Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing



My Friend D. Krauss tagged me with these questions. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: why do I still call him a friend, right?
Here’s my reasoning. I was bored, my blog needed a new post— it’s been a while, and besides, when I read the questions I thought they’d be fun.

What is the working title of your book?
Now that’s a tricky question. The current title is “Highland Creek,” but my editor has made it clear we have to change it. So what is it going to be called when it is released? At this point, your guess is as good as mine.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
To explain the where the idea came from I must first tell you the book is about a former member of the FDNY who lost his family in an air accident. Now he´s trying to piece his life back together. He gets a last-chance job investigating insurance fraud, but of course, being a thriller, he soon finds himself in danger.
The original idea for the main plot dealt with the Nigerian scams (yes, we all get those emails), but that concept was scraped in one of the early revisions.

What genre does your book fall under?
Are you asking if it is suspense, action-adventure or thriller?  All of the above, hopefully. Of course, there is a bit of romance mingled in there.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jason Statham could play the lead, if he can manage to lose the Brit accent. Jennifer Connelly for the female lead. The bad guy, I’d propose Gael García Bernal.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Former firefighter and widower Sebastian Martin enters a new job investigating fraud but ends up strapped to a chair enduring torture at the hands of a former KGB trainee.
Phew, that was tough!

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Highland Creek, or whatever the title will be at the time, will be released by Rebel E-Publishers. They are an up and coming publisher who accepts un-agented authors.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wrote the first chapter in 2006, the finally typed THE END in 2010. Don’t worry, the book is not overly long, it just happened that life got in the way of my daily goals.

You don´t believe me? Look at the NANOWRIMO patch:


What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The damaged hero is reminiscent of James Bond after becoming a widower in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or the first half of Lewis Perdue’s Daughter of God or even Ken Follett’s Triple. Did I mention my book is a thriller?

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The book’s underlying theme is “second chances.” This will be my second novel length work in English, thus my second chance at it. I found inspiration in my desire to become a better writer, device more complicated plots, and last but not least, to finish the damn thing.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Exotic locations! Half the book’s story happens in different cities of Honduras, however, many of those places are viewed from a foreigner’s perspective. It was quite tricky to take every-day landscapes into exotic locations. Well, not really. The place is beautiful to begin with.


The new tags are:



And here are the rules:

* Give credit to the person / blog that tagged you
* Post the rules for the blog hop
*Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog
*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.


7 comments:

D Krauss said...

Dude! Sounds like quite the intense read. Probably too intense for me. I'm delicate, ya know.

Cealarenne said...

Sounds like a terrific read. We'll all look out for it. But Jason Statham? Really?

IM Cupnjava said...

I'll be doing this Wednesday. Thank you for tagging me. :)

IM Cupnjava said...

This seems like it will be a very interesting read.

Gina Fava said...

Thanks for the tag, Jose! You're the best! I'll be posting next week :)

Cat Connor said...

You had me at Statham. :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Nice to hear a bit about your latest project. Neat too how this started as a NANO project. I was just reading a post yesterday where it listed out a bunch of Nano books that went on to be published. :)

Angela