The Next Big Thing
There’s a “blog hop” going on in the horror writing community right now where authors tag each other to answer questions about upcoming projects.
Some very popular authors have been tagged, and somehow I was also tagged. Thanks to Rose Blackthorn for including me on the fun. I wrote this a day early because I woke early and I didn’t want to drive my wife crazy while she slept.
What is the working title of your book or story?
I finished the sequel of my novel The Highway Way titled A Wicked Messenger. I plan to let it stew for a couple of months before I start editing.
I’m working on a number of short stories and novellas at the moment.
“Blood Will Have Blood” is a Heller Mystery novella featuring Jonathon Heller on the trial of a blood-thirsty vampire Quincey Morris seeking to turn members of his family. (This is the Texan character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.)
“The Little Prince of the Outer Darkness” is a Cthulhu Mythos story about a young prince taking a test to see if he is worthy of leading the Cult of Azathoth.
Once the smaller stories are finished, I plan to work on a short horror novel titled Salvation Heights about a young doula named Charlie that accepts an assignment in a small, but wealthy community only to accidently discover a web of seduction and terror that leads to the Esoteric Order of Heavenly Delight.
Where did the idea come from for the book or story?
I often have random ideas when concentrating on other work. I’ve learned a trick where I capture it, no matter how nonsensical in notepad and then at the end of the day I copy everything into a word file I keep on the flash drive in my key chain. “Blood Will Have Blood” came to me while working on a short story for Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula.
What genre does your book fall under?
My stories tend to fall under Horror and Dark Fantasy.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I based the appearance of Jonathon Heller on a friend and I’d like to give him some privacy on that score by not naming him.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book or story?
I added this above just to keep everything in order.
Will your book or story be self-published or represented by an agency?
A number of these stories are intended for submission for specific projects so check with me next year.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
An average story usually takes me about a week to write. A novella can take a month or two, depending upon how long it will be in the end.
What other books or stories would you compare this story to within your genre?
This is kind of a rough question to ask a write. I try not to peer too much under the hood and focus solely on what I can do to make the story better.
Who or What inspired you to write this book or story?
The Paris Time Capsule article inspired me to write “A Dream of a Country Cottage”
What else about your book or story might pique the reader’s interest?
I’ve been doing a good deal of researching for these stories. Thankfully, I have some awesome friends that know lots of cool stuff. I have a friend that is a hard-core costumer that has been giving me lots of advice as to what a fashionable women of high birth might be expected to wear in Texas in the 1920 and what would be scandalous. You would be surprised at the amount of trouble that a silly part of trousers could cause.
Thanks for reading!