Posted on | 5 months, 1 week ago, in the early morning | 1 Comment
By “Chris” I mean the darling and divine Christopher Golden, of course … he of the marvelous books and groovy blog. For you see, he has tagged me. And now, in accordance with internet tagging principles, I must respond.
I think the idea is to fill out this questionnaire with regards to any impending projects you have hitting the market, so this one catches me at a funny in-between time; for you see, The Inexplicables came out a month ago, and my next book (Fiddlehead) won’t be out until this time next year.
So I’ll get a little fancy with this. THAT’S RIGHT, Y’ALL. We are going OFF SCRIPT up in here. (If in fact this is off-script at all. It might not be. I’m frankly a bit unclear – which should not reflect upon Chris, natch. It reflects only on me, and my iffy reader comprehension when it comes to following directions.)
In short, I will answer these questions with regards to a project I’m developing right now – partly because I am majorly enthusiastic about it, and partly because why the hell not.
The Next Big Thing: Maplecroft
Where did the idea come from for the book? A bizarre real-life murder mystery from early in the 20th century.
What genre does your book fall under? I’ve had a lot of fun with steampunk, and I predict yet further fun to come – but I want to take a detour and go back to my horror roots. If pressed, I might describe this one as a “steam-gothic.”
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Hmm… I’d love to see Ron Perlman in the role of the retired physician – a brilliant, dignified man of science gently unraveling as he comes to terms with the supernatural; Jim Parsons would be a divine unwilling villain – a professor from a New England university undergoing a terrible transformation (and it’d be nifty to see him in a serious role); Jennifer Connelly would be great as a woman confronting the impossible, struggling toward a science that will explain the utterly unexplainable; and Mary Elizabeth Winstead could be keen in the role of her young lover.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? I’m going to be cagey about that, as the hook isn’t something I want to make super-public yet.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? All my books are represented by my agent, Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Still not there yet. But I’ve pulled together a proposal and some sample content – and that took me several months. If I hadn’t been traveling so much and/or otherwise busy, it wouldn’t have taken nearly so long; but I’ve been noodling on the project in my spare time, which has been less than copious as of late. I will finish a draft in 2013.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? At the risk of sounding overly ambitious, I’d call it kin to Dracula – as it’s essentially a turn-of-the-century horror story told in an epistolary style.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? A penchant for taking low-brow pitches and treating them with utmost seriousness.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Maplecroft isn’t specifically, literally Lovecraftian … but I’d like to think it’s the kind of story that Lovecraft might’ve read about in the newspaper as a child – and served to inform his later work.
And here I go – linking the folks in the Tagged-By-Chris party: S. G. Browne, Caitlin Kittredge, and Amber Benson. Hot damn, I am in some fine company!
Okay, NOW I’m supposed to tag four or five other people and keep spreading the meme around … but while I was out of town on tour, it’s like every-damn-body did this meme but me. Well, me, and the super-cool Delilah S. Dawson, who was the only
sucker willing writer who took me up on the tagging.
So how about this instead? If you are a writer with a project pending, knock yourself out. YOU ARE TAGGED. Link yourselves in the comments of this post. And that way I will have sort of, lazily, but technically, followed instructions.
(Sorry Chris! You know I love ya! But you also know that the record will reflect … I am not much in the way of a brilliant organizer…)