Welcome to THE NEXT BIG THING!!
“THE NEXT BIG THING” is designed to raise awareness of new works, or works in progress by posing ten delicious questions the work, and then tagging other authors to do the same.
I was nominated by Johnny Worthen. I met this excellent author through Rainstorm Press. Take a look back and check out his stuff. I’m thrilled to follow him. Also be sure to hop along to the fine authors I tagged at the bottom of this post. They’ll be up on the 13th of February.
And now, THE NEXT BIG THING:
What is the working title of your next book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It came from Harold Camping, actually. He was so certain that the Rapture was coming, and at a specific date and time, that people were selling their homes and getting rid of personal items so they could be ready for it. At the time, I thought of how a predator could use this in order to kidnap a child and no one would ever bother to look for him or her because they would say the child had been Raptured. I was horrified by the thought. So, I decided to explore that in this next book.
What genre does your book fall under?
I’m not really sure. It’s a long way from being completed. On the one hand, it could be considered horror, though not in the traditional sense. On the other, it’s just a book that’s purpose is to get people to think. I’ll have a better sense of genre when I get the first draft completed.
I don’t have a good sense yet of who would play which parts because I’m still in the initial draft. The hardest part to cast will be Jeanne Montgomery because she’s so young, but I would definitely want Steve Buscemi and Anne Hathaway to be cast. Their work is amazing.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The town believes Jeanne Montgomery was Raptured, but was she?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I do not intent to self-publish the book, but I’m not sure yet where I will send it because it’s not finished.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m still writing the first draft. I have a lot of projects going right now, so I haven’t been able to work on it the way I’d like to. The portion of the manuscript that I have finished, I wrote in about three days. I have a feeling that this manuscript will come in bursts like that.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I hesitate to compare myself to anyone. I could see Mary Higgins-Clark tackling the subject matter, though.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I mostly answered this above, but I guess what really tugged at me was the selfishness involved with blind obedience. Underneath it all, that’s what it is. Someone has the need to believe in something so badly, they will overlook the obvious in order to keep that belief unchallenged. And who is at fault? Who do you blame when someone gets hurt because someone else needed to believe in something? Obviously, you blame the person who did the hurting, but there’s a deeper responsibility than that. Do you hold individuals, or even institutions, responsible, or do you allow them to be blameless because they believe? How much hurt is too much hurt? Who gets to draw that arbitrary line, and is it really arbitrary if others who are outside of that belief are held to that standard already? When does society get to say, “Enough. Your beliefs are dangerous to others,” or do they ever get to say that? These are the questions that pull at me. I’m not even sure they are questions that can be answered, but answering them and passing judgment isn’t the point. The point is getting people to ask the questions.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It won’t be for the faint of heart. Bad things happen, and although I try to be as delicate as I can, those things are still very graphic. In fact, I made myself ill writing one scene, and I haven’t been able to work on the manuscript since then. It’s not gratuitous, though. Unfortunately, the graphic nature of the book is necessary because it is steeped in reality. If I do my job right, people will get angry…and then they’ll start asking the questions.
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