Frank Portman has just penned King Dork (Delacorte Press), a novel about an ultra-geeky high school kid named Tom Henderson, who finds intrigue, inspiration and conspiracies galore along with his late fathers copy of J.D. Salingers The Catcher In The Rye.
Portman jokes that learning to write a nerd novel was similar to the way he learned punk rock. In his words, If youve seen my retarded guitar style on stage, you get some idea of how I create, and adds, Its like stumbling into originality.
Portman says feeling alienated and nerdy is something most high school kids can relate to, but that his books protagonist is truly dweeb royalty.
In fact, Portman insists his main character is even dorkier than Napoleon Dynamite, adding: Napoleon actually has it goin on compared to my main character.
(Contact numbers available only to subscribing media or trial media users. You can request samples at the Wireless Flash web site.)
Copyright © 2006 Wireless Flash News Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Flash® and FlashNews® are registered trademarks of Wireless Flash News Inc.