My Next Big Thing

Thanks to Andrew Nette, author of the awesome Ghost Money and Amanda Bridgeman who has a brand spanking new book coming out through Momentum Books for tagging me in their Next Big Thing.

Here’s mine.

What is the title of your current/next book?

Dark City Blue

Where did the idea come from?

Nobody knows where ideas come from, least of all writers. That light bulb moment where a killer idea hits a writer like a kick in the balls is bullshit. Stories come in dribs and drabs of ideas, as they did with Dark City Blue.

That said, there were three overarching ideas that developed into the novel.

I wanted to read a fast paced, crime thriller set in my own country.
I was tired of reading Oz lit dressed up as Oz crime.
I wanted to tell a story about a man who does bad things for good reasons.

What genre does your book fall under?

If there were a Tough Bastard genre, it would probably fall under that. Otherwise, Dark City Blue falls under crime/police procedural.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Coming from a screenwriting background, which means I’m half a filmmaker, I would have to go (if money was no object) Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman or any other actor that would drag the audience to the cinema.

Personally, I’d prefer the novel to be adapted as a television series.

What is the one sentence of your book?

One man destroys the police department in his obsession to expose corruption.

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

Dark City Blue is available now from the awesome Momentum Books.

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

I like to write fast. I outlined for three weeks and wrote the first draft in twenty five days. After that, there many many drafts to follow.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Dark City Blue is like Serpico, if Serpico snorted a fistful of cocaine and hung out with Lee Marvin.

What else about this book might pique the reader’s interest?

This:

As for tagging others in this post, it seems that everybody who has written more than a paragraph has already done theirs.

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