I was tagged for this by the lovely Catherine, who is aiming to get her own WIP novel done in time to start Nano afresh – good luck Cat! There were plenty of projects I could’ve mentioned here – I’m a serial project-starter – but this one is particularly important to me.
I’ve been feeling a bit lacklustre about writing lately, particularly this novel, so it was great to have an excuse to start talking about it and get all revved up again. I’m hoping to get a good chunk of rewriting done this weekend!
1. WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR BOOK/WIP?
The original working title of the book is The Piccadilly Line but I’m currently rewriting and the focus of the novel has shifted dramatically. I suspect the title will need careful reconsideration!
2. WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR THE WIP COME FROM?
It started as a writing exercise, the words ‘Dennis’ and ‘Piccadilly Line’ donated by a friend to help get me started. The story began as a casual hook up between two strangers, but the characters ran away with me and it slowly developed into something much bigger.
3. WHAT GENRE WOULD YOUR WIP FALL UNDER?
I’m aiming for a kind of mystery/thriller with a big slab of erotic romance on the side. Ask me again when I’m further through the rewrite!
4. WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION?
Dennis was always Simon Baker from the Mentalist in my head. As for Torin, he’s still a bit of a mystery. I’d know him if I saw him, but I guess I just haven’t yet! If you spot a short skinny guy with a bad haircut and big grey puppy eyes, that’s Torin.
5. WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR WIP?
An aspiring journalist meets an enigmatic older man; meanwhile he investigates the dormant case of a mysterious conman.
6. IS YOUR WIP PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED?
Neither 😀 But I’m hoping to self-publish it around the start of February. I also hope to publish a short prequel story which will be free, and will act as a teaser for the novel!
7. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE?
I wrote the first draft in a couple of months back in 2009. It’s been sitting around on my hard drive ever since, and I recently decided it’s high time to dust it off and make it into a real book.
8. WHAT OTHER WIP’S WITHIN YOUR GENRE WOULD YOU COMPARE IT TO?
I’d like to think I’ll achieve some of the tension you get from Patricia Highsmith, particularly the Ripley novels, or Strangers on a Train.
9. WHICH AUTHORS INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS WIP?
At the time I started writing it I suspect I’d read a lot of romance and gay interest stories and my story started out as self-indulgence really, something to amuse my friends. It was also the first original novel I’d written so it was a big experiment for me.
Now that I’m coming to rewrite it, there’s a lot more thought going into the plot and structure, as well as the kind of things that influence my writing and other works the story references. I mentioned Patricia Highsmith, whose writing is definitely having a big influence on the style of my second draft.
10. TELL US ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT PIQUE OUR INTEREST IN THIS PROJECT.
As I mentioned, there should be a prequel out for free download before Christmas. If all goes to plan, the novel will follow in February. I’ve got all sorts of exciting plans in store for the release of the novel; including competitions, videos, readings and more 😀
Bearing in mind this is still in rough draft stages and subject to change! Here’s a quick excerpt:
Dennis didn’t believe in mixed signals.
“Just so we’re clear,” he said, coming back from the bar with a cider for Torin and a large glass of red, “I’m gay, and hoping you are too.”
Torin nearly choked on his first sip. “That obvious?”