Author of "The Completely Unverified True Story of a Reality Television Superstar"
Matt Schild was a founder of Aversion.com, an online publication dedicated to covering underground music and culture that ran from 1999 to 2010 and generated a still-surprising amount of hate mail. He also freelanced for outlets such as The A.V. Club, Military Times, T.V. Guide and many others for 15 years, which generated the expected amount of hate mail. These days, he works in corporate communications in Fort Collins, Colo., where he rarely receives hate mail at all. He figures Completely Unverified is a great way to change that.
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A single reality television moment made Mick a superstar and ruined his life. He lost eight years hiding out and dealing with the fallout of catching his fiancée, Molly, in bed with another man — and the fistfight with her lover, Parker, another cast member — that followed, while “The Mick and Parker incident” becomes the stuff of unscripted television legend.
With his comic book shop teetering on bankruptcy and to help his friend an onetime costar Annie stave off foreclosure, Mick reluctantly signs on to reunite with the cast and join them in an R.V. for a two-week scavenger hunt. Cross the finish line, and they’ll get a check big enough to sort out their messy finances. Before payday, Mick will have to conquer the festering feeling that surround Parker and Molly, as well as the contrived challenges requisite of network reality fare in snake sanctuaries, karate dojos and spiritual healers’ sweat lodges.
Praise for "The Completely Unverified True Story of a Reality Television Star"
“An enjoyable, cranky novel about an unwilling unscripted television actor … Schild’s prose is light and smooth, animating comic book–loving Mick’s bitter voice. [Schild] keeps the plot moving while still managing to wring some surprisingly astute comments on contemporary life out of the reality TV metaphor.”
“Schild’s book asks the question, ‘How can we ever come to truly relate to one another when human perceptions produce such divergent narratives from a single experience?’ A good question indeed … You can read it as a cautionary tale or a story of personal growth.”