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THE NEXT BIG THING – Blog Meme for Authors

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, December, 4, 2012 by llsoares

Welcome back to GORY GOODNESS!

It’s been a long time since I used this old blog of mine. To be honest, between working, writing fiction,and writing/editing for Cinema Knife Fight, I don’t have a lot of time to write a regular blog anymore.

But I recently got an email from my buddy Dan Keohane tagging me for a “blog meme” called The Next Big Thing. What is this? Well, authors are blogging answers to ten quick questions, then tagging other authors they think readers should know about. The whole idea is to create a network through social media, drawing new readers through blog readerships, etc. So I’ve got to answer ten questions and tag at least five other writers. As it is, I’m tagging four. But that’s fine.

In the old days, they would have called this a “chain letter,” but now, with the Internet,  it’s somehow cool and called a “blog meme.” In all seriousness, this is the kind of thing I would normally have avoided. But Dan asked me to do it, and I figured, what’s the harm? Maybe it will make some new people aware of my work. So here are my questions and answers, for your reading enjoyment:


1) What is the title of your next book/work?
Well, my next book is called ROCK ‘N’ ROLL and it’s my second novel. Currently in production, and hopefully coming out soon.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work?
I began with a title. I do that a lot. Strangely, this book has had a lot of different titles. When I first started writing it, it was called “Vomitorium.” I’m not sure why. I guess I just thought it was a provocative title. But I soon realized it was also —a bad title. Originally, early on, there was a scene where a character got physically ill and started rolling around on the floor, so I’m sure that had something to do with it.

Then it was going to be called “Purge,” because I had another novel called “Binge” and it was kind of a bookend to it. Or it was going to be. But it didn’t turn out that way. It went in a completely different direction and pretty much avoided the whole vomit/purge theme entirely. I guess I should be thankful for that. As it turned out, it’s about something else entirely.

It had a few other titles along the way that I can’t remember, until it ended up as ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, having just about nothing to do with my original concept. So don’t worry, this book won’t make you sick (I hope).

How’s that for an unusual answer?

3) What genre does your book/work fall under?
In all honesty, this is why it took so long for this book to find a home. I had no clue what genre it was. It wasn’t strange enough to be Bizarro fiction (I’d written it before that phrase became a genre all its own, anyway) and it wasn’t “normal” enough to be mainstream. There are some horror elements. And some scenes that are kind of surreal. It’s kind of in a genre of its own.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Ryan Gosling might make a good Lash, the main character. I’m not sure who else I would cast in it.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A man rolls around and channels strange forces that affect those around him.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be published by Gallows Press and will hopefully be coming out in the next month or two. Currently, it’s in production. As soon as I have an official release date, I’ll announce it.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Probably about six or seven months.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I guess I’m kind of proud that there are no books that come to mind that I could compare it to. As I said, it’s kind of in a genre of its own.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I mentioned in answer # 2, I started it with a completely different idea in mind and it took off in a direction of its own. I hesitate to say the book wrote itself, because it obviously didn’t. I wrote it. But I cannot explain what inspired it. And it did go in directions I wasn’t expecting.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, there’s lots of sex in it.  Sex plays a big part in the storyline.

Well that’s it for me. I’ll be posting the link to this on Facebook and tagging some friends. I hope this has piqued your interest in ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

And while you’re waiting for ROCK ‘N’ ROLL to come out, don’t forget to pick up a copy of my first novel, LIFE RAGE, published by Nightscape Press and available in all the usual places.