Nothing to Lose – Book Hook and Query Pitch

As you may know, I’m currently working on the first part of my new Hollyweird North series of novels, Nothing to Lose, and wrapped the first big edit of the draft today. With that done, I immediately turned to my ‘book hook,’ and opening pitch blurb to set the query process in motion. I had a great time writing this first novel with five more scheduled to be part of the series.

Here’s the hook and the pitch:

Lights, Camera, Action – Making Movies is Murder!

When low-budget producer Julian Grant cranks out his latest kickboxing picture, he finds himself battling Eurotrash drug-dealing, snuff-movie psychopaths, angry local cops, bottom-of the-barrel crew members and a has-been cast designed to drive him insane. It doesn’t help that he’s got a crippling alcohol problem, is running the show on his last credit card and been arrested for two horrific murders. It’s all part of Hollywood North as we follow the ‘mostly-true’ exploits of real-life moviemaker Grant as his 12-day picture proves that he has Nothing to Lose

For over 15 years, Julian Grant churned out shitty movies for everyone. From HBO to Lionsgate, ABC Disney and more, he took the money and made the movies that clogged the video stores and TV late-night slots. Now, he’s telling all in his series of ‘murder memoirs’ loosely based-on his reel-life adventures (changing the names to avoid litigation on the advise of counsel). Fast, furious and FUBAR, Grant tells-all and paints a bloody picture of death, destruction and twisted desire behind-the-scenes in these confidential exposes. The bodies and laughs pile up as he careens from one jackpot to another as he tries to finish his movie and not wind up dead or worse, back in Rehab. 

Feel free to let me know what you think.

‘At the Funeral’ Publishing Summer 2021

My 50 word flash fiction story, “At The Funeral” was accepted for publication with the Avalon Literary Review. Summer of 2021. I’m thrilled to let them have First Serial Rights as it’s a nice little story. Creating these micro-micro bursts demands real economy – and it’s a great too in teaching me the importance of brevity and clarity.

The Avalon Literary Review
The Avalon Literary Review is dedicated to publishing noteworthy works of poetry, short fiction, and personal essays.

Embarrassment of Riches

2020 has been good to me, despite the global pandemic, of course. This was the year I decided to declare myself a writer of both prose and poetry. Not that I haven’t written films, essays and thesis essays over the years.

But working as a fiction writer, a non-cinema author was a goal that I had always been beyond me for many (unknown) reasons. So, this year, I started publishing and placing my work.

I’ve racked up literary journals online by the score and completed my second novel while I shopped my first. I’m now writing every single day carving out the most fulfilling time as a creative as I spend my time getting stronger, faster and better. I’ve got beta readers, a mentor or two, 3rd party critical acceptance and have never been happier with my opportunity and options. Thank you everyone whose taken the time to read, to comment or request materials for publication. #writer

2d Poetry & Prose WIP

So, I’ve started to look at Interactive Fiction and Visual Novels as a way to share my work and design multiple stream narratives and evolving poetry. I’ve spent the last month investigating Twine, Game Book Maker and options for creation (inclusing 2d software such as Cartoon Animator 4 from Reallusion for my workflows. There’s lots to like and consider as I experiment.

Here’s a simple sad sack character that I upload an AI voice to based on my own work and poetry. He wobbles drunkenly in place and talks about his trials and errors. It’s an engaging and fun process to design work like this. I’m not sure where any of this is going – but that’s the joy of this work too – the experimentation, the discovery process and the evolution of my own artistry.