Thursday, November 3, 2011

Under the Neon Sky Guest post with Jay Rankin

Please Welcome Author Jay Rankin  to our little spot on the web.....

What sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

I did quite a bit of research to see what other types of Vegas stories were out there. I found books written by bartenders, hookers, mobsters, casino owners, gamblers, and lots of how-to books but nothing written by a present day doorman working for a major Strip hotel. I think what really sets my book apart from others is the unique perspective I bring. Through my eyes, the book covers what it’s like working on the other side of the fence in a service industry where the customer is always right even if the guest hasn’t slept, crossed all boundaries, lost money, and has been drunk for two days straight, he’s the guest and I had to learn how to be nice in the face of a human gorilla who is in a bad mood. Not much is written about what employees go through in this industry. The book begins with the night Mike Tyson bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear and what ensued in the aftermath. It was the most riveting night of my career as a doorman. The story also brings to light what it’s like living in Las Vegas. It’s actually a great place to live with tons of excitement, but it is also a place with an undertow that can pull you down. Although I wrote a memoir, this book reads like a novel with a beginning, middle and end. There’s a strong storyline with characters that all play strong and vivid parts in my story. I tried to be as visual as possible. I wanted the reader to not just see what I was writing, but hear it and smell it. As someone who loves to people watch and who received a Master’s degree in psychology, I saw a lot and believe I wrote a very different Vegas story.

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  1. Wonderful post! How exciting some of your nights must have been. This book has just been added to my TBR.

  2. Hi Laurie,
    You would not believe some of nights I experienced. Thank you again for the follow.