I’ve been asked by my friend Beth Barnay to take part in a blog meme called “The Next Big Thing.” I chose to do it on my finished novel A Beast in Venice. I've been killing myself working on the query letter with the hope of finding an agent. Here goes:
What is the working title of your next book?
A Beast in Venice
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to get an agent and publish it through a traditional publisher.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Part of the inspiration came from my own experiences as an expat living in Venice. But I thought that it should also include an element relating to Venice at night, which can be very spooky. Then I read an article about archaeologists finding a skull in an old cemetery near Venice with a brick in its mouth. This was done to stop the corpse from eating through its burial shroud and eating the other corpses, allowing it to rise from the dead as a vampire. My story is not about vampires, but I took the idea of the “shroud eater,” and bastardized it, if you will.
What genre does your book fall under?
Literary, with elements of horror.
How long does it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It usually takes several months to a year.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don’t know any, it’s unique. I would like to be compared to a cross between Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, and Nick Cave.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Brigham (protag) - Gary Oldman; Charles (antag) - Michael Caine; Rose (Brigham's wife) - Isabella Rossellini; Gloria (the temptress) -Valeria Golino; Lorenzo (a decent bad guy) - Danny Trejo.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I've always toyed with the idea of being a writer. Now I have the time, and hope to develop a vocation I can do sitting in a chair.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It talks a lot about art, and the state of modern art. Also, there's a lot of symbolism, if one cares about such things.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Brigham Stone’s dream of living in Venice as an artist turns into a bloody ruin when he is converted to a ghoul.