|The Next Big
||[Dec. 12th, 2012|11:04 am]
So, this thing is going around. shadesong tagged me. It's for writers, about their next book:|
1) What is the working title of your next book?
Love is the Law
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Like many people, I am under intense pressure to write a YA novel. My agent likes $800 handbags as much as anybody else, after all. So, some months ago, after another phonecall in which I was told that I needed to write a YA novel, I said, "Okay, here's an idea. How about Harriet the Spy. As an older teen, in 1989. But she's...a punk rocker. And a Trotskyist. And a follower of Aleister Crowley, which she realizes doesn't even make sense but it's all about antinomian praxis. So her magical mentor, whose cock she sucks every time they meet in exchange for magickal secrets, seemingly shoots himself in the head when the East Germans start flooding out of the newly opened Berlin Wall, but she realizes that it was a murder and not a suicide and decides to track down the killer. Is that a good YA novel?"
Anyway, my agent didn't say anything—literally, she was entirely silent—but I tweeted about the conversation afterward and then the editor of The Damned Highway over at Dark Horse tweeted back that she'd read the hell out of that book if I wrote it. So I wrote the first 1000 words that afternoon.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Noir, with a soupçon of the supernatural.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm. How about Alison Pill as the protagonist, Paul Giamatti as the mentor, Peter Coyote as the protagonist's father, and the creepy old lady from Donnie Darko as the creepy old grandmother.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A Communist Crowleyite punk rock girl looks for the murderer of her magical mentor and finds the hidden truth about small town Long Island in 1989, in the shadow of the epoch-changing collapse of the Berlin Wall. (PS: nobody ever asks for a one-sentence synopsis of one's book, outside of non-readers and other writers who just want to talk about their own books at length.)
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
What a silly question, as there is a large excluded middle there.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Well, it came in hunks:
First 1000 words: one hour.
1000-6000: twenty hours.
6000-20,000: five weeks.
20-40,000: three months of wasting my time on the Facebook Avengers game every night, and then six weeks of writing.
40,000-41,000: one week.
41,000-51,000: one day.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Harriet the Spy? The Course of the Heart? A Dark Matter? The Secret History? Goodbye Lenin (a movie, but still...) All of those?
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Someone with the power to buy it saying that they might.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
There is nothing of interest to anyone but me in the book. So if you're interested in me...
I've been carrying around an idea for a horror short story featuring Aleister Crowley's cock for ages now, so this would be right up my alley.
Seconding the desire to read the hell out of that book.
Ever read Alan Moore and J. H. Williams III's Promethea?
Part of Sophie Bangs(!) initiation into Crowley-influenced magic-shit is fucking her pudgy old sleeze-bag mentor.
I haven't, but that sounds very Moore-ish.
...Paul Giamatti?! Nice, but ... woah.
This sounds fantastic (and it also sounds like something I would've loved when I was a teenager).
I hope you're not joking because I would read the fuck out of this.
No joke. Handed it in in late October, got the editorial letter last week, will make fixes over Christmas, and the book should be out in October.
You and James Patterson, man. You always aim for the masses.
I would also buy that book instantly. It sounds like my own teenage years, except I was the Trot and my friend was the punk Aleister Crowley groupie, though she DID go to a Young Socialist Alliance conference with me, so... I would buy this book and then I would buy a copy for her!
Why in the world would anybody ever suggest you write a YA novel? It's like telling a puma to raise baby chickens. :)
Man, I knew I would read the fuck out of this book the moment you dropped the title months ago. "Love is the Law!" Damn. Who could resist it w/ a title like that?!?! A quick read through Moore's Promethea would be instructive/helpful, I think. Can't wait for October!
So that's how you rocketed past me in levels on the Avengers game.