Tagged - The Next Big Thing
Robert Swartwood tagged me two weeks ago in a post you can read here
Recap: the blog post I was tagged in is part of an ongoing series of blog posts in which one writer poses a series of questions to another writer, then tags five more writers, who repeat the process the following week in their blogs. Sounds fun, right?
Even though I no longer maintain a regular blog (I no longer have the time), I decided to kind-of-sort-of play along. I'm answering the questions, but I'm not tagging five other writers. Any working writer I would tag either a) doesn't maintain a blog or b) if they do maintain a blog, they're too goddamn busy right now. So I'm not tagging anybody. Other folks probably have, so go forth and see who, and check their blogs in a week or two to read their responses. And buy their books, okay?
In the meantime, here's my contribution:
is the working title of your next book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
on the disconnect between the extreme wealthy and the working class,
specifically the working poor, and, believe it or not, watching various shows on Food Network.
genre does your book fall under?
actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie
Fillion (Castle) could be a good choice for one of the main characters.Aside
from that, I don't know. It would probably be best if it was cast with unknown
actors. But if film rights are ever sold and a big-budget adaptation is
green-lit and the producer wants to cast Snooki or The Situation or one of the
Real Housewives in it, I'm okay with that.
is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
sure a one-sentence synopsis is possible with this novel. Let’s just say the
plot involves a wealthy businessman with Mitt Romney-level money searching for
his estranged missing daughter as a separate plot thread; most of the novel
details various going-ons at a very high-end country club in Wyoming that
caters to the ultra-wealthy – the Director of Operations is having an early
mid-life crisis, one of the waitresses is out of her element and simply wants
to get through the last three days of the season without being fired, and
suddenly money is being stolen from some of the wealthy high-rollers and
several brutal murders occur on the grounds. Is there a thief and a murderer on the loose, or is
the thief a murderer too? Both seemingly disconnected plot points eventually
meet up just as the reveal is being laid out, so I won’t go any further. Basically, it’s quite different than my
other work, and certainly more mainstream. However, fans of my more
horror-tinged thrillers will probably like it.
your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
initially conceived the idea for Retreat it was intended to be my “break-out”
novel; that was in mid-2008. After I lost my mass-market publisher (this
publisher later crashed and burned), I intended this book to be my calling-card
back into mass-market publishing. I had intended to market it to one of the big
Six publishers because I felt (and still feel) that it's a mainstream thriller
that will appeal to a wide, general audience. Between then and now, I had
committed to several other projects, specifically a few straight horror novels
for various small presses, as well as some film work and some ghosting work to
pay the bills, so the first draft of Retreat was written in late 2009 and early
2010. I have only within the past two months or so revisited it. Since
originally starting the first draft, the eBook revolution has really taken off
and a re-evaluation of mass market publishing has led me to the decision to
publish the book myself once it's completed (and it's vetted by several trusted
folks I use as editors and pre-readers and it undergoes editing and
copy-editing). So the short version of my answer to this question is, yes, the
book will be self-published, and no, it won't be represented by an agency.
long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
sure, since I've never read a novel quite like Retreat. However, if you're a
fan of the works of John Connolly, Duane Swierczynski, or Michael Marshall, you
might want to give Retreat a try once it's out there.
or what inspired you to write this book?
reveal that would spoil it for you.
else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
is the first book in an open-ended series I plan with recurring characters. The
second novel in the series exists as a one paragraph entry in my notes, as does
the third. My goal is for each novel to work as a stand-alone novel, but each
novel will also be linked to each other (and there will be subtle links to my
past body of work as well). In fact, I have hinted at this in other
interviews and in conversations
with fans, but the second novel in the series will also provide a sequel of
sorts to my novels Survivor and Fetish. It won't be a straight sequel by any means,
but there will certainly be enough narrative to address certain loose threads
from both those novels.