The Next Best Thing Meme

1) Answer the 10 questions below.

2) Spread the fun and tag 5 more awesome people to participate.

1. What is the title of your book / WIP?

Gentleman of Fortune

2. Where did the idea of the book come from?

I’m not sure, usually I’m bunnied by something, but I suddenly had a vision of a man running through the Blitz blackout, on rain-slicked cobbled streets, chasing someone and I didn’t know who or why. I’d wanted to write a sort of spy thing for a while. This isn’t exactly a spy thing, but then I’m not quite sure what it is either.

3. What genre would your book fall under?

Gay historical fiction, plus thriller i suppose

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Difficult, because I’m not (now) a writer who has their character gaze into a mirror and describe himself meticulously (gag). I used to be, but nowadays I just let the reader imagine the characters more often than not.

But if I had to find someone… *rummages around in the interwebz*

Tyrone Power, perhaps. Not in his urbane, well-slicked back look, but more like this, but perhaps not so extreme as this.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Ha ha ha.

1940’s private eye agrees to help an old lover out, and finds himself embroiled in a tangled web of deceit, danger and dead ends. Literally. (oops, two)

6. Is your book published or represented?

No,  it’s a WIP – it will probably be represented by my agent, though (Prof Jim Schiavone)

7. How long did it take you to write it?

Only 10k in so far. It will probably take me until the spring.

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?

I’m entirely ignorant of other thrillers in the genre. Hopefully it will be more film noir than anything m/m-y.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

Philip Marlowe

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

Well, Foster – the main character – Doug Foster – is pretty much a law unto himself. He’s a private eye, but he considers London to be “his patch” and with the war, the police have enough to do and sometimes, criminals fall through the cracks and that’s when Foster comes in. He gets them off the streets, one way, or another.

I can’t tag people, it’s too intimidating, but please do it if you want, and let me know and i’ll link to it.

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