I haven’t done an author’s blog tour before. Neither had my compatriot, Samantha Tiner. But she did The Next Big Thing; then, asked me to join in. Sam saw it as a great way to promote her indie release “The Secret of the Storm” which was released on Sept 1. You can find it on Amazon.
I figured I’d be game to do the same, if only to just get my thoughts clear on what I’m doing with this current work in progress. Also, the idea of this virtual mystery tour was fun.
This tour doesn’t require me or you to get on a plane, train, boat, with a goat or eating Green Eggs and Ham. Just to answer a few questions of interest, have you read them and then tag some fellow writers to participate in the same. It’s a great way to get to know all kinds of emerging writers. For some authors what they are discussing will already be published (and those that I will tag will find that to be the case, too); but for me, it’s all about the next big thing — unpublished. But hopefully you’ll find it interesting and come back when it is at that magical place called “published.”
Next Big Thing Interviewer: What is the working title of your book?
Casz: SECOND THOUGHT
TNBT: Where did the idea come from for the book?
C: During a rainy October day, I saw a flash in the alley of my small town. News events of the previous weeks coupled with some personal tragedies spurred the story.
TNBT: What genre does your book fall under?
C: Someone asked me that the other night as I was vetting some hooklines via social media chat. It most certainly falls under the umbrella term of speculative fiction. It has some urban fantasy elements because it’s set in 2009(ish), but also has some horror elements to it as well. I just call it weird tale.
TNBT: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
C: The Reverend (AKA Rolston Heyerdahl): Keith David (aka Keith David Williams)
Anna Ruby: Alana de la Garza
Sam Ruby: Seychelle Gabriel
Wyatt Raines: Paul Walker
Abaak Lajjad: Steve Buscemi
TNBT: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
C: A small town is gripped by an malevolent creature and thrust into an epic battle of good versus evil.
TNBT: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
C: I don’t know yet.
TNBT: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
C: 30 days. It was my 2009 NaNoWriMo project.
TNBT: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
C: I told a friend that it’s like the second-half of THE STAND in some aspects, but doesn’t incorporate the whole of the country. It also feels a bit like THE RITUAL, but probably only because I just recently read that.
TNBT: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
C: People who live their truth and do the right thing in the face of much diversity.
TNBT: What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?
C: If they loved Twin Peaks, they’ll probably like this; also I turn establishments on its ear and I win, at least on the pages of this novel, a bit of social justice for the LBGTQ community.
So, now I get to tag authors to join this loop.
Evan J. Peterson and Eric Andrews-Katz. Both Evan and Eric and I appeared in the anthology AT SECOND GLANCE. Evan is teaching a class I would LOVE to attend, and has a new release, SKIN JOB. Eric also has a new release, THE JESUS INJECTION.
Last, but surely not least, Kymberlee della Luce. She’s done a one-woman show, UNBRIDLED, which I’m hoping gets more than its inaugural run, and writes constantly. She’s going places in the art world. Keep tabs on her work now. You’ll be glad you did.
Hope you enjoyed the tour and the interview. Go check out the folks that I “tagged.” They are muses to me in their own right.
Thanks for coming along on the tour.