In Black Light we meet him as a man who appears to be in his forties, haunted by his past. He chooses Trace to fill the void he feels.
When I began Black Light I was Trace's age. Albrecht Christian was the oldest person I could imagine. I thought he was the villain of the book.
Albrecht politely, but firmly, declined. In fact, he showed me that there was no villain. It was the combination of Albrecht and Trace that precipitates the events of Black Light. Yes, Albrecht is a a monster, but a reluctant one.
In the frenetic world of rock and roll he is the one flash of elegance. It's as though he strayed away from an old black and white movie. And more than any other character in Black Light, he chose his own fate He twisted the scene, right under my pen.
It was that moment, I think, that I fell in love with him.
So, "Your Cruel Fingers Will Close My Eyes" began from my fascination with him. He tells Mica his story, briefly in the Black Light. He says, "I was raised to be a Prince, but I'm the monster in this story."
Now I'm giving him the fairy tale he deserves. Where the monster can also be a prince.
Albrecht, being Albrecht, he hasn't made this simple. I've sent much longer than I ever expected with this story, but I think we're nearing the end now. I hope to have it out and into your hands by early June.
If you're curious, and you haven't read Black Light, there's a link to the left that leads you to Amazon. I also have signed copies for anyone who needs one, which I'm happy to send out.