Date Published: 11-16-2019
Silicon Valley Tech meets The Cocaine Trade.
Can you program yourself into a winner?
In the San Francisco Bay Area, tech innovation is King, and money is God.
Vik Singh watched his immigrant parents work their fingers to the bone chasing the American Dream. But standing at his father's funeral, he realizes one thing - hustling will get you nowhere. All you need to get rich is one big idea.
And when he meets Los, a small-time drug lord with visions of grandeur, Vik makes a plan worthy of Jobs and Zuckerberg:
Design a drug sale app.
After all, market disruption is everything.
From his comfortable cottage in Lake Tahoe, Vik writes the code that builds a cocaine empire. When his app attracts an infamous drug cartel leader, it seems like a natural expansion move. And for a while, life is Swiss bank accounts, luxe coke parties, and falling in love with Remi, a beautiful and ballsy woman with secrets of her own.
Then he discovers he is being watched.
The DEA is closing in, the cartel is getting suspicious, and he can trust no one. As things heat up, Vik discovers the real price of easy money.
And that price could be his life.
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What is the hardest part of writing
I’d say the stage between the spark of inspiration and the facing of the completely blank white page is the hardest—you’ve got a concept, but there’s no words down yet. When I go for a run, that first mile is usually the hardest. The body kind of rebels, there’s that itchy uncomfortable feeling on your skin as the sweating starts, the stomach churns, etc. That’s the first “mile” of writing. Then you kind of hit a rhythm, and suddenly the miles start ticking off.
What songs are most played on your
Lately it’s been a fair
amount of Jason Isbell and Justin Townes Earl.
Do you have critique partners or beta
Definitely. My lovely wife reads everything first, always. Then I change stuff after talking with
her. Then I have a couple of amazing
readers-slash-best-pals (Adam Dedmon and Gabriel Urza) who give me a kind but
constructive second audience. These
three are to be thanked for making most everything I’ve ever written much
What book are you reading now?
Somehow I’m reading
three books: Michener’s “Alaska” (a behemoth I got for Christmas and have been
enjoying, slowly); “The Content of Our Character,” by Shelby Steele; and a
short story collection, “The Beauties: Essential Stories,” by Anton Chekhov,
which I pulled off the shelf initially because of its small size (so I could
take it backpacking).
How did you start your writing career?
I suppose I started as
most writers do, by first being a reader.
Enjoying stories, language.
Reading all I could. Then, you
know: writing little stories in dull pencil on one side of a gray piece of ruled,
elementary-school paper. Later, studying
journalism. Eventually, the lengths of
the stories grew, and I tricked myself into thinking that spending five years
writing the same story was a normal and enjoyable pursuit!
It’s my first short
story collection, called “The Mayfly. In
it, there’s a rollicking road trip in the form of a scientific journal article,
a Pushcart-nominated bike ride with a pro cyclist learning the cost of
greatness, and a glimpse through resentful eyes at the Manhattan Project’s
first-ever nuclear chain reaction. Anchoring the collection is “Man of Letters,”
a series of letters penned by a young writer during his deadly visit home to
Virginia City, Nevada, in 1869. I can’t
wait to see it out in the world!
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