I’ve been tagged by the lovely Erika Marks to play the Next Big Thing. Erika has a new novel coming out this June called The Guest House: “The lives and hearts of a wealthy Southern family and a local family of builders become tangled through several generations of summers on Cape Cod.” You should go read about it right now. The cover makes me swoon.
Here’s my Thing. I hope to have a cover of my own soon, maybe even this week (!!!), but for now there’s just the little intruder in her penciled-on mask.
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What is the
working title of your book? Alice Close Your Eyes
What genre does your book fall under? Psychological thriller
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Mmm, I don’t know that I do this so much when a book is finished. By then the characters only look like themselves. But I remember thinking of Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara for Jack and Alice when I started writing, so I’ll go with them.
Photo by Aneta Bartos
What is a
one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I’m cheating here because I want to show you the back cover copy, which my editor sent last week. She is ever so much better at summarizing than I am:
Ten years ago, someone ruined Alice Croft’s life. Now, she has a chance to right that wrong—and she thinks she’s found the perfect man to carry out her plan.
After watching him for weeks, she breaks into Jack Calabrese’s house to collect the evidence that will confirm her hopes. When Jack comes home unexpectedly, Alice hides in the closet, fearing for her life. But upon finding her, Jack is strangely calm, solicitous…and intrigued.
That night is the start of a dark and intense attraction, and soon Alice finds herself drawn into a labyrinth of terrifying surrender to a man who is more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. As their relationship spirals toward a breaking point, Alice begins to see just how deep Jack’s secrets run—and how deadly they could be.
With haunting prose and deft psychological insight, debut author Averil Dean spins a chilling story that explores the dark corners of obsession—love, pain, and revenge.
How long did it take you to write the first draft your manuscript? Ten months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I’d like to call it the creepy lovechild of Sharp Objects and 9 1/2 Weeks, but I adore both of those books so much that it seems cheeky to mention them.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? When I was brainstorming ideas for this book, I happened upon a low-budget neo-noir film called Following. In the movie, two men break into a London flat for no particular reason other than curiosity, a voyeurism of objects. This idea hooked me immediately, and I began to imagine the erotic possibilities and play with some ideas for how to incorporate this strange habit into a psychological thriller.
What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest? The book is not erotica, exactly, but there are more than a few drawn-out sex scenes which become increasingly fraught as the characters’ relationship starts to unravel.
When and how will it be published? It’s coming out with Harlequin MIRA in January 2014.
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If you would like to play, or if you already have, leave me a link below. Or copy and paste your answers. Or write them here for the first time. Or tell me to take a flying leap off the Bridge of the Gods because you don’t wanna play, no way no how. I will love you anyway.