Will your work in progress become the NEXT BIG THING?
Jared Axelrod, the genius content creator behind THE BATTLE OF BLOOD AND INK, has tagged me in this deliciously self-promotional blog post series. You can read his post here.
Now, I’m a writer, but I have yet to have anything published. (Unless you count the Parsec Award-winning podcast Supervillain Corner.) So, my WIP may take a while before it truly become the next big thing. But it will! Read on and let me know if you agree.
What is your working title of your book?
The Second Man
Where did the idea come from for the book?
This novel’s genesis was formed from the minds of two creators: myself and the incredibly talented J.R. Blackwell.
Being an overweight individual, I had been playing around the idea of a fat espionage agent. I feel that it is in part a natural step in evolution from le Carre’s George Smiley. Smiley is a simple, unassuming man who is one of the greatest spymasters in fiction. Casting an overweight person in the role of spy just makes sense. Who would suspect the chubby guy to be a trained operative?
When I told this idea to J.R., she mentioned that she had been toying with the idea of a ‘second man’…a spy who acts as the unseen back-up to the James Bond-ish ‘first man’. J.R. realized, and she’s right, that in many ways James Bond is not a good spy. A good action hero, definitely. But very little of what Bond does is subtle. So she came up with the concept of an actual expert spy who has the job to make sure Bond’s missions succeed while remaining hidden in the background.
With J.R.’s blessing I have combined the two concepts and am running with it.
What genre does your book fall under?
I believe the technical term is spy-fi. Spy fiction with just a touch of science fiction to flavor it up.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is a very difficult question for me. Mostly because nearly every character has been cast in my mind from my family and friends. My wife is Dr. Charbonneau, the equivalent of ‘Q’ from the Bond films. My friend, the incredible stage actor Jerry is the First Man. J.R. Blackwell and Jared Axelrod both have prominent roles as well.
But if I had to choose from existing screen actors, only two actors for two roles jump immediately to mind.
James Corden would be brilliant as the Second Man.
And Stanley Tucci would be perfect as my Stephen Hawking-esque villain, Dr. Wallenheim.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The nation’s greatest super spy is hot on the trail of a cabal kidnapping scientists while his unknown backup, the even better Second Man, makes sure the job is done and done properly.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I don’t know. Ideally I want to be represented by an agency. But if not, I look forward to investigating the option of self-publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m well into the first draft, and provided season 2 of Supervillain Corner doesn’t get in the way, I predict I’ll be done by March.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Probably something like le Carre or Fleming but a bit more American and a fair amount less cerebral. So the George Smiley and James Bond books would be what I’m striving to be like.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
JR Blackwell and this incredible portrait she took of me.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The style I’m writing this story in is highly inspired by the works of Robert B. Parker and Jim Butcher. While this is going to be a super-spy story, I’ve been giving it the flavor of a noir-ish detective tale. Regardless, if you like getting inside the mind of the heroes whether they’re being serious or silly, I think you’ll dig The Second Man.
Now, my victim…er, I mean, the content creator I’m tagging…is author and podcaster Scott Roche. Keep a look out for his post some time next week.
Or next month. Scott doesn’t follow my schedule, but he might just have the next big thing!