I was tagged by the ever-awesome John Skipp, (or as he is more mysteriously called “The SkiJ”) http://johnskipp.livejournal.com for The Next Big Thing, a meme of 10 standard questions for writers on their next work or current work. This should have gone live a week ago but I was too busy putting pie in my pie-hole. So a week late, but no dollars short here they all are:
1. What is the title of your book?
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
A year of extraordinarily vivid dreams, nine months in corporate hell, and a one-night stand. A sense that the smallest of choices made the biggest of differences into which random reality I was stuck.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Supernatural thriller/Bizarro Fiction
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
My sweetheart always suggests Wally Shawn (plays the ‘incontheivable’ Vizzini in The Princess Bride) anytime I ask about casting. Wally Shawn playing a 27-year-old girl? I know. Inconceivable.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A tripping balls Los Angeles noir where a mysterious dame drags you, a hapless corporate tool and rock-star wannabe, through a time-warping hall of mirrors.
6. Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
Nope. Haunt is published by Fungasm press, a division of Bizarro books.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Six weeks. (Then I put it in a box for seven years.)
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Well, in tribute to Thanksgiving (which doesn’t end, as far as I’m concerned, until the leftovers are gone): if you prepared Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon at Vonnegut’s Slaughter-House Five, and stuffed it with Danielweski’s House of Leaves, and candy-coated it with Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat books, it might taste like Haunt.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A sudden, very sharp understanding that no matter how much I hated my life the idea of killing myself was as much a fantasy as an obsessive love affair having a happy ending. Leaving Los Angeles for six weeks to live with my mom and to write a novel was a more realistic option than throwing myself in an ocean. I went back to it, years later, because the person who had initially written the first draft felt like a completely different person, who I kind of wanted to resurrect.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The free couch.
And, true to form I am to tag 5 other writers who you will hear from next week – Wednesday Dec, 5th – as this meme continues. I decided to tag the totally hot authors of The New Bizarro Author Series!!! The Next Big Thing for sure! All their books sold out in moments at the latest Bizarro-Con, but you can purchase them all at amazon.com In fact, they are so hot I couldn’t pick just 5 and I had to tag all 6! Check them out:
Andrew Wayne Adams was born and raised in rural Ohio. Growing up, he spent most of his time watching slasher films to feel less alone. He is the author of the bizarro novella Janitor of Planet Anilingus. He is happy and successful. andrewwayneadams.blogspot.com
G. Arthur Brown was trapped in a well for over three weeks, eating only his own finger nails and writing KITTEN on the stonework in his own blood. He was glad to be rescued by the Eraserhead NBAS, but sometimes he says he feels more vulnerable in the outside world than he did down that well. Some people are never satisfied. He blogs at garthurbrown.blogspot.com.
S.T. Cartledge is the Australian New Bizarro Author of the action/adventure novella HOUSE HUNTER. He has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing at Curtin University, and is currently completing his honours thesis on Bizarro fiction. Blog: http://themanifold.wordpress.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stcartledge
Gabino Iglesias is awesome and the author of GUTMOUTH. His blog is http://www.poslodocosmos.blogspot.com/
Tamara Romero lives in Barcelona. She writes weird, speculative fiction in English and Spanish. HER FINGERS is her first book. Visit her online at www.tamararomero.com
J.W. Wargo is a Nomadic Bizarro Storyteller who travels the world shouting on street corners. His first book, AVOIDING MORTIMER, was released Fall 2012 through Eraserhead Press as part of their New Bizarro Author Series. jwwargo.blogpsot.com