What in the hell is “The Next Big Thing”?
Yeah, I’m a little late.
Sue me: Been very busy with [Nameless] digest (issue #2!), The AckerMonster Chronicles!, Christmas, New Year’s, my dear wife Sunni, our reptile family, William F. Nolan, proofing my 2013 Hippocampus Press collection (Simulacrum and Other Possible Realities), my forthcoming novella, Milton’s Children (get it, and support the small press!), and sundry other projects (Horror Writers Association business, a proposal for S. T. Joshi, and so on…). Oy vey!
So, what is “The Next Big Thing”? It’s a series of questions for writers. The name is a cool handle, and the questions are the same for every writer, whether they truly are ‘TNBT’ or not.
The rules: You post your answers on a Wednesday (as if!), tag some others whose work you like/find interesting, then they post the following Wednesday. Easy as pie (or so I thought!). I was tagged by the lovely Talie Helene, Australian writer and editor, writer Jason Andrew, as well as author Sam W. Anderson. Thanks to them all.
I’m tagging Paul G. Bens, Jr., Vincent Daemon, and James Robert Smith.
So here we go, and thanks for reading!
1) What is the [working] title of your next book?
It’s called (UnSub). It’s a supernatural serial killer novel. I have a sequel plotted as well.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve long been interested in criminal profiling; as a result, I’ve done a tremendous amount of research in this area, and the idea began as one thing, but morphed into something a bit different. I had the initial idea about fifteen years ago, and have been actively writing the book for roughly four years.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Horror. Certainly. There are brutal aspects to the book.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
An interesting question. The main character is a female, so I’d have to say someone like Streep.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“Who is killing women in the Pacific Northwest? Can Sinthya Morrigan stop this madman before he kills again?”
There’s actually a lot more to it, but that’s sufficient!
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be handled by my agent, Cherry Wiener.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first draft took about a year and a half. It’s a complex narrative, with three POVs going at once.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Nothing quite like it. I like to show the dark side of good, and the good side of darkness, so the anti-hero aspect is key to me. I like to upset and confound my readers and myself, or I get bored with the project.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Just my personal interest in the psychopathology of serial murderers. And Celtic mythology.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The supernatural characteristics of the book are key to it; there are no pat answers, no vampires, zombies, or anything that would bore the reader. I want to confront my audience. I think that’s central to having an identity, and the fact that I want to convey messages without preaching.
Most works today are either set pieces, or adventures: They have nothing to say to the audience. My work is not like that. I always have a deeper message, but it’s up the reader as to whether they wish to view it in that light or not.