The Next Big Thing

This week, I participate in a little thing wandering around various writerly circles where we discuss what we’re working on.

1) What is the title of your next book/work?

City of Devils

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


3) What genre does your book/work fall under?

Comedy noir. There are some horror elements, since most of the characters are monsters of one kind or another.

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

Charlie Day in the lead role of P.I. Nick Moss, with Emma Stone as the witch Hexene Candlemas, and the voice of Christopher McDonald as Mayor Oculon. And then a lot of work for Jim Henson’s creature shop.

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

Private eye Nick Moss is one of the last humans left in Los Angeles, as long as his new case — finding a missing mummy city councilman — doesn’t kill him.

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

I’m hoping to find a willing small publisher.

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

Around two months.

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

It’s a lot like Mr Blank, my other comedy noir.

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

The movie Cast a Deadly Spell is probably the core inspiration. I also wanted to write something funny after writing two horror novels and a paranormal thing that might as well be horror, but I was still in a monster frame of mind.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader¹s interest?

Imagine an alternate history Los Angeles sometime in the 1950s where everyone is a monster. The cops are werewolves, the politicians are mummies, the musicians are phantoms. And now try to imagine it’s funny.

Matt Adams, author of I, Crimsonstreak tagged me. Find him over at his website and follow him on twitter.

I was supposed to tag five other writers, but no one was interested, and let’s be honest, I’m not going to try that hard. So I tagged one person. Fortunately, she’s got the personality of ten people, so the way I look at it, I’m ahead two to one.

She is Kate Marie Collins, author of Daughter of Hauk, and proud native of Walla Walla, Washington (a town for which I have a great deal of fondness for… well, one reason. But a pretty important one.) Check out her website, and follow her like a puppy.

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