The Next Big Thing

What is the working title of your book?
“Edge of a Lens”.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve spent a few years (okay, a decade) dabbling with the idea. It’s the equivalent of re-imagining yourself, post-age sixteen and taking that character on an entirely different route in life, with different people, different relationships, different situations.

What genre does your book fall under?
I’m not too keen on becoming an LGBT writer, but hey, there’s no getting around the fact that the lead character is a gay male. I feel drawn to characters that are somewhat broken, and then trying to break them down even further! I’m not really certain how to apply genres to what I pen, and that wasn’t a ‘My writing is indefinable’ moment, it is that I genuinely don’t know where ’emotionally fucked up characters/lives’ usually gets filed under! Emotional-Horror?! 😉

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Who knows?! When I write this particular piece I can see the visuals, I can hear the soundtrack. I even jot artists/songs in the sidelines next to scenes. I like the idea of applying the characters to new, British acting talent, preferably unknown faces. I could certainly see it becoming a multi-part LGBT drama screened on Channel 4 in the UK at 2am!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sometimes you have to go face-to-face with the demons in your closet.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published? Aye right!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The piece is still very much a works-in-progress and will probably be so for many years to come. Whilst I work on learning the craft, usually through flash, short stories, lengthy blogs, this story remains my baby, constantly changing and growing just like its owner, and one day, it may finally grow into its skin.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Good question. Like I said this idea has kicked around for years and a while back when searching to see just how much ‘serious’ and ‘non-erotic’ LGBT fiction existed, I stumbled upon the blurb of a book called “Now and Then”. It was written by the late William Corlett. Now, I’m not a huge reader, a cardinal sin for a writer, I know, but I had to order this book. I read the entire thing and thought “Shit, he’s done it.” It’s the closest relative I’ve found to what I have been penning. Except mine will be grittier, gloomier, very much anchored in the reality of just how fucked up human beings are! With moments of niceness, once in a while… 😉

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Honestly? There’s always been a certain desire to rewrite my teenage years, at the time, they just seemed so boring! This is definitely an exercise is revisionist history! The inspiration that lies in any piece of writing I start is that I don’t like to overly plan, I want the writing process to be akin to a reader picking up a novel they know nothing about and being taken on a journey. I want to get to go on that journey as well!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The fucked up nature of the characters and those around them causes wonderful moments of cynical humour, and I thoroughly love watching those unfurl! I’m looking for a good mix of characters so there should be someone for all types of reader to identify with, eventually!

This was sent to me by Matt Potter, owner and editor over at the wonderful Pure Slush
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