Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I haven’t quite gotten the hang of blogging, which is why I was hesitant to accept Rebecca Snow‘s invitation to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, but after thinking it over, I figured, What the hell… I’ve had this page up for awhile now and haven’t done much with it except post excerpts of works in progress; taking part in the tour would give me the chance to test the waters. So without further ado…

What is the working title of your book? The working title is Maggie Creek Road. it will change, but that’s what I’m working with at the moment.

Where did the idea come from for the book? As I mentioned in a previous post, certain story ideas come to me while listening to music. This particular project is no exception. I was listening to Reba’s version of a song by the same name. The lyrics kept repeating themselves in my head, and eventually the music fell away and I had only the narrative. Then I started asking myself questions, the what ifs, and I had the roots of the story.

What genre does your book fall under? Horror. What else?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? This is a tough question, because I’m not up on all the celebrities. You also need to take into account who you want your main audience to be? But on a purely personal level, if I had done this particular story line years ago, I would have said Eliza Dushku, but she’s too old now to play the teenage role, so now I would have to go with Nina Dobrev. She’s a name with the younger crowd. She could carry off the role of an 18 year old, and based in the work she’s done, I believe she’d be able to play the dual nature required for the character.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Sixteen years after being gang raped and left for dead, a woman seeks revenge on those who attacked her.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Not sure yet. The more I hear about traditional publishing, especially the Big Six (or is it Five now?), I would be tempted to say self-published, and if not self, then definitely a smaller press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’m still working on it, but 60,000 words, I’m about half way done, and that took me a little over a month. I’m one of those, though, who can’t just spit out a first draft, then go back and revise. If I could do that, it probably would have been completed by now.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? This is something I try not to do, and I wish this wasn’t one of the questions, but since it is, I guess I have to answer. Off the top of my head, I would have to say Bryan Smith’s The Killing Kind. There’s quite a bit of sex and murder, but not all the characters are bonkers.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? The characters did. Sometimes they get in your head and they won’t shut up until their story is told.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Did I mention the sex? There’s quite a bit of sex.

What? No more questions? This was just starting to be fun. Well, tune in next week to the following blogs to read about More Big Things (NO! Not that! Get your mind out of the gutter!) coming your way: Tamara Thorne, Andrew E. Kaufman, and Eli Wilde (link to come).

Where Do You Come Up With This Shit?

A few days ago a friend of mine asked me if he could read some of my short stories. I had no problem with it, but the question was, Which one? After giving it some careful thought, I decided to let him read Hungry for More. It’s a newer piece that hasn’t seen publication yet, and more than likely will turn up in the collection of short pieces I am working on. I gave him that piece because it was a newer piece, and because another friend of mine has expressed interest in turning it into a short film. Anyway, when he was done, he had this disgusted look on his face (I guess he doesn’t read much horror fiction), but asked to read something else. I gave him For the Preservation of the Species, a novelette that I recently posted on Amazon for Kindle readers. When he was done with that, he asked me the question readers have been asking writers for ages: Where do you get you ideas? Actually, his exact words were, “Where do you come up with this shit?” He didn’t mean it was shit; it’s just his way of speaking, the uncivilized barbarian. He says Stephen King has written some “seriously fucked up shit”, so I took it as a compliment. After giving it a little thought, I told him, Anywhere and everywhere, and that’s the truth. You never know where the idea of your next story is going to come from.

My first published short story, Forgive Me, Father, For I Have…Burp!, started out as a snarky response to something Mark Henry said in his Yahoo! group, something about the Father Confessor has arrived, come forward and confess your sins. Since Mark was writing about high-functioning zombies, I came back with something about eating my girlfriend on a Friday, and good little Catholic boy that I am, I asked if I was going to Hell. Well, it wouldn’t go away, so one day I just started writing to get it out of my head, and thus the story was born.

Hungry for More came from something a homeless person said at the Bed and Breakfast I frequent in Vermont, and the same place, with its spider-infested room, provided the inspiration for For the Preservation of the Species. My first novel manuscript, Ursa Major, which is currently in the editing/rewrite stage, had its roots in a dream. My second manuscript, working title Maggie Creek Road, came to me while I was listening to Reba’s recording of a song by the same title. There are a few other ideas that I am working on that were also born from snippets of songs. Another idea came to me after noticing some roadkill while out for a walk this past summer. Yes, roadkill. So you never know where the next idea is going to come from. You just need to keep your eyes, ears, and mind open to what’s going on around you because sometimes you won’t even be consciously aware of it, but something, somewhere, sometime, is going to trigger those creative juices and the idea will be there. It might come to you fully developed, but the seed will be planted; you’ll just need to nurture it until it develops into something bigger.