Daisy Bateman

Chain Linking: The Next Big Thing

The following post comes to you thanks to the brilliant and fascinating author Camille Minichino who has generously invited me to join her in the following blog chain. The way this works: Each person gets the same ten questions about their next (or, in certain cases, theoretical first) book, which they must answer to the best of their abilities. At the end of the post you link to all the other posts and everybody is happy. Here is Camille’s post to get you started.

And now, on to me:

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
Land Squid.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
While drinking at a friend’s bachelorette party in New York, conflating the premises of two SciFi Channel movies (giant squid lives in lake, eats people, is defeated by James Van Der Beek vs. Loch Ness monster travels through underground channels to North America, eats people, is not defeated by James Van Der Beek).

What genre does your book fall under?
Home improvement. Or horror-comedy. Kind of depends who you ask.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Sigourney Weaver for the put-upon small town police chief-turned-squid-killer, Amy Adams for the scientist who knows nothing about squid, James Van Der Beek.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Non-stop squid-on-land action.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to find an agent for it when it is finished. Failing that, I plan to hand people the manuscript and stare at them awkwardly until they read it.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two years, I think. Sadly, that is the fastest I have written anything so far, and it shows.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The thriller aspect draws on the style of books like “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” and their many imitators, and for the humor side I am heavily inspired by the works of Terry Pratchett, though I have no intention of comparing myself to him, because he is much better at it.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I love terrible, over-the-top monster movies, so I set out to write a book that had all of their best elements, without the downside of having to watch Coolio trying to act. I also had a very strong desire to write a scene in which a person using a leaf blower early on a Saturday morning is brutally killed.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Aside from the giant, killer, land-based squid? Well, there are several scenes where people have lunch.

Not quite what you were in the mood for? Well, here are four other writers who might have something more up your alley:

Mike Befeler, author of the acclaimed Retirement Homes are Murder series.
Heather Haven, fun, prolific author of the award-winning Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series.
Alyx Morgan, author of short stories and most thoughtful blog postings.
Pat Morin, author of award-winning novels, nonfiction, short stories, and plays.

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