Category: Interviews

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

Interview with Steve Weddle of Do Some Damage

“What I like about this type of character is that it’s a kind of day-pass into a world without the constraint of conscience.  You get the experience of doing lots of bad things, and don’t have to feel guilt over it.  And then you get to come back from it.”

The entire interview is available at the Do Some Damage website!

WYSO Radio Interview

Earlier this month I gave a radio interview with Vick Mickunas at 91.3 WYSO in Miami. Here is an excerpt from that interview:

Jerry is a corrupt cop and a stone cold killer. He still lives with his grandmother. Jerry’s girlfriend is a doctor. She has no idea that Jerry is living this double life as a law enforcer and a law breaker. You see, Jerry is a highly functioning sociopath.

And the author performs an incredible feat in this book; he makes us sympathize with Jerry. In Wheeler’s story this strange damaged character becomes almost lovable.”

You can LISTEN to the entire interview at wyso.org.

My Bookish Ways Interview

[The Wowzer features] a “lighthearted, murdering protagonist.”

He has no overarching sense of Justice, or Right and Wrong, he only knows that he must be aware of these things because they are important to others. Really, he just wants to enjoy himself, make a little money, get in some good bowling, keep close to his girlfriend, and not rock the boat. If that means murdering some folks here and there to keep his little world safe, well, no sense crying over spilled milk, right?

You can read the entire interview over at the My Bookish Ways website.

His Monster’s Voice: Frank Wheeler Jr. Hunts Down “The Wowzer”

In May I was asked to write a guest article for the Kindle Daily Post.

Here is an excerpt from that interview:

I first met Jerry, the main character in The Wowzer, while I was writing a different novel. I couldn’t get his voice out of my head. Without knowing it, I’d mimicked the storytelling style of my great-uncles from Arkansas and Oklahoma.

You can read the entire interview HERE at kindlepost.com.

Interview with Shotgun Honey

How’d you get the gun?
a shotgun honey interview with Frank Wheeler, Jr.

I sat down for an interview in early May with shotgunhoney.net. Here is a snippet from that interview:

“That was important, making Jerry a believable monster. He needed to seem like a guy you’d want to have on your bowling team. But only because of what you don’t know about him.”

You can read the entire interview HERE at shotgunhoney.net.