Kelli Owen tagged me a week back and guilted me into doing this. Just kidding! I had fun. There was no guilt involved. If you’ve ever met Kelli, you know she’s far too mani to pull off a good guilt trip. Poor girl…
1) What is the title of your next book?
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Fun story, but I’m only going to tell you part of it. I wrote the entire book for a single scene, and the idea for that scene came from a music video. I’ve now given you twice as much information about Red Sky’s origins than I’ve given anybody else.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
It’s certainly a horror book, though a good portion over it is pretty firmly entrenched in the crime genre.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Believe it or not, I’ve never considered this. For Danny Black, the career criminal who serves as the closest thing we have to a hero, I want somebody both handsome and gritty. I really want to say John Hamm. Like, a weathered John Hamm. Or Josh Halloway. Or Timothy Olyphant. For his best friend and partner in crime Nelson, I want somebody who can be a little more fun, a little more caring. I’d say Joseph Gordon-Levitt. At this point we’re just going through my man crushes. For psycho lovebirds Gina and Dale, I’d go with Lizzy Caplan and maybe Ryan Hurst. Twitchy driver Wallace? Either Aaron Paul or Dominic Monaghan. For hostage Mel (short for Melanie), I’ll say Ellie Kemper, who I want to see in a dramatic role. I’d also demand a Kelly Clarkson cameo, preferably with her wearing glasses. I’ve said to much…
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When a bank robbery goes sour and a string of career criminals hides out in an abandoned factory, they find themselves hunted by both the military and a group of horrific creatures.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The book will be published by Deadite Press.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first draft took a little over two months to complete. Another two years passed before the book wasx ready to be published, though.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’d hope it would compare to some of the better siege and action works in the genre, like Jack Ketchum’s Ladies Night and David Wellington’s books. If you like monsters, shooting, and a good car chase, this is a damn good book for you.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Asking me question two again isn’t going to get you a new answer.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
I love the idea of horrible things happening under our noses, secret corners to the world and secrets that most people never have to face. Somewhere between conspiracy theories and the edge of the galaxy, there’s this idea that everything is just a little weirder…a little grimier…than the one we see. Red Sky is a peek into one of those corners. And there’s a tie to my vampire novel Lights Out. Also, Laird Barron said it reminded him of Predator. That’s got to count for something.