think Gus would describe
me as his father.
Is there anything else about your hero that we need
to know? Feel free to share.
What I really enjoyed about this character was his
growth. It’s the choices he makes and the actions he
takes -- some for the better, some for the worse --
that help form the core of his maturing self.
Please provide your website link.
What is the link to buy your book?