Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Week 8 of The Next Big Thing

Many thanks to Jonathan Gould for recruiting me to participate in this constantly growing blog interview.

Here are the answers to my questions:

What is the working title of your book?
“From Parts Unknown”

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I grew up a fan of professional wrestling, and when I was in college, I was taking a walk around Manhattan and an idea popped into my head: what if wrestling wasn’t pre-determined? What if the characters were real? What if the situations they were involved in were real? What kind of atmosphere would there be behind the scenes, and what lengths would the main “bad guy” go to in order to usurp control over the promotion?

What genre does your book fall under?
This is definitely science-fiction, a dystopian tale with the same sort of mindset as the average 1970s sci-fi film.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Since this centers around on the wrestling world, I would tap the WWE to provide the main talent. I can see Chris Jericho as the CGL World Champion Kyle Flyte, Adam “Edge” Copeland as Vornakai, Mick Foley as Verne Dappy, possibly John Cena as Stephen Barker / Submission (it’ll be interesting to see him being forced to kill Scott Saturn).

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Stephen Barker finds himself in the center of a war for control over the most popular sport in the nation, as well as a war to decide the fate of every American’s freedom.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published as a five-part serial from July to November 2012, then re-released as an omnibus edition in December, just in time for the holidays. It will later be released in paperback form as one complete book.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
When I first wrote the book in 2002, it took a little less than a year and a half, from March 2001 to July 2002.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Since I originally thought of this as a screenplay, I would say three films come to mind: Rollerball (1975), The Manchurian Candidate and No Holds Barred.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
If I had to point to one person as my inspiration, it would have to be the WWE wrestler The Undertaker. He and his “brother” Kane greatly inspired the development of my main character in the book, Submission.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
While pro wrestling is at the center of this story, there is plenty of action, drama and humor for non-fans as well. It has already been called “highly recommended for fans of the WWE and a solid recommendation for everyone else.”

And if I may do some tagging:

Brandy Banks

Shari Broyer

Linzé Brandon

Jesi Lea Ryan

Christy Garrison Guise


  1. Brandy Banks tagged me and I am happy to join in...Great answers and Thanks for allowing me to join!
    M.C.V. Egan

  2. LOL! Your books sound interesting, though, *chuckle* I have to say I am NOT a wrestling fan. LOL! I'll have to check them out!

    Shari tagged me. Thanks for throwing this shin-dig!

  3. Hi George,
    So strange, while I am NOT a fan of wrestling, my stepfather and sister were and I absorbed enough "exposure" that I used a tiny bit of it in my novel, Ether Man, and referenced the Undertaker myself in one scene. Doo-do, Doo-do, Doo-do...Great minds really do think alike! Will recommend your new effort to friends who are interested in wrestling.

    1. Thank you, Shari. That's awesome that you referenced The Undertaker. I've been a fan of his from the beginning...