Alex Hutchinson
Alex Hutchinson

Print on Demand Novelist Popularizes a New Genre Called Suburban Fiction

Novelist Alex Hutchinson believes that every neighborhood is smothered in dark secrets just waiting to be uncovered. His website gives readers a selection of shocking stories that have taken place in suburban America.

Orlando, FL, February 08, 2006 --( Armed militant teenagers in suburban Massachusetts, bloody backyard wrestlers in southwest Florida and a bisexual boxer fighting in barroom matches, these are a few of the stories you will find at Suburban Unusal, perhaps but what really makes these stories strange is that they are based on actual events that have been dramatized for the reader's enjoyment.

The creator of this grunge artistic genre is Alex Hutchinson, a novelist with an undeniably amazing personal story. Alex grew up in Avon, Massachusetts a four by four square mile town twenty miles southeast of Boston. His life was pretty boring in this quiet little villa until he attended a large vocational high school, that's when his safe little world came crashing down around him. His new school was replete with drug dealers, gang activity, bullies and daily violence. Alex was lost in the crowd. Invisible to teachers he remained silent, shamed as he fought back against drugs users who tortured him every day. Falling into bouts of depression he became suicidal and then Alex's life was forced into high gear as he started his own gang to fight back. Amidst his numerous fist fights he was picked out as a troublemaker and thrown out of school.

Kicked out of an education, rejected by his parents as an adopted bad seed, Alex's journey to find his place on the streets was circuitous and often dangerous. He continued to fight along with his gang until the other members either graduated from school or found themselves in jail. He tried to redeem himself by joining the Army reserve, followed by the Circus, then he turned to amateur boxing, martial arts and backyard wrestling. His endless rebellion against authority obliviated his 57 job prospects, all of which ended in failure. Alex was not ready to give up, he always believed that he would survive the storm of his adolescence. Along the way he managed to finish evening school, complete a semester of college and he started writing about his life. Writing became his saving grace, in the pages of his journals he finally found a voice for his nagging imagination and a canvas on which to express his experiences.
Suburban Fiction is made up of stories inspired by real life and written about real people. Alex is a pioneer of this genre was but he is not the only one. Jenness Jordan, author of A Summer Affair, is another such author who has turned her pain into prose. How it works is that the names and locations are changed but personal events, however odd or salacious, are drawn upon as the thrust of the story. Why is this genre unusual? See the recent example of best selling author James Frey who wrote a compelling biography about himself but then lied about the details. James knew that non-fiction sells better than fiction so he fabricated parts of his story to make it more intense. Unlike Frey, who was dishonest with his readers, Suburban Fiction admits that it is not entirely real. It is dramatized but the stunning grittiness underlying these very personal recollections is more than worthy of any readers attention.

Alex Hutchinson