Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Next Big Thing - Again

A little over two months ago, I was tagged to participate in the Next Big Thing blog chain. Last week, fellow writer KJ Waters asked me to do it again.  Since I'm a month or two from releasing my next book, I agreed.  So, I'll say thanks to KJ and encourage you to visit her blog, Blondie in the Water, if you haven't already made her acquaintance.

Here's the information on my coming release.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Twisted Love.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was playing with some photo editing software, and I twisted a portrait of a beautiful woman.  After a few chuckles with family members who were looking over my shoulder, I was struck by the notion of twisted personalities and the differing perceptions that people have of their relationships with one another.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a psychological thriller.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

The actors that I can recall from the period before I quit paying attention to movies are dead.  Besides, I prefer to let my readers develop their own visual images; I think a character’s behavior can conjure up very different images in readers’ minds, depending on the individual reader’s experiences.  That’s just one of the many things that distinguish books from movies.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

One person’s value system is another person’s psychosis.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be self-published.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Two months.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Again, I’ll leave that to the individual reader; no specific book that I’ve read comes to mind, and this one is a departure from the other books I’ve written.  I do keep thinking of the way William Faulkner dealt with twisted perception in The Sound and the Fury, but that's an inspiration rather than a comparison.  The books are quite different.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

That distorted photograph gave me the idea, and a lifetime of close encounters with some seriously crazy people provided the material to round out the characters.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

Guess the identity of the model for the cover shot; if you get it right without prior knowledge, I might award a complimentary copy of the book, once it’s published.
And, finally, I'll introduce you to five fine writers who agreed to be tagged next.  Take a look at their sites and their books, and look for their Next Big Thing posts on January 31.  In no particular order, they are:

Terry Tyler, author of four fine novels, with another on the way - I've enjoyed two of her books in the last year, and I'm looking forward to the others. Terry Tyler's Blog.

Rebekah Lyn, author of three enjoyable novels, with another in the works. I just finished reading her crisp, well-articulated prose in Julianne last night.  Be sure to visit Rebekah Lyn's Kitchen for the latest on her work.

Gae-Lynn Woods, author of The Devil of Light, the first of the Forney County thrillers, with the second book coming soon.  I'm waiting, first in line, cash in hand.  I enjoyed The Devil of Light. Learn more from her blog: The Big Heat: TEXAS CRIME FICTION - Some folks just need killin'.

Regina Puckett, author of five romance novels and so many great short stories (not all so romantic; some are pretty scary) that I've lost count. I just read them as she releases them, now. Regina Puckett's Blog.

Calinda B, author of sexy supernatural romance novels.  After you read Calinda's Blog, be sure to follow the link at the top of her page (in that black bar) to her website.  Besides being a talented writer, she's a phenomenal website designer.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you drop in again soon.


Vonda Norwood said...

Hiya Charles!!! I stole your big thing!!! heehee!!!

Rebekah Lyn said...

Can't wait to read the new book. My niece & nephew love playing with the video images when we video chat. Love that you drew inspiration from a similar experience.

KJ Waters said...

Very exciting Charles. Looking forward to your next novel. Sounds very good. Thanks so much for the intro and for participating in the ole blog hop. And do tell how you got Dear Terry-poo to participate in the blog hop! XX

Charles Dougherty said...

What fun! Thanks for wanting it badly enough to steal it, Vonda. Now what are you going to do with it?

Charles Dougherty said...

Now, distorting images during video chat...there's an idea for a book in that, Rebekah. Thanks for visiting, and for agreeing to participate. I'm looking forward to your post next week.

Charles Dougherty said...

Thanks for inviting me, KJ. I think Terry decided to try it because both of us asked her. I'm glad she's giving it a try; I really enjoy her books, and I'm looking forward to her post.

Gae-Lynn said...

TWISTED LOVE sounds like a great story, Charles, and that cover is seriously creepy. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for tagging me to participate!

Charles Dougherty said...

Thanks for participating, Gae-Lynn, and for the kind words.

WPotocki said...

It sounds like a fantastic read! Can't wait!

Charles Dougherty said...

Thanks, Wendy!

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