The Next Big Thing is a meme for writers.  Each participant answers ten generic interview questions, then tags five other writers who will do the same (if they choose), and lists the blogs/social media of those writers so people can read their interviews as well.  I was tagged by Simon West-Bulford (; be sure to see who I tagged at the end of my interview.  In the event that any of the authors I've chosen have already participated or don't wish to participate, I offer a polite shrug.  Here we go:

What is the working title of your next book?

The novel I'm currently writing is titled Storm Demon. It's the fifth book in my occult detective series The Jake Helman Files.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I'm building a universe in which figures from different religions and mythologies exist along with the supernatural to wreak havoc on mankind, and one man in particular, ex-cop turned private eye Jake Helman.  Each novel is a self contained story that serves a greater mythology.  A lot of the ideas for this one were planted in previous books in the series.

What genre does your book fall under?

I call the series supernatural action.  All of the books contain horror, but each one incorporates another genre: Personal Demons was noir; Desperate Souls was crime drama, Cosmic Fores spun Lovecraft's mythology, and Tortured Spirits had elements of James Bond and mercenary movies.  For Storm Demon, I'm embracing the disaster genre.  People who don't care for horror tell me all the time that they like my work and think I'd find more success working in the mainstream, but this is what I love.  Still, any agent or publisher who reads my work will see that I move pretty effortlessly from genre to genre.

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a book rendition of your book?

I try not to think about that, but I'm also a filmmaker and it's hard to avoid; sometimes I see different actors as I'm writing.  Personal Demons was originally a screenplay I wrote back in 1986; at the time, I thought James Woods would make a great Jake Helman.  Since then I've pictured Reed Diamond from Homicide: Life on the Street and even Mark Wahlberg in the role.  The problem is these guys keep aging!  Right now Alex Skarsgard from True Blood would be my choice; if they messed his face up to play Jake he could really stretch, and Michelle Forbes would be perfect for the villainess in Storm Demon.  But when I write these books I don't see an actor, I see Jake Helman, who's more badass than any actor.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

The fate of New York City hangs in the balance when Jake Helman must battle the storm demon Lilith to save a friend.

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

I've never self-published and I don't have an agent.  All of my novels have been published by Medallion Press, and my zombie novella Carnage Road was published by Creeping Hemlock Press. I hope to find time to write a straight crime drama this year, and I suppose I could end up self publishing that as an experiment.

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

I just started this book two weeks ago and I'm 25% finisihed.  I expect it will be a two month process.  Six months is normal, but I've waited a long time to write this story.

What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?

I understand there's a pretty good story about a flood in The Bible.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

When researching two Biblical characters for Cosmic Forces, the third book in this series, I came across stories of Lilith, Adam's first wife, and knew right away that she had to join Jake Helman's gallery of rogue villains. I think I might be creating the coolest dysfunctional family in horror literature.

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

Besides sex, violence, action, monsters, and supernatural drugs?  There is a continuity to this series that I think readers will enjoy.  Storm Demon answers a mystery that I laid the foundation for in the second book, Desperate Souls, so there's a real payoff. There's another aspect that I think people will love: I've developed a nice cast of supporting characters in this series, and this is the one that brings them all together, like the Scoobies on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Of course I have an agenda that precludes things from working out as expected...


And now for my list of victims.  Be sure to check out the blogs/social media for these talented authors.  If they choose not to participate, I offer a polite shrug, but you should check out their sites anyway.   I believe they have a week to post their interviews, but if they're like me they don't give a damn about the rules!

Jeff Strand

Gabrielle Faust

Jeff Jacobson

Brian Harris

David L. Tamarin
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