What is the working title of your book?
FAMISHED: THE COMMONS.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is a sequel to my first novel, FAMISHED: THE FARM. In this book we’ll see the protagonist, Gordon Velander, travel to other locations where the Gentlemen Ghouls congregate – specifically, New England. The storyline itself was inspired by
What genre does your book fall under?
We are billing FAMISHED as a horror series, though it’s been called a Dark Thriller by several reviewers as well.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That’s a tough question. As an actor myself the temptation is strong to pull a Clint Eastwood and cast myself … but I’ll avoid that for purposes of this exercise.
- Gordon Velander needs to portray youth, uncertainty, and a growing strength. If Billy Boyd wanted to do horror I think he’d be a good fit.
- Jacob needs both authority and world-weariness. I like Stellan Skarsgard for the role.
- The Voice of Orobias needs a sweet and sinister lilt to it, the kind I would hear from Alan Rickman if he could be bumped up a few tones into the tenor range.
- Carreau needs charisma, menace, and a tightly wound energy. Benedict Cummerbatch is almost a joke cast at this point of his popularity, but he’d do it so well.
- Linh is … difficult. I am not as familiar with Korean films as I’d need to be to cast her properly, and wouldn’t want to cast a non-Korean actress, so I’m recusing myself on this one (and checking out some Korean films in five, four, three …)
- Sylvie always struck me as a great role for Jewel Staite – she has the ability to easily blend innocence and intensity.
- For Matt, Adam Beach has always done a fine job as someone both inside and outside the law.
- And Carol Velander needs to be of a certain age that’s difficult to cast in Hollywood, with Juliet Stevenson leaping to mind.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An unwilling host to demonic forces travels to New England to rescue his mother, confront a cannibal cult, and redeem his spirit.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The book is published by the fine people at Apocalypse Ink Productions.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I don’t know. I’m still working on it, but by the end I’d estimate two and a half months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I believe we’re looking at Tiffany Dow’s The Feast, CV Hunt’s How to Kill Yourself, and Robison Wells’ The Variant— though that’s YA in a way FAMISHED can’t be.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My editor, Jenn Brozek, and her continued faith in my work; along with requests from several readers for more information about the magic system of the world and how the various agencies interact.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There were a number of questions at the end of FAMISHED: THE FARM which went unanswered, and those who want to know more about the FAMISHED world will have a lot to say by the end of the book.
Otherwise, if you enjoy conflicted characters, stories of damnation and redemption, and a complex spirit world; then FAMISHED: THE COMMONS will be right up your alley.
None of the authors I tagged have replied at this time; but I’ll definitely keep after them …