The Next Big Thing Interview:
I was tapped by Barbara Fradkin, one of Canada’s most decorated mystery novelists, to join this blog tag. Check out her entry at
www.typem4murder.blogspot.ca/ Scroll down to Nov. 21.
As for my answers,
1. What is your working title of your book?
Twilight is not Good for Maidens
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The title comes from “Goblin Market”, a children’s poem by Christian Rossetti circa 1862. It warns young girls not to take forbidden fruit from goblin men or offer their golden locks to pay. Playboy in the Seventies reprinted the poem with erotic drawings, which might have had the virginal author rolling in her grave. My book has a rape and sexual assault theme.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Police Procedural Light, ie my character is only an RCMP Corporal and cannot be in charge of a murder investigation. This forces me to be very tricky.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Some Bollywood hero for my Sikh Constable, Chipper Knox Singh. For my heroine, Holly Martin, a 32 year old Sandra Bullock. And for Holly’s father, who else but Leslie Howard, but with blonder hair. Norman Allin is a Professor of Popular Culture at UVic and teaches one decade each semester, living it to the detail.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A midnight rapist stalks the rainforest parks on south Vancouver Island.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Dundurn will publish it. They are a medium-sized press in Ontario, but publish a huge number of crime-fiction novels. I don’t have an agent, which is why I am not in Louise Penny’s income-tax bracket.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Three months. A thousand words a day. Time off for good behaviour. Then eight months of revisions.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Vicki Delany’s inspirational Trafalgar series set on the BC mainland.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Another adventure for my RCMP Corporal in her continuing quest to find her vanished mother. Each book brings her a clue closer.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
You can visit Canada’s Caribbean, stunningly beautiful Vancouver Island, from your easy chair. The first chapter of Twilight may be read on my website at www.louallin.com/loupages/novels.html
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