is J.A. Konrath.
J.A., first, tell us a little bit about
the manuscript you're working on now.
J.A.: I'm doing NaNoWriMo (National
Novel Writing Month, www.nanowrimo.org)
and hope to start and finish Jack
Daniels Book #7. It will be tough,
because every weekend this month I’m out
of town, doing book promo. But I
promised myself if I don’t make the 50k
word quota, I’m shaving my head and
posting a video of it on YouTube.
Debra: Now that would be something to see! Great motivation. ;-)
J.A.: I’m writing this one without an outline, but I have a
pretty good idea where I want it to go. Basically a lot of sex, a lot of violence, a race against the clock, and a Super Suprise Shocker Ending. (Note to self: Think up some sort of Super Surprise Shocker Ending.)
Debra: Well, I can't wait to see what you come up with.Some very famous authors have played with language, creating words
for people or places that no one has ever heard of. Have you ever
played with words in that way and if so how?
J.A.: In a recent short story I used the sentence “His false teeth
slupped out from between his lips.” The editor made me change it to
“slipped,” the grahzny bratchny.
Debra: hahaha. And slupped was such a good word. I can even hear
that happening. Slipped? Nah, too quiet. Sounds like they snuck
J.A.: As a fiction writer, my goal is to tell the story in the best way possible. Sometimes that
means playing with grammar, or words, or POV. In several of my books, I’ve ha chapters that were only a sentence or two long. In my new book (AFRAID, coming 2009 from Grand Central) I don’t have any chapters at all---there are no breaks. In my next Jack Daniels book (FUZZY NAVEL, coming 2008 from Hyperion), I describe eight hours in real time, hopping into the heads of eight different characters.
If it makes the story better, I do it, rules be fricked.
Debra: Thank you God, for authors who know how to play.If there were no categories for books, no reader expectations to
meet, and you could create the wildest work of imagination that you
could think of what kind of story would that be?
J.A.: Funy you should mention that, because I've done it. Twice.
On JAKonrath.com, you can download two of my unpublished books for
free. The first, ORIGIN, is about the US Government holding Satan
in a secret underground research facility. The second, THE LIST, is
about clones of Thomas Jefferson, Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, Jack
the Ripper, and others, in a plot to start WWIII. Neither sold
because they crossed too many genres, containing elements of
horror, thriller, sci-fi, and liberal doses of romance and humor.
Of course, your localbookstore doesn't have a
SciFi/Horror/Humor/Thriller/Romance section, so the books didn’t
sell. Or maybe they didn’t sell because they suck. Download them,
read them, and let me hear your opinions. You can also (for a
limited time) download a free ebook version of my first Jack
Daniels thriller, WHISKEY SOUR. That also straddles genres (funny
mysteries and scary thrillers) but it fits nicely in the
Mystery/Thriller section, so no one complained.
Debra: I will definately look for them and I doubt very much that
they suck. (But it is nice to hear another published author say
that because I think we all feel that way sometimes about our
work.) And how cool that your first book is available to all. So,
you heard it readers, and here's your chance to test an e-book if
you've never tried one!
J.A., thank you for joining us here on this Make-believe Monday to
share a little bit of the magic of writing with our readers.
J.A.: Thank you! But next time, I get to ask the questions…
Debra: Sounds Like a fair deal. ;-)