Hollywood paparazzo photographer and co founder of photo agency Pacific Coast News James Aylott dropped PAN a note this week announcing he’s penned his first novel! …. ‘Tales from The Beach House’.
James sold PCN in January 2017 and has stayed in touch while enjoying a well deserved hiatus …here’s his note
Dear Will + PhotoArchiveNews.com Team
Your hot summer read where the paparazzo photographer is not only the “Hero” but maybe even wins the heart of the leading lady, is finally available at all good book stores! It’s a work of fiction so if any of your readers think they are within these 324 printed pages I can assure you it’s pure coincidence. The project is being pitched in Hollywood as we speak! When we go into full production I will have my sharp suited legal-eagles place language into the contract that ensures set security don’t block photographers trying to get their money shots!
On well deserved hiatus former Pap agency co-owner
PAN: Looking forward to our copy James, you have the address
Here’s the presser:
Tales from The Beach House is a satiric work of fiction that sharply captures the “Man-Bites-Dog” world of contemporary South Florida. The Beach House, a crumbling old motel, is home to a collection of eccentric residents. Amongst their ranks; a tennis pro at the end of his game, a mortuary scientist whose love life has flat-lined, a paparazzo photographer searching for scoops, a bawdy duo fronting an improbable Ponzi enterprise, a beauty from “The Islands” with a dark secret, a fried-out TV weather man who claims to channel God, a middle school principal with a soft spot for Crack, a Rod Stewart cover artist searching for redemption, and a waitress serving a side order of erotic fiction. Each member of this cohort is in search of something – fast money, an easy hustle, fleeting romance, enduring love, fame, power, dignity, happiness… a place they can call home. As well as facing their own tender, tragic, and often hilarious personal circumstances, this eclectic gang is compelled by necessity to band together when a sinister developer threatens the very existence of The Beach House.
Tales from The Beach House is carefully crafted in the spirit of Carl Hiaasen’s career-long deconstruction of South Florida. Each chapter focuses on one of The Beach House’s individual apartments. These standalone stories possess interwoven subplots reminiscent of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Paul Theroux’s Hotel Honolulu and Thornton Wilder’s classic novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Tales from The Beach House is written in a fast-paced tabloid style, reflecting both the author’s transatlantic sensibilities and his two-decade career in the rough and tumble trenches of celebrity journalism.
James Aylott was previously a Hollywood paparazzo photographer and staffer at an American supermarket tabloid. This is the author’s first work of fiction, although he was often creative in his career of entertainment newsgathering and hated letting the truth interfere with a good story. A prior resident of Delray Beach, Florida he is currently embedded in St. Louis, Missouri researching his follow up novel: Tales of Whiskey Tango from Misery Towers.
Paperback $15.99 (ISBN: 978-0-578-47956-9) pp. 320
eBook $3.99 (ISBN: 978-0-578-47957-6)
Print Edition available from Amazon and Ingram Spark
Digital Edition available from Apple Books, Amazon and Barnes&Noble
Published by Beautiful Arch LLC, St Louis Missouri.