The Next Big Thing: Till Death

Like my predecessor, I also confess to being very bad. I was tagged by the up and coming uber talented writer Mark Souza  author of the Futuristic Thriller Robyn’s Egg to make a post for The Next Big Thing, where authors answer questions about their next book underway. I was supposed to post on Wednesday. Things got hectic, and here it is Friday. Better late than never.

1. What is the working title of your book?

Till Death

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

That’s a tough one to answer. The idea has been rolling around in my mind for some time. Till Death is the first of a series, so it sets the stage for many stories to come. I enjoy continuing characters in books. When it comes to watching TV, I love ensemble casts that feed off each other. I suppose the idea for the book first sprang from wanting to create a strong female protagonist, different from the other female cops already out there. Sam is not your typical detective. She doesn’t drink too much, she isn’t commitment phobic, often leads with her instincts, and enjoyed a successful career as a psychologist until a family tragedy forced her to take stock of her life and make a career change. She’s tough, vulnerable, elegant, loyal, sexy, and regrettably human. I needed her to have strong, supporting characters unique enough to draw readers into their stories as well. Sam Black is the lead character, but the story belongs to Sam, her family and the detectives of the eighteenth precinct. Because this is the first book of a series, Till Death is a character driven story. It is definitely a psychological thriller with plenty of suspense, fast pacing, chilling twists, and mind numbing reveals, but it touches on the cores of human emotions, love, hate, vengeance, fear, loss, triumph, and defeat.

 3. What genre does your book fall under?

Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Mystery

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This required a lot of thought, but I think I finally nailed it. I’ve pegged Kate Hudson as Detective Sam Black, Matt Bomer as her playboy cop partner Alec Winters, Julia Stiles as Nikki Fletcher, a cop with a disturbing past, George Clooney as wine guzzling, skirt chasing, Sam hating, Detective Jay Lombardo, John Stamos as chilling, cunning, charismatic FBI agent Greer Tyler, but that’s just a taste. For fun I put together a cast list featuring all my characters and short bio’s for them. Click the link below to take a peek.

http://pinterest.com/lorig2008/dream-cast-of-till-death/

 5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A grisly serial killer targets men on Chicago’s Gold Cost.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

So may choices! You forgot to add small presses. I have a little way to go before I decide. I still need to get the book into the hands of more beta readers and an editor. I’ll make the final decision within the next few weeks.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It’s taken around a  year for the first draft but during that time I was doing final edits for State of Panic and I took a break to write two novella’s. I’m 97% done with Till Death.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I wouldn’t compare. Every author tells a story in a unique way, and it’s impossible for me to compare Till Death with other novels. It’s not like Sue Grafton’s alphabet novels, I have an ensemble cast of characters, Sam Black isn’t  lone wolf. It’s not like Julie Garwood because she leans towards romance. There are male/female relationships in the book and some underlying romance, but just like in real life. romance doesn’t dominate the characters lives. I don’t want to completely cop out on the question though, so I asked a couple of beta readers whose work they think the book is similar to, and they compared it to novels written in a similar style by Tami Hoag, Erica Spindler and Sandra Brown and P.J. Parrish.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I hope my answer doesn’t come across as corny, but the answer is my mom. My earliest memories are of prowling through bookstores with her. All her life she’s been a passionate reader, a trait she passed down to me. Her health hasn’t been good the last few years, she started me down this path, so I would love to give her the gift of a writing a book that makes her proud.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The characters lives, trauma’s, relationships, and the crimes they solve are intricately woven together so that what touches one of them, touches them all. Their stories are ongoing… In Till Death you’ll get grit, glitz, glamour, seduction, touches of BDSM gone bad, a sensational setting, and a story whose ending I dare you to figure out.

Tag, You’re It (Next Week’s “Next Big Thing” authors)

Hop on over to their blogs and see what they’re up to!

Heidi Sutherland  

Lori J. Gordon    (fellow author and friend I met as a result of sharing the same name).

Douglas Wickard  

Carol Ward  

Anshuman Das

Cynthia Meyers-Hanson

Rules

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) ***

Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them, and link back to this page. It’s that simple.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

  1. What is the working title of your book?
  2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
  3. What genre does your book fall under?
  4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
  5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
  6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
  7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
  8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
  9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
  10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
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About Lori Gordon

Lori Gordon has created stories since childhood and has the notebooks to prove it! In recent years she’s written paranormal, science fiction, a family novella, and thrillers. She has had short stories published in a variety of anthologies. When fate dealt her an unexpected twist and Lori found herself among the millions of unemployed, she decided it was now or never and wrote her debut thriller State of Panic. She is currently working at work on her second novel featuring Detective Andi Lawson, which will be released in early 2012. She enjoys writing unique, multi layered characters, and loves to both read and write character driven stories. Lori has taken turns in sales, as a marketing executive and entrepreneur and is now focusing on her writing. She lives in Chicago and in her spare time loves to garden and spend time with her pets.
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