November 7th, 2012

Chain interview

My comrade Gary Fry recently tagged me with these interview questions, so here goes:

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

Summer's End - it's a Halloween-themed novella.

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

The research I did on my last non-fiction Halloween book, Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween. I pinned down the source of one of the biggest misconceptions about the holiday - that it was based on a Celtic celebration of "Samhain, Lord of Death" - and then thought, Now, what if that was the truth and we've really been wrong all along?

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Insane postmodernist horror pseudo-autobiography.

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

Well, considering that the protagonist is a middle-aged Halloween expert named Lisa Morton...I would sound incredibly vain if I suggested anyone.

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

A Halloween expert discovers that our understanding of the holiday is completely wrong, that magic is real, and that the world is about to change...

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

Neither. It will be published by JournalStone, but my agent didn't set up the deal.

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

I'm not sure yet, since it's not finished! Also, it's been written in fits and starts over the last six months, as I've wrestled with dozens of other deadlines.

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

Ummm....I can't think of anything. That's probably not good.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

An 18th-century British surveyor named Charles Vallancey.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

It's an odd mix of Halloween fact and fiction, and I hope readers will begin to wonder, as they read it, where one ends and the other begins.