Hi, friends and readers:
I came across the photo to the left the other day, and I was reminded of my short story, Carter DuBose. It appears in my latest anthology titled Boys and Desire.
The anthology has sold quite well since it came out several months ago, and I think one reason is because readers feel a bond with Dougkas Quick and Carter DuBose, the two skateboarders who are the main characters in Carter DuBose. Here’s an excerpt from the story:
Carter DuBose, Copyright Martin Delacroix 2014:
Carter was eighteen as well, but he looked younger. A few inches shorter than Douglas and as skinny as a lawn rake, his coffee-colored hair fell into his brown eyes; it covered his ears and brushed the collar of his hooded sweatshirt. A turned-up nose and long eyelashes gave his face a girlish appearance. His fingers were long and large-knuckled. His skate sneakers were size tens and his jeans hung low on his hipbones. When he spoke, a rasp flavored his tenor voice.
Carter was a high school senior, and like many boys he harbored secrets:
That he made honor roll every nine weeks was a fact he hid from Douglas and the other skaters in his working class, Orlando neighborhood. That he listened to classical music—Mahler, Schubert and Mozart in particular—only his mom knew. And the fact he liked men he had concealed from everyone except his school counselor.
That was about to change.
I like skaters; they are non-conformists and creative thinkers, and I think I captured a part of the typical skateboarder’s outlook when I wrote Carter DuBose. If you want to read the story, here’s a link to the Amazon listing where you can buy Boys and Desire: