You're right, of course, and that's what I've done. Check out the synopsis at the publisher's website, and you'll see that the whole story hinges around an attempt to retrieve one particular stolen Trans Am, a rare "Super Duty" version.
And whereas the key car doesn't initially come to the forefront of the reader's mind at the beginning of the story, other cars form the wallpaper in the background as the story unfolds in the meantime. Any action that occurs in or around any particular car in the early part of the story, takes place within the context of what the car is being used for at the time, and how the driver relates to the car.
The relationship between the key human players, with the Super Duty as a hinge-pin, then takes over as the story progresses and the real excitement begins to occur.
Bear in mind that the book already exists, and is available for people to pre-order now, with production of the first batch in approx 4 weeks.
And again, you're right. I've explored how the car(s) make the driver feel at any given point (without laboring the concept), as well as how circumstances can alter how the driver perceives the car, or even how much he 'notices' the car.
I appreciate your two cents. Every bit of feedback helps, and all these posts heighten people's awareness of a book they may well endure, I mean enjoy!
Originally posted by Toicontien I'd almost go for making one car a prominent secondary character, rather than having a bunch of cars, like "Smokey and the Bandit." or make it a main character like that one Stephen King movie. Dang. Forgot the name. It's called something like "Irene" or... darn. I knew the movie name when I started writing this post.
If the car is a secondary character, then it could be tied into scenery and situational discriptiongs, instead of outright describing the car. Like during a chase scene in a spy novel, you could writing about the acceleration and handling of a car, since it would fit into the situation. And how many times has our car been a bullhorn for our emotional state? (And how many of those times took us 8,000 miles closer to needing new tires?)
I'd say you'd have the best response by picking one car and working it into the storyline. The only memorable cars from movies or books are the ones that have been intimately woven into the storyline and themselves become a character, or a supporting character for one of the main characters.
My own two cents.