The Next Big Thing — Tag, I’m it!

October 31st, 2012 • Posted in News |
Last week the very excellent Mark Morris tagged me in his ‘The Next Big Thing’ blog post thingy.  It’s an ongoing process where one writer answers a series of questions (see below!), and then tags 5 others writers (see below the below!) who get to do it all again the following week.  By Christmas every blog would have been read by at least five billion people, we’ll all be outselling 50 Shades of Gray, and I’ll have my order in for that subterranean swimming complex/evil guy’s lair I’ve had my eye on.
Or something.
Anyway, in a moment of rash enthusiasm I agreed to do it.  Also, because Mark is like a brother to me.  A much older brother.  Albeit one who looks young and more dashing the older he gets, damn him.  And in turn, after these questions and answers (which, hands up I’ll admit to tweaking somewhat), I’ll be tagging my own five victims writers.
1) What is the title of your latest book?
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s my Big Apocalyptic novel.  I’ve been wanting to write it for some time.  I enjoy destroying the world, and have done so many times in my novellas and short stories (by my last calculation I’d killed about 30 billion people in my fiction).  For COLDBROOK I wanted to take it one step further and not just destroy our world, but our worlds.  Notice the plural.  There’s a big science fictional element, and researching multiverse theory was fascinating, and mind-blowing.
That might all sound a bit glib, but it is a serious book, with what I hope are honest, believable characters, and some of the most exciting writing I think I’ve ever done.  Big scale and fast paced, it still concentrates on just a few main characters, and their efforts to make good some terrible, shattering mistakes…
And there are zombies.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
It’s an apocalyptic zombie science fictional thriller with a love story, but no historical naval aspect.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Jonah Jones – John Hurt
Vic – Jamie Foxx
Holly – January Jones
Jayne – Jennifer Lawrence
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
They forge a pathway between this Earth and another … and something comes through.
6) Who published your book?
Hammer, an imprint of Arrow.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
About 4 months.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Well as it’s a big scale zombie novel, I like to think it has the realism and scare-factor of World War Z.  I thought this book was so well done, and so frightening.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As above … I wanted to write my definitive end of the world novel.  This is it.  However …. that’s not to say there won’t be another, and I already have a proposal for a new apocalyptic novel called The Silence.  Watch this space.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you like horror, zombies, action, science fiction, chase stories, love stories, heroics, bad guys, and Penderyn whiskey, you’ll love this novel.
And now … onward!  My five taggees are:

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