Friday, December 14, 2012

The Next Big Thing Redux

So I was asked by another author to do another NExt Big Thing. Last time it was Charles R. Rutledge and this time around it's G N Braun and, by golly, I'm doing it again. Last time around it was SEVEN FORGES. This time around it's CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD, which, ironically, is the sequel to the book that Charles wrote about on his Next Big Thing Meme. BLIND SHADOWS (See Charles' Next Big Thing) just came out and already sold out and will soon be released in e-book format and as a trade paperback from DarkFuse Books. Time will tell about CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD. 

Apparently I'm supposed to ask several people to follow after me on this endeavor and I'm doing it wrong. Consider this an open challenge: I have done two in a month,because I have two projects recently finished or still being worked on. What are YOU writing? Let us know....

What is the working title of your book?


Where did the idea for the book come from?

Well, I did a novel with Charles R. Rutledge called BLIND SHADOWS and we liked the characters so much that we wanted to do another. Charles came up with a quote from the Bible that we both thought was interesting and the two of us kicked around a few ideas and started writing.

What genre does your book fall under?

Hmm, One part crime novel, one part horror novel, one part southern gothic with a twist of weird. Shake well and serve chilled.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie version.

That’s genuinely hard to say. The two main characters aren’t exactly the usual leading man material. They’re a couple of big bruisers. I could sort of see Josh Brolin in a part, or Joe Don Baker, Or Ryan Hurst, Taylor Kitsch, Thomas Hayden Church…a lot of variables and most of them not quite in the same age bracket, so, you know, it’s not easy to come up with the two guys who would play the leads.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of the book?

   A private investigator and a local southern sheriff work on separate missing children cases that lead into a dark conflagration of troubles.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Though nothing is written in ink at this time, we’ve got an eye towards using the same publisher as we did for BLIND SHADOWS, Arcane Wisdom for the limited edition and Dark Fuse for the trade paperback and e-version and I hope that’ll work out as I always enjoy working with that team.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About 6 weeks. Maybe 8, but I think 6. We’re sort of prolific along those lines. He writes a scene, I write a scene and we bounce it back and forth that way.

What other books would you compare this story with in your genre?

I’m going to give the same answer that Charles gave in a similar series of questions: The best comparison I can think of is the Joe R. Lansdale “Hap & Leonard” books, only with monsters.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I have a love of crime novels and a love of horror stories. The same could fairly be said about my co-author. We just wanted to have a bit of fun fusing the two together. The influences are numerous, to be kind. Weird fiction and crime fiction rolled into one.

What else about your book might pique the interest of readers?

There’s a solid mystery going on here, and there’s a lot of action sequences. We both of us have a love of the old pulps and that’s the sort of feel we were going for.

   So there you go. Be sure and swing by Geoff Brown’s site and check out the other writers involved.

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