Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing

I've been invited to participate in the Next Big Thing blog series by my friend and colleague Victoria Dougherty:

The point of this is to connect writers with each other and to build up a cross-publicizing synergy. Here are my answers to the questions about my writing and my current project.

1. What is the working title of your book? 
"Friend of the Devil."

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
From a song by the Grateful Dead and also my endless interest in 1930s music, the blues, early "hipster/viper" culture, and Bonnie and Clyde. I also wondered what would happen if a staunch atheist ran into the devil and God first-hand and still refused to believe.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Historical fiction, dark comedy, crime, thriller, paranormal.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Johnny Depp.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Atheist bluesman on run from the law gets entangled with Bonnie, Clyde, God and the devil.

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

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
A year.

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

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Having lived in the South, including time in the Appalachians, I was familiar with the "Jack" stories about a man meeting the devil at the Crossroads, where he'd either outsmart the devil or have picked up powers from the devil.

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

Blues, reefer, Mexican Border Blaster radio, and goat glands.

And here are links to my fellow writers' blogs who have answered questions about their work: Stewart Moore, a graphic novelist and painter, who is known to sometimes paint in wine, , Victoria Dougherty, an author of paranormal, Cold-War spy novels with a black, sassy heart, , and Charles McCain, author of An Honorable German, a great WWII adventure novel that takes you from the pocket battleship Graf Spee to a commerce raider to a U-Boat to a POW camp in Alabama .

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