Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tag! You're it! Interview

Another fantastic GUTGAA member tagged me with this interview.  Thanks Lindsey!

What is the working title of your book?
Tearing the Shroud is the current incarnation.  It started life as Tearing the Veil, but I felt the images associated with “Shroud” work better. Hopefully, it will be a keeper.
Where did the idea com from for the book?
In many religious writings, there are references to someone seeing a reality alongside our own.  The Bible mentions it in 2 Kings 6:17.  In that moment, they didn't see into "heaven", but something here on earth, just out of normal perception.  It's not a unique concept, but I've approached how that other world works and interacts with ours in a fresh and entertaining way.

What genre does your book fall under?
Adult Paranormal seems to fit best.  The characters are college age, there is sorcery, and unusual things take place here, so I suppose it could slip into Urban Fantasy fairly well too.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
My story has two male MC’s, for Vincent I think Robbie Amell would work and for Coleman Alex Pettyfer strikes the right chord.  For Jule, that’s a tough one.  In The Flying Scotsman, there is a scene where a minister is talking to the cyclist and a picture is shown of his deceased wife.  Whoever she was it caused me to pause the movie and say “Oh my gosh, that’s Jule!”  Besides her, perhaps Italia RicciLeighton Meester or some undiscovered actress with a cute tooth. (you’ll have to read the book).   

 Who is this woman from The Flying Scotsman?

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book? 
Vincent has visions about someone who will tear the shroud of our reality and with the help of a warrior from another realm of being named Coleman and Vincent's friends, he tries to stop him.

Will your book be self-published or represented by and agent?
I'm going the traditional route and will pair with an agent.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About twenty-three years and six months.  Yes, I’m serious.  Twenty-three or so years ago, I wrote the first thirty pages.  Life intervened, and those pages sat in a notebook at the back of my desk drawer.  I moved it from desk to desk and we moved a lot so I’m really surprised it survived.  In mid 2011 I opened it, re-read those pages and thought, “I think there’s still a story here.”  I finished the first draft about six months later.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
The book is set in 1984, so get out your tight jeans and pop in a CD of The Cure.  There are strong love stories woven throughout and, cue dramatic music, someone important dies!  The plot is intricate, but its an easy novel to read.  In my "real job" I work at changing people's perceptions of themselves and where they stand in the grand scheme of things.  Here I just wanted them to enjoy a fun story.  So, relax, read, and have fun!

Now, let's see.  I'll tag... 



  1. OMG that is EXACTLY how I pictured Julie! I must find out who she is now. If I do, I'll let you know ;) Very cool to learn about your inspiration after reading the actual work. Now it is making even more sense! Best of luck! And I'm glad we became CPs. I actually already did the #GUTGAA tag so check out my blog to read my responses :)

    1. Beat me to the Tag hmmm? Nice! I'll go give it a read. I'm glad the mental image of her came through in the story.

  2. Sounds great! I'm excited that it's set in the 80's, what a fun decade to write! Does that make me sound old?
    Also wow, is Amy one of your new CP's? I know Amy :)

    1. Thanks! Old? Never! Fifty is the new thirty, thats my story and I'm stickin' to it.

      I have this itchy suspicion that the 80's era might be a gold mine. The people that were in college then are now at a point in life where they look back fondly at that time. We will see.

      Amy is a GREAT Crit partner, and a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by, come visit again.

  3. I loved, loved, loved your choices for Vincent, Coleman and Jule. They're perfect! And if I ever find out who that girl is, I'll definitely let you know!

    I'm so glad you decided to do the tag interview. So much fun.