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Tag! You’re an Author and You’re “It”

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You know this game, but you may never have played it this way: Tag! You’re the author who’s “It” so you have to play the game by sharing your Work in Progress (WIP) or it’s straight to bed without supper for you. Anastasia Vitsky tagged me, and these are the rules:

  • Give credit (including the URL/link) to the person or blog that caught you when you were frantically trying to run away, slugged you on the arm, and thus made you “It”
  • Play by the rules – no pinching, kicking, crying, spitting, or throwing tantrums – which includes posting the rules
  • Answer ten questions about your current WIP, no matter the genre, because maybe we’d like to get to know you better (actually it’s only 9 questions as far as I can tell, since the 10th “question” is the next step)
  • List five other authors or bloggers, with their hiding places (URL/links), so we can chase them down and make them “It” so the rest of us who are done playing can go in,  eat our supper, and check out their other books.

1. What is the title (or working title) of your WIP book?

No Feet in Heaven

2. What genre(s) does your book fall under (or brush up against)?

Thriller, suspense, shite-scary-enough-to-keep-you-up-all-night-with-the-lights-on-jumping-at-every-sound-you-hear (or so I’ve been told by my readers).

3. Which actors would you choose to play the characters in the film version of your book? (should you ever get it optioned and actually get lucky enough to have principal photography started, the film made and distributed… well, you get the idea…)

For the principals, I’d choose the very hottest, most popular, talented celebrity stars at the moment, so everyone would flock to see the film, then rush home to grab their Kindles to buy the e-book version, or log into their computers to get the paper version.

For the minor characters, anyone else who’s a good actor.

For the extras, anyone who can scream, hide, or play dead really well.

4. What is the one-sentence synopsis Pitch for your book? (The synopsis gives the plot & ending, so no one should be answering that question; the Pitch gets the readers interested without giving away the ending. Synopsis = Spoilers = Bad)

Two brothers and their female cousin decide to track down a notorious serial killer for the reward money, unaware that, as they are looking for him, he may, in fact, be hunting them.

5. Will your book be Indie published, self-published, or represented by an agency and sold to a traditional publisher?

An earlier version of the novel, with a different title, was being negotiated for by a traditional publisher, whose company was purchased by one of the humongous NY publishers that’s buying up all the little guys, and the editor/publisher was told she couldn’t buy any more new books since the little company already had too many books in the queue. Then she got laid off.

My agent told me to wait until the editor/publisher established  her political base in the next company (several years, at least) so she could “buy it again.” I released my agent for not even trying to earn her 20% and got another (who retired after giving birth to her third child, without managing to sell the book, although several publishers were “in discussion”).

Meanwhile, Hollywood stole the book (from a mole – read: underpaid editorial assistant – in the NY House that was negotiating for it), made at least five different film versions of it (different genres) all within the same 2 year period, so I’ve spent the last few years completely revising it so Hollywood can’t claim I stole it from them.

It will be Indie published in 2013.

(Lemme tellya, being traditionally published by NY ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.)

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Two-three years, I think. Then one year for my agent to sell attempt to sell it. Two years for Hollywood to release its pirated versions of it. Five years while I wrote another novel and one year to get that next book published. Three years to completely re-envision the original “serial killer” novel and rewrite until it was nothing like the first version, which was copied by a mole in the publishing house and sold to someone-whose-name-I-will-not-mention in Hollywood…)

All together, several years to do the “first draft,” twice, of the same of the novel.

(Oy, vey, no wonder I’m so tired…)

7. What other books in this genre would you compare yours to? 

Stephen Dobyns’ The Church of Dead Girls, Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy, Patrick McGrath’s Spider, The Grotesque, and Asylum, Joyce Carol Oates’ Zombie, and Anne Frasier’s Sleep Tight, Play Dead, and Hush.

8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My own violent and extremely abusive childhood. Unfortunately.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s told from several perspectives and multiple points of view. As usual with my novels, none of the narrators could be called “reliable.”

10. Thank god, I’ve finally run fast enough to catch five other authors (and any who don’t have a blog of their own to answer these questions are welcome to do a guest post on mine):

John Hoggard

John Dolan

Seumas Gallacher

John Potter

Chris Bohjalian

Gotchya. You’re “It”!

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