Bust It Like A Mule was written in the summer of 2012 in a 2 week Miller High Life coffee fueled comma free frenzy as a form of recovery from a 360 page novel I had written half a year earlier that was deeply psychological, and frankly, just not that good. After spending years and years writing dark and psychologically probing Hesseian literature, Bust It was a welcome off the rails fun wild adventure (I imagined the likes of Faulkner, Kerouac and Hemingway writing a Disney movie script). I just cut loose and let myself go buck wild with the character of Cotton Kingfisher, a man inspired by my grandpa JE Jones, the son of an Oklahoma moonshiner who drifted West during the dust bowl and was my boyhood hero.
My wife and I had visited Whitefish MT and Glacier Park in March of that year for our 10 year anniversary, and all its beauty and mystery just stuck with me. So I imagined the restless spirit of my beloved grandpa in one of the most beautiful places on earth, a place some of the natives dubbed The Land Where The World Began.
In Bust it, I unashamedly put all my boyhood loves and fantasies -- war heroes like my grandpas and my dad, beautiful girls that hurt your heart, brutal roughhousing and general violence, Native Americans, swearing, drinking, smoking, music, Oklahoma, The West, Glacier Park, scars, wild stories, southern slang, lost brothers and broken families, brotherly love and sweet children, and ultimately, redemption and finding a place to call home forever. I've written many things over the course of my life, but I've never had as much fun as telling the tale of Cotton Kingfisher.
I hope you have as much fun reading this fistfight as I had starting it.
Bust it like a mule,