Next Big Thing 2012

Here’s the idea, I was invited by Lee Mather to answer these 10 questions about one of my current works-in-progress and then tag a few other interesting authors I know that have done the same, to create a digital conga line of amazingness to make your readerly bits quiver in anticipation of all the new, nifty and exciting work coming out soon.

So, here we go

What is your working title of your book?

PRIMORDIAL: a creature feature

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I love old movies, always have. I also really enjoy B-movies (specifically those of the 50’s 70’s and 80’s). Quite often such films were horror, or a blend of science-fiction and horror. But they always had a creature in them; a man in a rubber suit or some equally awful thing, but I’d still much my popcorn with a big goofy grin, lapping up the cheesy dialogue.

Basically Primordial is my tribute to the adventure B-movie monster shlock of the 20th century.

I wanted to have it fast paced and relatively short (after all I doubt even I would read through 200+ pages of cheesy monster story).

An odd thing happened while writing it though…it got a lot darker and stranger than the original subject matter. Which is, in my mind at least, a bonus.


What genre does your book fall under?
You mean there’s no Creature Feature genre? I’d have to say adventure/horror, but horror only in the sense of creepy slimy beasties.


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

This is always a tricky one for me as I don’t tend to picture real people as my characters. In my mind they are entirely themselves, they don’t look like anyone I’ve seen.

Though, I do think Nathan Fillion would be great as the rugged, bearded hero Carter. Emma Stone or Lizzie Brochere might make a good Dr. Harding. But I definitely think Ray Stevenson would be great as the mercenary Keller.

I suppose I’d prefer relatively unknown actors to play the characters, that way they are those characters in the viewers mind rather than someone playing that character.

If you see what I mean.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Trapped in the jungle with giant creepy crawlies!

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Due to its length and general tongue-in-cheekness I’ll be publishing this title myself.

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

Just shy of two months, though I took a little bit of a break before tackling the ending. I knew what was going to happen but I had other projects that needed my attention. The editing and subsequent drafts took significantly longer.

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

That’s a tough one. Primordial is so between genres that comparing it is difficult. I suppose it is Adventure Pulp and a Monster Story, with an extra helping of cheese, all at once. Hence in that vein it’s similar to work like Guy N. Smith’s Night of the Crabs. One of my test-readers likened Primordial to Michael Crichton’s CONGO. Primordial has more elements from film than literature to be honest; Creature from the Black Lagoon was certainly on my mind while writing this. As were the old Hammer horror films. Also the likes of Slither, Relic, THEM!, Day of the Triffids, The Thing from another World and even Anaconda.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Other than my love of B-rate monster movies, this book was inspired by the stories of William Miekle and Guy N. Smith both of whom have written many monster and creature orientated novels and novellas.

Though, be clear, I wasn’t emulating their style when writing Primordial, it’s very much my own voice. An experiment, true, but all me.


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

You need more that a tropical hell-hole miles from civilisation filled with overgrown insects and creatures all hungry for human flesh?

Well, when I started writing Primordial I was committed to pace, keep things happening constantly, don’t let the reader get bored. I wanted to take the same material that might go into a longer novel length work and condense it down into a much tighter, faster flowing story, yet still maintaining content.

Hopefully I’ve succeeded. I certainly enjoyed the break in style. In my mind, story aside, the experiment in how the story is told will definitely be leading me to doing more stories in the same vein.

Who knows, maybe even Primordial 2?

Certainly fits with the B-movie theme.

PRIMORDIAL is set for release December 2012/January 2013

Here are a few other author’s (and links to their blogs) I know and admire for you to keep your eyes on. Mark my words, they are authors to watch.

Joan De La Haye

Icy Sedgwick

Austin Malone

Lee Mather