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Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Courtesy of Milo James Fowler:
I get to answer the following questions about my current WIP:
1. What is the working title of your next book?
{Image of Victor's Mother done by the genius of Leonora Roy}
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Victor speaks of his time in the Carnival of the Damned
as an aerial act -
the adventure that occurred right before he took that fateful bus to New Orleans.
The acts we think inconsequential send ripples down the years:
Each smallest act of kindness—even just words of hope when they are needed,
reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose loving spirit was the source of this good echo.
I wanted to show how Victor's actions in that dreaded Carnival
sowed seeds that bears both bitter and sweet fruit in his present.
I believe all human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined—
those dead, those living, those generations yet to come—
that the fate of all is the fate of each,
and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.
3. What genre does your book fall under?

Undead Romance/Urban Fantasy
veined with threads of those questions
each of us asks in the dark of the soul which comes to us all.
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Cate Blanchett as the Angel of Death
Ellen Fanning as Alice Wentworth
A teenage Robert Downey, Jr. as Victor Standish
Brad Pitt as DayStar
Tom Selleck (the age of QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER) as Sam McCord.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A damned teenager discovers the only weapons you have
in Hell are the acts of love you did while alive.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Unless HarperCollins Voyager accepts Victor Standish,
this latest adventure of his will be self-published.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I'm only in the fifth chapter of this tale.
I hope to have this done by
the Ides of April.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman
INFERNO by Jerry Pournelle
FEAR NOTHING by Dean Koontz
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Sandra Thrasher, my best friend, who believes in me
and my dream.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
We all have felt it.
I wanted to tell a tale whispering that
when faced with the end of one dream, we must build something new and better in the ashes,
just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope.
 For each of us is a thread crucial to the strength—
to the very endurance of the human tapestry.
Every hour in every life contains such unknown potential 
that the smallest act of kindness
becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

So, who's next?
If any of you reading this would like to take the baton,
write a post answering these questions
about your own WIP.


  1. You do love your Cate!
    When will this one be available?

  2. Alex:
    I am in love with Cate Blanchett I must admit. I am aiming for April 15th (I.R.S. Day) but the novel is taking me dark places where it may take me until May or June to fully write and edit this tale.

    “Even in the darkest night, you can see love's light if you have faith to see it. ” - Victor Standish.

  3. Cate Blanchett is a great actress, loved her as Katharine Hepburn, and in LOTR.

    Enjoyed that excerpt, and your casting for Sam McCord (Tom Selleck is perfect). For Victor, yes, a young Ironman will do fine. (I didn't think of Daystar as looking like Brad Pitt, did I miss something?)

  4. D.G.:
    Cate was excellent as Elizabeth the Queen in both movies, too. But then, I'm prejudiced! :-)

    I was thinking Hollywood studio-thinking when casting for DayStar. I always hear Anthony Hopkins when I hear DayStar speaking. So I think you are right: Hugo Weaving might be a better choice.

    Have a great Doomsday eve, Roland

  5. Hi Roland .. I'm looking forward to reading your books .. and so the new one will be there for me too ..

    I had to look up Ellen Fanning - but fine .. looks like good choice there .... the idea of Tom Selleck's face fitting works .. while Cate Blanchett - can't fail ..

    Victor .. I can't comment ..

    Cheers and happy writing in 2013 - Hilary