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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

So Whats New? The Next Big Thing

It’s autumn now, or at least if feels like it, and it’s the time for new things. New series on the telly – are you watching Dr Who? – and I’m told Downton Abbey is just about to appear again. New books – aren’t you fed up with Fifty Shades yet? New films – I’m not up to them as there is no cinema in my town. So what else is new? Well, last week I was tagged by one of my Love a Happy Ending mates, Mandy Baggot, in her blog post ‘The Next Big Thing’, so this week it’s my turn! I have to answer ten questions about my work in progress and tag five other writers to tell you about their latest work next Wednesday. But before we start I have to make an admission! The work in progress is progressing very slowly because I’ve taken time out to prepare Night Watcher for a paperback edition. So watch this space, it won’t be long before it is out.
Now for the work in progress, the novel I really must sit down and finish because I’m only a smidgin from the end.
Check out the questions and my answers. I’ll try to be as honest as I can!

1.What is the working title of your next book?

Well, over time it’s had a couple of working titles. It started out as Vigilante, and then it changed to Predator, and I’m not going to tell you what the final title is as it’s under wraps at the present.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I suppose it started out by one of my friends suggesting I should write a book with a plot that involved computers, because I’m a bit of a techie nerd. So I turned over some ideas in my head and played around with ideas about chat rooms and internet predators, and the plot developed from there, although I must say it became a tad more complicated than my original idea with my usual dose of sub plots and twists. I’m not going to tell you any more, you’ll just have to read it when it comes out.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Same genre as Night Watcher and Dead Wood, it’s a psychological crime thriller and is the third in the Dundee Crime series.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Hmm! I’m not sure who I’d like for DS Bill Murphy. It would have to be a younger version of Liam Neeson. I rather like Nathan Fillion, but he’s too quirky for Bill, so the role is open to any takers. I think Julianne Moore would be ideal for DS Sue Rogers.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Jade vanished five years ago – is she alive or dead – and who is doing all the killing?

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

I’ve been published both ways and decided some time ago that self publishing was the way I wanted to go. You see, I’m a bit of a control freak, and I like to keep my hands on the driving wheel. Agents and publishers tend to impose conditions which I’m not comfortable with.

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

I hate to admit it but I’ve been working on this novel for over a year, and I’m behind schedule. I usually allow a year from beginning to final publication, you need that kind of time to ensure the novel is as good as it can be, and to allow for the revision and editing process to make sure the book meets that criteria.

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

It’s difficult to make comparisons because a book is unique to the author who writes it. Let’s just say that I veer more towards Val McDermid than Agatha Christie.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I think it’s my own inner demons who provide that push. Writing is an addiction, it’s an itch you just have to scratch.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I hope the fact that it’s the third book in the Dundee Crime Series will be enough to tempt my readers to pounce on it.

Now! “Tag you’re it!”
Here are some great authors I’ve tagged to tell us what their next big thing is. Hopefully they’ll have time to tell us what they’re working on.

  1. Gilli Allan:
  2. Miriam Wakerly:
  3. Carol E Wyer:
  4. Eileen Schuh:
  5. Harvey Black:

I look forward to getting a sneak peak of what they’re writing and hope you will too.



Carol E Wyer said...

Hi Chris - very interesting responses and I'm looking forward to answering these questions next week. Thank you for passing the baton in my direction :)
PS Google won't let me onto the site so I might not show up as me.

Chris Longmuir said...

You've made it here, Carol. Glad you thought my answers interesting.

Melanie said...

Oooh... I can't wait to read it, Chris. Sounds like it's going to be another cracker from you.

Chris Longmuir said...

I certainly hope so!

Sheryl said...

Loving the sound of this, Chris - and I think we can rely on your computer knowledge to be accurate! ' itch you just have to scratch'. Love it! Good luck, sweetie! :) xx

AliB said...

All very intriguing, Chris and thanks for sharing. As for the title, keep em guessing, I say! ;)

Janice Horton said...

Wow - that's a really interesting post, Chris. I loved hearing the snippets you wanted to share about your WIP and I'm really intrigued by the ones you didn't!

But those are hard questions and I've been tagged by another author for next week. I best get my thinking hat on!

Janice xx

Kit Domino said...

Fascinating answers to those questions - intrigued at what the title is going to be now.


Gilli Allan said...

You've whetted my appetite, Chris. Can't wait to read it. Hard-edged crime fiction is my favourite escapist reading. I'm very honoured that you tagged me and I'll try to live up to your interesting and informative responses to the ten questions. xx

Sandra said...

Hi Chris
Just popped in to say Hi...great site and blog, I've been meaning to drop by since you gave me your card at the writers circle. Where does the time go?! Keep up the good work! Sandra x

Chris Longmuir said...

Nice to see you all here and I'm glad I whetted your appetites for some more of my scary stuff. Now all I need to do is finish the blasted book!

Kimberly Menozzi said...

You've got me curious to see how you go about the "techie" aspect of the story. However, I must speak up and say Fillion can act without being quirky, I just know it! ;)

Interesting premise, though - I'll be watching for this one!

Chris Longmuir said...

I don't really go too deeply into the techie bits - don't want to lose my readers.