Hypable has an exclusive excerpt from Wildman by J.C. Geiger, an exciting new novel about discovering the self you never knew.
“Wildman is about what happens when a valedictorian’s ‘93 Buick breaks down and strands him at a roadhouse during a major turning point in his life,” author J.C. Geiger tells Hypable. “I wrote this book after my own ‘93 Buick Century broke down and stranded me at a roadhouse.”
“As you may guess: I was also at a major turning point in my life,” Geiger says. “I didn’t even change the make or model of the car or the description of the motel because I had been writing failed fantasy and horror novels for so long I felt like the universe was knocking on my skull and screaming: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW, YOU FOOL! So I did. Wildman is my truest story, and the one I’m most proud of.”
“How can a complete stranger know you better than the people you’ve known your entire life?”
Lance Hendricks is homeward bound, four hundred highway miles from the best night of his life. There’s an epic graduation party brewing, his girlfriend will be there, and they’ve got a private bedroom with their names on it. When his ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Lance is sure he’ll be back on the road in no time. After all, he’s the high school valedictorian. First chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks.
But afternoon turns to night, and Lance ends up stranded at the Trainsong Motel. The place feels ominous, even before there’s a terrible car wreck outside his room. When Lance rushes out to help, the townies take notice. They call him Wildman, and an intriguing local girl asks him to join in their nighttime adventures. He begins to live up to his new name. As one day blurs into the next, Lance finds himself in a bar fight, jumping a train, avoiding the police. Drifting farther from home and closer to a girl who makes him feel a way he’s never felt before — like himself.