The following is for a blog hop today about current writing projects. I’m actually juggling a couple of balls in the air (what author isn’t?) so I’ll go with my main project:
What’s the working title of your book?
Where did the idea for it come from?
There was a case a few years ago in Indiana where a wealthy owner of a store chain killed his family. It was like he thought his money would let him get away with it. So I got to thinking; how could he get away with it? That then took me to a different place, of revenge taking the place of justice.
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a combo of thriller and police procedural.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The main characters are Det. Sgt. Joshua Carling and Assistant M.E. Bette Donnelly. For Carling, I could see Edward Norton playing the role, with Rachel Weisz as Donnelly. Their antagonist is a hired killer who calls himself Judge. I’d love to see Jeremy Renner do that role.
What’s the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Police Detective Joshua Carling must stop a hired killer from exacting a personal revenge – revenge that puts the woman Carling loves in the killer’s crosshairs.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I want to go the traditional publishing route. This is actually the sequel to a novel I’m marketing now. If that route doesn’t open up, then I’ll consider self-publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft was done in about 6 months. I was writing part-time while working full-time in a call center. Recently, though, I’ve been concentrating full-time on my writing.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I love the books of Michael Connelly and John Sandford. Carling is younger and less jaded than Harry Bosch or Lucas Davenport – he had at one time planned on becoming a minister – but overall the style could be compared with those authors.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’d finished the manuscript of my first novel, The Sword of the Angel, and then I put it aside and went right into writing this book. I wanted to know that I had more than one book in me even before I got that book published. I’ve started outlining the next book in the series and know the basic plot for the fourth, so I’ve more than answered that question.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Part of the book relates to the “War on Terror” that has led to extra-judicial actions – prisoner torture, assassinations, and incarceration of suspects without trial. In the famous Pogo cartoon by Walt Kelly, he paraphrases Cmdr. Perry’s famous dispatch: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Judge is a product of that war, but now he utilizes the skills he learned for the highest bidder. What do you do when the cure you’ve used becomes more deadly than the disease you were fighting?
(I wasn’t able to confirm further participants, so if you are hopping around please hop back to Sarah’s blog and follow another path.)