By Chris Marchand
It’s a scenario not unlike a scene from Gaylord Rundle’s latest novel — a newspaper reporter sharing a conversation with an eclectic member of the community.
Yet, unlike his character, Rundle has not yet claimed to be the cigar-chomping mastermind of 80s television’s The A-Team, the eminent Mr. George Peppard.
A recent retiree, Rundle has been ensconced in the glorious and often frustrating act of fiction writing in an upstairs room of his North Dryden home. His first work of fiction, George Peppard and the buddies is set in St. Paul, Minnesota and uses the voices of several different characters as a vehicle to explore many directions. At 75,000 words, he describes it as a mid-range sized novel.
“I had some ideas of what I wanted to do — I wanted to write something a little noir-ish, write a bit about hockey. So each of the three buddies each tell their story through interviews with a young reporter. His story (reporter) also runs throughout and he has problems of his own. I wrote a book I think that I would love to read myself.”
Getting his work read has been a challenge, he says. Wary of the self-publishing route, Rundle isn’t about to spend his savings on a vanity press project. For now he’s trying to generate interest online.
“It’s the way it is these days,” he says. “I take heart from the fact that it took a lot of the great authors a long, long time before anybody would even read their books. I’ve decided to go with e-publishing — it’s out there for someone to find and then it could grow from there.”
For Kindle e-book owners, George Peppard and the buddies is available for $3 through www.amazon.ca by searching G. Rundle or the book’s title.
Since November 2011, Rundle has been working on his second novel. A more sprawling effort that has already exceeded 100,000 words and which he says is not quite finished.
“Someone said, ‘when you write a novel you keep on writing to find out what happens’. I like that,” said Rundle.