The Next Big Thing

I was tagged by Laura Lee Bahr, author of the 2011 Wonderland award winning novel “Haunt” for The Next Big Thing, a continuous string of blogs/interviews of 10 standard questions for writers on their current/next work.

1) What is the title of your book?

House Hunter

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

It all grew out from the title. ‘House Hunter’ sparked the imagery of wild house-creatures, and then it just happened, more or less.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Bizarro fiction/urban fantasy/action adventure

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

Maybe Scarlett Johansson for Imogen, because she seems to do alright with the action-heavy blockbusters. And John Hurt or Gary Oldman for Ellis.

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

A bizarro adventure, with cockroach people, spider-cars, assassins, house-fights, and a big-ass castle stomping into battle against an ancient temple.

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

It is published through Eraserhead Press as part of their New Bizarro Author Series program.

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

Two weeks.

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

That’s a tough one… I would compare the bizarre fantasy element to the works of Carlton Mellick III and Cameron Pierce. Specific books, perhaps David W. Barbee’s “A Town Called Suckhole” or Kirsten Alene’s “Love in the Time of Dinosaurs”.

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

I was motivated by Kevin Shamel (my editor) and Garrett Cook (who was running an online workshop I was in at the time), but as far as inspiration goes, I didn’t have a specific person or thing that got me writing. A lot of the time I just write because I want to come up with the sort of stuff I love to read.

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

You’re in pretty good shape if you know about the house-creatures fighting and big-ass castle battles, but it doesn’t hurt to know I’m heavily influenced by anime and manga, so the all-action fantasy insanity takes on that style of logic.

I was meant to have this done a while ago, but things have been a little busy, and I’ve been a little disorganised, but I’ve scrambled together a ragtag team of fantastic authors to pass this thing off to (of which I really really want to see their responses).

Bradley Sands is the author of TV Snorted My Brain, Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You, Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy, Please Do Not Shoot Me in the Face: A Novel, and other books. Visit him at

Kirsten Alene is the author of Unicorn Battle Squad, and the 2010 NBAS novella, Love in the Time of Dinosaurs.

Steve Lowe is the author of King of the Perverts, Samurai vs. Robo-Dick, Mio Padre, Il Tumore (stories), Wolves Dressed As Men, and the 2010 NBAS novella, Muscle Memory.

Athena Villaverde is the author of Clockwork Girl, and Starfish Girl.

James Steele is the author of the 2010 NBAS novella, Felix and the Sacred Thor. He has multiple projects in the works, but will pick up the Next Big Thing at a later date, when his next book is greenlit.


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