Bundy writer breaks new ground with bigfoot romance novel
WE'VE had romantic vampires and werewolves in novels and films like Twilight, but what about bigfoot romance?
That was the exact question that popped into amateur Bundaberg writer Eric Perriwinkle's mind when he penned his debut piece of fiction, simply titled The Day I Fell in Love With a Sasquatch.
Mr Perriwinkle said he was tired of so-called chick-lit novels.
"This is a serious supernatural romance," Mr Perriwinkle said.
The story follows the adventures of lead character April Day, who meets a sasquatch while out camping in the woods.
"It's quite a sweet story and it's very complex," Mr Perriwinkle said.
"This isn't some silly novel about a clumsy schoolgirl who meets a sparkly supernatural creature, this is a genuine novel that explores the complexities of the supernatural dating scene.
"This is a sophisticated narrative that tackles all the big issues like whether the sasquatch who April names Graham will ever find his place in society if he decides to move to civilisation, or if April will spend her days in the depths of the forest and retreat from humanity herself."
Mr Perriwinkle, who has a degree in creative writing, said the novel was just the beginning of a series on supernatural romances.
"I have a second book in the pipeline already about a human and an alien who start dating," he said.
"But while The Day I Fell in Love With a Sasquatch is more of a social drama, Unidentified Flying Object of My Affection will be more of a lighthearted read - it'll be a bit more rom-com.
"I'd love to see a big screen production of my sasquatch story," Mr Perriwinkle said.
As ambitious as ever, Mr Perriwinkle said he hoped his tales would be Hollywood successes some day.
"I reckon if I could just get George Clooney and Jessica Alba on board I'd have a box office smash," he said.
"We'll see, but I have big hopes for the future."
Would you read Eric Perriwinkle's novel?
This poll ended on 01 April 2013.
No way, this novel sounds corny!
I'd love to read it, good on him!
Hmm, it's definitely different...
Supernatural romances are getting out of hand!
This is possibly the coolest idea for a novel ever!
I'd rather read a cereal box!
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
A section from Mr Perriwinkle's The Day I Fell in Love With a Sasquatch:
Everyone at the campsite was fast asleep, but not April. April had woken up first. The sunlight filtering through the tent window shone straight on her face, rousing her from her slumber.
As she opened her eyes, she heard grunting coming from where the campfire had been the night before. Curious, she stepped outside to inquire.
Nothing could have prepared her for what she saw. A half-man, half-monster who stood eight foot tall and smelled like a garbage disposal.
At first she felt terror, then surprise, then a strange attraction.
The creature stopped and stared at her for some time before scratching its armpit and letting out a faint grunt.
"You're beautiful," April whispered, as the paranormal thing finished off the can of baked beans it had stolen from the campsite.
"Ug, Grrrruuu uuugggg," the sasquatch said in reply.
"I think I love you too," April said, wondering if she was going too fast too soon, but the one thing she knew was then had never felt this much of a connection with anyone in her life.
And if you enjoyed the above excerpt, we're sorry to say that you'll never find out what happened to April since this was an April Fools' joke. Did we get you?