Smug Dad forms part of Jason Roche's The Boyband Sandwich Trilogy with noughties prequel How to Murder a Boyband to be published directly after Smug Dad and contemporary How NOT to Murder a Boyband almost complete serving as the sequel, so the two Boyband novels as the sandwich with Smug Dad the meat in the middle!
His short story ‘The Garden’ was published in 1993 and received several literary accolades.
After early literary success including winning the Alan Paton Creative Writing competition and publication by several national newspapers, his career self-yanked tangentially in another direction. The result has been to embark on a ‘soft’ launch for this novel – consciously omitting to tell family and friends with concerns that this will provide tangible evidence that there is something seriously wrong with him.
Elucidating that an overactive imagination with some white-knuckle, cheek-biting, buttocks-clenching, bottom-teeth-baring induced scenes, characters and narrative of a more ‘extreme’ ilk written during his twenties represented the ramblings of an all-round decent fellow (yawn), seemed a tougher sell than unleashing The Boyband Sandwich Trilogy on an unsuspecting world seeking a good story.