I got tagged to do this, so what better way to christen my new blog than by filling out these questions? Good thing I’ve got answers to these Q’S! Here we go..
What is the working title of your book?
The current WIP I have going is called “Blaze Tuesday and the Case of the (something something)” I haven’t exactly figured out a snappy way to title this case, but it’s book 2 of a series, so there’s that, I suppose?
Where did the idea for your book come from?
My mom calls it a “Star Trek Holo-deck Adventure”. I’ve always had a fascination with noir films and hardboiled detective novels. So I took those elements and set them into a semi-futuristic SteamPunk kind of world.
What Genre does it fall under?
Hell if I know. Probably “Crime” and “Science Fiction”, but you can call it whatever you want.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Blaze Tuesday and his partner, Jackson Early, have had tough cases before, but never anything so tough as protecting a bombshell babe from the wrath of New York’s mob — and living to tell the tale.
Will your book be self-published, or represented by an agency?
I’m hoping for the latter, but won’t turn my nose up at self-publication.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Ha. Ha… um… this one isn’t finished, but the story that comes before this one (since it’s in a series) I wrote, edited and polished during NaNoWriMo 2012. So far, I’ve just started the second book, so I’m hoping it’ll take me about 6 weeks. My editor is awesome and works SUPER fast.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Dresden Files. And maybe a less funny version of Dirk Gently. Shades of Marlowe, too. I try not to copy other people’s styles because I have my own and that means that I don’t have to think too hard about being exact in my copying. :D
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Funny this would come up. I’m working on developing Blaze Tuesday into a TV show. Ideal casting?
Blaze Tuesday: Brian Mahoney or Sean Patrick Flanery. Or, if he was done with Psych, Timothy Omundson. Blaze is an older, kind of grizzled detective, so someone who can bring the sarcasm and the whole “super good guy upholding the law” kind of vibe.
Jackson Early: Misha Collins… Or Sean Patrick Flanery, depending on who was cast as Blaze. Jackson is younger than Blaze, so that’s kind of a factor. I also wouldn’t be opposed to Andrew Lincoln taking up the role of Jackson.
Trixie Luna: Blaze’s secretary, who is dating Jackson… huh… I haven’t really thought about this one. She’d have to be cute, bubbly and get the soul-crushing “I will get what I want” look, down. I could see a young Catherine Tate playing her. Because, damn if Donna Noble didn’t have that “bitch, please” look DOWN.
Kali (last name hasn’t been decided yet): Blaze’s crush since forever. Also the coroner he used to work with and still uses as a consultant. I honestly haven’t got a clue. If I can play TimeLord and pick anyone, I’d probably go with Melissa McBride as a young woman because I love her so much. Like SO much. You have no idea. It’s a legitimate crush. :D
Chief Fredricks: IronE Singleton. I miss him in Walking Dead. (Three guesses about what shows I watch.) Funnily enough, when I wrote this character, I was imagining Michael Clarke Duncan and then remembered that he died earlier in 2012, and then was sad. So I changed my mind and wrote the character with IronE in mind.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I love to read mystery books, but I have always been afraid to write mystery and crime books because they intimidated me. I used NaNoWriMo to force myself to write something outside of my comfort zone, so I did it and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. Hell, I even entered it into the Curiosity Quills NaNo Virtuosos contest! (Vote for me starting on the 14th!) I’ve also been obsessed with hardboiled detectives for as long as I can remember, so it seemed natural that I’d eventually start writing one!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Mystery, intrigue and clockwork robot implants aren’t enough? Mob hits on beautiful women aren’t enough? I plan to keep this as an ongoing series with lots of different plots and wonderfulness. I can promise a good time and you’ll have my undying love forever? I’m also not opposed to fan fiction! Ha ha!
I have no idea who to tag, someone remind me to tag other people when I find other people to tag, okay?