Monday, June 13, 2011

Chop Suey by Ty Hutchinson

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When disgraced sales associate, Darby Stansfield, discovers he has six months to save his job, he does what any normal person would do. He freaks.

Desperate to resurrect his career at Teleco Wireless, he conjures up an international scheme filled with the promise of endless high-spending clients. It’s brilliant, it’s successful, and it involves doing business with organized crime.

But soon those closest to him find themselves caught up in his dangerous plan and one of these unknowingly has the power to destroy him. Darby must now make a tough decision––give up on the one good idea he ever had or risk it all.


I reached into my back pocket and pulled out a folded piece of paper. With a flick of my wrist, I snapped it opened. I practiced this the night before over and over again until I had it just right. The downward movement, the amount of crispness to the paper… all of it was methodically thought out.

“What about this?” I yelled. “What do you think about this, you fat fuck?”

Printed on the paper was a picture of Fat Sal picking up one of those crackhead twinks always cruising Broadway Avenue near the strip clubs. Mr. Tough Guy here likes play ball with the other team.

Fat Sal snatched the paper from my hand. “Where did you get this?”

“Take it––I got plenty. I might even drop them accidentally around the neighborhood? Hey North Beach, get a load of this.”

Stage three of my plan had arrived. I needed it, considering stage two was all about revealing Fat Sal’s secret.

I was still in the headlock––it was expected. So I locked on to my target, balled up my fist, and swung with all my might right up between his legs. Fat Sal let out a wail that sounded like a moose giving birth.

Predictability will get the dumb ones all the time. It’s easy to hunt a creature of habit. Close your eyes, count to ten, and pull the trigger. If the timing’s right––bull’s-eye. And so far, my timing was impeccable.

My other clients were also retail establishments. I had the Beauty Spot Salon and Tanaka’s Kendo Dojo on contract. None of them needed anything I had to sell. How am I supposed to make living if all I’ve got to work with are mom-and-pop’s? Give me an IBM and I’ll sell a million dollars a year, no problem. Then maybe I’ll be back where I should be: on top. But guess what? I don’t have them, so blackmail it is.

Fat Sal was the guinea pig and so far things were going well. I considered hitting all three of them today. I already gathered proof of their misdeeds. I could if I wanted, too. I might.

And if things took a different turn with the others, in my back pocket I had a foot-stomp for Master Tanaka and a roundhouse hairdryer to the head for Ms. Siu. Wham, bam, thank you, gang.

Fat Sal released his grip as he yelped in pain. I pulled away and grabbed the R-450 Teleco Wireless Router off the counter and whacked the side of his head, sending him down to his knees. That got his attention quickly.

“Listen up,” I said. “I expect you to buy ten of these bad boys. You got that?”

The truth is, I only intended for him to buy five routers but seeing how easy this was, I called an audible right before the hike and upped the quantity. If I could register ten sales, it would take some of the heat off me at the office. My sales had been in a coma long enough.

Fat Sal was still hunched over when he looked up at me. His face flushed red with embarrassment; perhaps a little anger was mixed in. I wasn’t worried, though. I expected this sort of reaction. Fat Sal got turned out by this here pimp.

And then the unexpected happened.

About Ty Hutchinson

My name is Ty Hutchinson and I'm from Hawaii. What does that mean? I don't need to tan. Most days I'm writer at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. For you people not in the know, it's an advertising agency. Yes, I'm fully aware that it sounds like a law firm and that's why, depending on the situation, I'm also a lawyer. 

My work has appeared in all the major advertising award shows and reported on in publications like Advertising Age, Creativity, Communication Arts and Archive. When I'm not building brands, you'll find me traveling the world, playing video games, eating, reading, exploring SF's Chinatown (to date I have six Shrimp Boy sightings) or hard at work writing thriller novels. 

My first book, Chop Suey, is out now. It's about Darby Stansfield, the first telecommunication consultant to the criminal world It had my editor gasping, giggling and laughing so hard, she more than once choked on her drink. I hope you enjoy Darby as much as she did.

Interview with Ty Hutchinson

N.L. Earnshaw: What will readers like about your book? 

Ty Hutchinson: They will like two things. The main character, Darby Stansfield and the fact that it's a wickedly funny, action-thriller. It's a page turner with plenty of twists.

N.L. Earnshaw: Why did you self publish? 

Ty Hutchinson:When I did the research, it just made sense to be my own boss and go the indie way. Plus I've spent the last twenty years in advertising. I've gotten use to making things whether they be print ads, web films, commercials or radio spots. To me a book is just another medium. It felt natural to do it myself.

N.L. Earnshaw: What is your writing process? 

Ty Hutchinson: I usually have the basic story thought out. I basically know what Darby's overall goal is going to be. Then I just let it flow. I've tried both outlining and vomiting out the story. Each has their merit. I still haven't decided which of the two I prefer. Maybe a little of both.

N.L. Earnshaw: How long does it take you to write your first draft? 

Ty Hutchinson: The last one took me about a month. I'm getting faster with each one.

N.L. Earnshaw: What inspired you to write this particular story? 

Ty Hutchinson: It was an idea I had floating around in my head. In the ad world we're constantly thinking up ideas. Most of them are not right for the job. This was one of them. I liked it very much though and I didn't want it wither away. So I turned it into a book.

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  1. I like the interview. I wonder with his experience in advertising how he will market and push his book compared to someone without that type of background.

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