A current meme spreading through the world of crime writers is a set of questions regarding the writer’s “next big thing.” In this instance, I’m taking said thing to be Broken Glass Waltzes, for which my publisher is currently seeking blurbs. In any case…
1) What is the title of your book? Broken Glass Waltzes.
2) Where did the idea come from? I was driving around Lexington, KY one night, listening to the Misfits, when a murder scene popped into my head. I went home and wrote it, and then had to write nine chapters to get there. I then wrote the next ten chapters to wrap things up.
3) What genre does your book fall under? Contemporary noir/erotic thriller.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in
a movie rendition? Ideally? A young Robert Mitchum and Sherilyn Fenn. These days, perhaps Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kat Dennings.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Sex, violence, insanity and rock and roll.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Published by Snubnose — no agent involved.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft? Two years, off and on (mostly off).
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Not specific books so much as authors – I described BGW as Jim Thompson meeting Soundgarden, or James M. Cain with a metal beat. I was shooting for that Thompsonian sense of frantic, spiraling doom in a world with which I was familiar, having played drums in bar bands and would-be bar bands since I was in my teens.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book? Well, as I mentioned, the proximate inspiration was the Misfits’ version of “Die, Die, My Darling.” The world is one I knew from my own time in bar bands in Lexington and Cincinnati. Kenny (the first-person narrator) is someone I might have been if I were more daring/less repressed, I guess. Jean is bits and pieces of girls I knew from college and the music scene, and a lot that’s just her.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister fame) told me he liked the book, and said that it “showed a real rock and roll lifestyle – though fortunately, not [his].” More personally, I wrote it with the attitude I’ve always taken when I play music: Mean every note you play, and play ferociously – even when you play quietly. If you like old school intensity in the new school world, I hope this may be what you’re looking for.
Hope that whets everyone’s appetites!