Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Next Big Thing Meme

Okay, okay. So I'm massively late to this party and I'm far too slow at producing work to be considered anybody's next big anything. But that there lovely Lou Morgan done gone tagged me, so it would be simply rude not to play. So, here you go. Enjoy:

What is the working title of your next book?

Well, my next book has been percolating for the best part of 10 years, but I've still only written a couple of thousand words of it (I have written two published novels since I've been thinking about this one though), and most of those are probably going to go. Anyway, the title in my noggin is Heavy Metal Roadie versus The Satanists. Which won't be the actual title if it ever gets finished. And it may not even feature Satanists. The roadie is staying, though.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The thought of a heavy metal roadie character who becomes a PI (however willingly or not) came into my head on a bus journey on Ali and I's first foreign holiday in Sardinia. I've always loved heavy metal and the warmth of the fans and the huge range of characters you find in the community. So the idea came to write a love letter to the music and tell a roaringly good story.

What genre does the book fall under?

Crime, obviously. But I'm still wandering how horror to make it.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I honestly haven't thought that far. I'd like that Toby Jones to be somewhere in the mix. Not as the lead character. But he's just a brilliant actor.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Heavy metal roadie encounters murder and more.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

See, this presumes I'll finish the bastard. I like to think I've got a wide enough experience of publishing to rep myself, but you can't underestimate the important of a good agent.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your book?

See above. The MS currently numbers at around 2000 words. I'm not kidding.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

None I'd hope. I just want to write it and hope it stands up (and out) on its own.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Heavy metal fans and musicians.

What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

A bloody good cover will help.

Right. Who to tag? Clearly I can't do any of our authors as that's going to look a bit like favouritism. So Paul Meloy, Sophia McDougall, Gemma Files, Lisa Tuttle and Helen Marshall... you're up. (If you want to play that is).

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