The Next Big Thing

Last Wednesday I was tagged by Jimmy Callaway in the Next Big Thing meme, or chain letter, if you prefer. Here’s my contribution:

1. What is the working title of you current/next project? Slick Texas Money
2. Where did the idea come from? The main character, Clement, was from a short story by the same title published in early 2012 on the Beat To A Pulp website. The events in that story are a small part of a much larger story that I wanted to tell.
3. What genre does your book fall under? Hardboiled Midwestern P.I. Novel.
4. Which actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Mark Duplass (a.k.a. “Pete” from The League) as Clement.
Vincent Devoux, a.k.a. Gawtti, a.k.a. King Folsom (a.k.a. “Skinny Pete” from The Italian Job) as Phil.
Abbie Cornish (a.k.a. “Lindy” from Limitless, and “Fanny Brawne” from Bright Star) as Rachel, a.k.a. “Delilah.”
Bruce McGill (a.k.a. “D-Day” from Animal House) as Daniel Bradford, a.k.a. “Uncle.”
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? At 36, Clement Bradford, a.k.a. “Slick,” a private security consultant and former Dallas cop, is about to secure his own place as the youngest board member of Conner-Gray Security corporation, but when his B-movie actress girlfriend goes missing and he receives not-so-subtle hints to back away from the board-room table, he has a choice to make: bow his head, call it a day, and maybe get her back; or take up arms, use his company’s resources (legal and otherwise), and take back what belongs to him.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I am represented by Stacia Decker at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft? Still working on the first draft. I’ve written more notes and done more research for this one than several other projects, though. Seems I’m fussier with this first draft.
8. Which other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Books by Chandler, Thompson, their flavor found its way in. Also some Highsmith, as usual.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? I liked this character enough that his story kept building in my mind after I finished the first short story. As for inspiration, every Brian De Palma and Michael Mann movie I’ve seen.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? I love writing characters that wrestle with consequences of their actions. Solving problems, for them, becomes complicated, because each solution creates another problem which could mean their end. Knowing this, they must enter a minefield and walk through with no map. This book has several characters facing these challenges.

For next week, I’m tagging:

Chris F. Holm
Bryon Quertermous
Andrew Paul Thompson

Fourth of July Fun

Here’s something I like to do on the 4th of July. The voice in the background is my wife, Marie. Sorry if the wind interferes with the sound, but after all, it is Nebraska.