Tagged By Allison M. Dickson – Q&A Excuse

I got tagged by the wonderfully talented and beautiful Allison M. Dickson and decided to follow along and answer the interview questions… how can I resist her smile?

The Rules:

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.
Five might be a stretch, but here goes: Tim Baker, Mark Tufo, Todd Brown,  Tonia Brown, and Jeffrey Kosh 

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
Death Cult: Death Metal 2


Where did the idea come from for the book?
It is the followup to the 2009 release, Death Metal, building on an idea I had well after the book was already released. I never really intended their to be a sequel, but the world I’d created would never fully let me go.

What genre does your book fall under?
Definitely a thriller. With some horror/paranormal-ish leanings. When Death Metal came out, it was marketed by the publisher as an urban horror novella. I never quite got that, but it is definitely a thriller.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For Wayne Tursha it would have to be a large actor with plenty of character, but the best ones (Chris Farley, John Candy) are gone. An unknown who can pull off crazy dyed hair would work.

For Melissa Cahill, Miley Cyrus would be perfect. OK, maybe not Hannah Montana, but someone ‘hip’ and ‘happening’…

I would also have Allyssa Milano playing Karen, her mom. She doesn’t look like her at all, but it would be an excuse to meet Allyssa and win her heart.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The music of D.T.C. has far-reaching and evil consequences, even years later…

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ll be putting this one out myself, like I did when Death Metal‘s rights reverted back to me.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m still writing the first draft. I’m 18k into it, but right now the main priority will be to finish the thirteen stories/episodes of Miami Spy Games I am contracted for for Hobbes End Publishing. I hope to be done with the first draft (looking at around 50k) before the end of 2012.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That’s tough. I’m not sure the storyline really compares to another off the top of my head. Not being an egotistical jerk (I don’t think), but I haven’t read this story setup the way I have. I just hope readers of my other work will love it as well as new readers. But, thinking about it, the books by Phil Rickman I read in my late teens defintely inspired me with the combination of horror/thriller and heavy metal music.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My love of the first story and how I could never shake the nagging feeling there was more to be written at the end. Plus, I love the characters and I am a huge Heavy Metal fan and have a working knowledge of how the business end of it works from having managed death metal bands in the mid-1990’s.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you loved Death Metal, you’ll love this book, which picks up years later. If you find this one first, you can still follow along and meet these old friends and new characters. I am enjoying writing it and hope you’ll love reading it.

Now Hop away to some really great writers


Check out all of the authors I have linked above. They’re as varied as snowflakes, but all very talented. As for the one who inspired Allison originally to write this, you really should check out Gae Polisner’s amazing book,The Pull of Gravity and keep watching out for her new work…

Thanks, Allison! That was fun!!

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