Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Next Big Thing - My Turn

With Apologies to Vic Watson for dropping her baton earlier in the year, I was tagged again by the uber talented Zoe Sharp

Here's my go at it.

What is the working title of your book?
The Ironmonger’s Error

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It came from wanting to write a novel about a detective who was a throwback to the old days trying to survive in a modern police environment. I also wanted to write a novel which has a detective investigating the fringes of a case which is much more serious than he realises.

What genre does your book fall under?
It is a crime thriller with overtones of suspense.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ideally George Clooney and Brad Pitt would play the two main leads but I’d settle for Jedward if the producer’s cheque was fat enough.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Two respectable parents are forced into a life of crime to raise the ransom for their children’s release.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Hopefully I can get a publishing deal in the traditional manner. One agent has already looked at it and given me advice on what I would need to change. Another agent has asked to see it.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took two years of very on-off writing.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That’s a tough one as I have tried very hard to be original. I cannot think of another book which is similar but I’m sure there is one out there. Perhaps the TV show Life on Mars but in reverse as my lead character is very abrasive and not at all politically correct.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
All the author’s I’ve ever read had a hand in me writing this novel, but on a personal level it has been Col Bury who has kicked my backside and got me pounding the keyboard on a regular basis.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It starts off as a kind of police procedural with the police being unaware of the kidnapping and the lead detective facing an unwanted retirement. When they find out about the kidnapping roughly halfway through the book the story takes on a different complexion as the lead character moves heaven and earth to rescue the two children.

As most people I know have already been involved in this meme or whatever it’s called I’m gonna tag five eBooks I’ve read this year as a cunning twist / easy get out. I'll let you decide which.

Manchester 6 by Col Bury
Cracking dialogue with a wonderfully gritty feel throughout. 

From a Crowded Mind by David Barber
A sense of place so acute I nearly cut myself reading it.


The Village Idiot Reviews by Pete Sortwell
A great premise brilliantly executed.

The Blues Detective by Andrew Peters
A new twist on the American gumshoe stories which makes for lighter and easier reading

Across the Broken Line by Zoë Sharp
A Charlie Fox short story with a fractured timeline that keeps you guessing all the way through.


A late addition to my list is LinkedIn friend Sarah Baethge who will be posting her NBT here on the 10th of December

1 comment:

  1. Great shouts here, Graham. Ta very much for the mention, mate.

    Harry Charters has the possibility for longevity, and The Ironmonger's Error sounds intriguing.

    Keep up the good work, and let's see what 2013 holds...