I’ve been toying with the idea of posting author interviews on my blog for a while. As luck would have it, I’ve been tagged on Marie Fostino’s blog to take part in the Next Big Thing. This book promotion idea originates from the SheWrites website, but one does not need to be a member to participate.
What follows are my answers to ten interview questions about my forthcoming novel. At the end, you’ll find links to other authors I’ve invited to take part. Have fun going down the rabbit-hole of clicking through the tagged blogs!
Book Tunnel by Petr Kratochvil
What is the working title of your book? My novel will definitely be called Lost Girl Road.
Where did the idea come from for the book? Lost Girl Road takes place in northwest Montana’s Bull River Valley. I grew up spending summers there at my grandpa’s rustic cabin. Years ago, a random image of a lost child wandering the desolate wilderness got stuck in my head. Plus there really is a Lost Girl Road, and such a name seemed destined to become literature.
What genre does your book fall under? Lost Girl Road is shaping-up to be psychological suspense, but I want to stay true to my literary roots.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? The plot of my book alternates back and forth between 1959 and 1987, so the chosen actors would need to be aged accordingly. Addie, the anxiety-ridden grandmother, could be played by Chloe Sevigny. Ned, her alcoholic husband, would be a good fit for Christian Bale. For the part of Vera, the ghost girl, Elle Fanning comes to mind (but only because I am not too familiar with many young actors).
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A July 4th prank leads to a series of shocking and regrettable events when a 13-year-old girl goes missing and her remains are never found.
Fireworks by Anna Langova
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I am going to self-publish Lost Girl Road and simultaneously submit the manuscript to agents. The publishing world is rapidly changing and I intend to find my place in it.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I began the drafting process in January 2012. It’s taken a while to get a handle on the story that wants to be told and I’ve done two fairly substantial re-writes of my material so far. If all goes well, I will have a finished rough draft by the New Year. After that, I can foresee another 3-6 months for further revisions and editing.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? The most readily available comparison with aspects of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Stephen King’s The Shining.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? My maternal grandma and grandpa bickered perpetually, especially about his drinking. I’ve often wondered what forces held them together, so this story tests the boundaries of such a relationship. Drafting Lost Girl Road is allowing me to explore how self-destructive tendencies ruin lives and leave people feeling trapped in situations of their own making.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Loss and loneliness are themes that drive my writing and I like to delve into the mindsets of my characters. The creepiness of the setting will certainly appeal to anyone who has been afraid of walking any distance through the woods at night. The ghost story aspect raises questions regarding how we often let fear control our lives.
Now it’s my turn to tag some fellow authors. So hop on over to their blogs to learn more about their works in progress.
Please visit their blogs. They will be publishing their answers to the questions next week.
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