I’m a day late with my post this week; so without further ado, and since author friend Juliette Wade tagged me for this, here we go:
1. What is the title of your book?
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The core idea, a variant on the ‘old debt/unfinished business from the past’ theme, had been knocking around in my head for a long while. At some point it collided with speculation on the greying of the 1960s hippie/flower power generation—of which I’m one—and the three decades-long tragedy of Afghanistan, and a book was born.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
It’s pretty much a mainstream ‘buddy caper’/thriller with elements of the police procedural, a dash of high tech, and just a shimmer of the fantastic around the edges.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Gosh, that’s hard. I’ll throw out a few options in case some of them are too booked up.
Hugh Laurie, Jeremy Irons, or Ralph Fiennes would all be just perfect as Billy Sutherland. For his buddy Christian, I’d have to go with Robert de Niro, or possibly Robin Williams. For Carol, Christian’s wife, Jennifer Connelly, Nicole Kidman, or Gwyneth Paltrow, though they’d all need to put on a few years.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
Two old friends set off on an insanely dangerous and ill-advised last hurrah which will probably cost them both their freedom, and very likely their lives.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’ll be indie published—which is different to self-published—through my own small press, Panverse Publishing, as one of six Panverse titles planned for 2013. Sutherland’s Rules is currently scheduled for release on January 29th.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I spent about a month spinning my wheels—let’s call it outlining to be kind—then banged the first draft out in four months.
8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
I don’t think there’s anything quite like this one. The early Saint books by Leslie Charteris may have some similarities, but I think this one’s a full custom job.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My subconscious made me do it.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This is a book about freedom (both societal and individual), honour, loyalty, and mortality. I like to think of it as an intelligent thriller; my beta readers say it’s also a page-turner. The characters are both quirky and older than is typical for the genre, and they don’t stay still for long as events move from New York to London, Afghanistan, and Holland. There’s action and humour as well as some serious questioning of where we’re headed as a society.
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.
My friend and colleague Juliette Wade tagged my on her own fine blog. In turn, I deem that the fickle finger of fate shall now point squarely at Emily Sandoval, T.L. Morganfield, Bonnie Randall, and Janice Hardy, all of who I know to be in the process of committing novel.