My Next Big Thing…

19 Dec

g. Elmer Munson is a New England writer of the strange and unusual as well as the horrors of everyday life.  He lives with his family and a posse of various critters in a creaky farmhouse older than America herself.

Fellow New England Writer and friend G Elmer Munson was kind enough to provide a link to me so I could tell you about MY NEXT BIG THING that I was working on. Well, I’ll do just that, and please read on to the end where I’ve linked to another great and upcoming author that is well on his way to literary immortality…

1)      What is the title of your next book/work?

This book features the monster-hunting motorcycle mamas that I introduced in the dark fantasy epic, The Wardmaster that was released in October by Post Mortem Press.  The work was originally entitled: Ride, Valkyries, Ride! And then I thought a creepier and more intriguing alternative was: The Bone Snake.

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

Well, a couple of years ago, I was on a trip with my lovely wife and a group of motorcycle ladies zoomed past us on the interstate. A game I often play on trips is to make up stories about the people that go by. I immediately knew that these bad-ass ladies were monster hunters and the stories started filing into the old gray idea depository. After they showed up in The Wardmaster I thought why not find out where they go next. I had written a story, “The Reservoir” for a Post Mortem Press anthology and many of the folks who read the tale expressed dismay about not knowing what happened to the plucky young protagonist, Charlie Caldwell. Thus, I had the first chapter and the Macguffin for the Valkyries first novel of their very own. This will be the first of about seven novels if all goes well.

3) What genre does your book/work fall under?

The book is horror, but has all the elements of a supernatural mystery/action/adventure. It is definitely about experienced monster hunters going into a small town area and trying to stop the apocalypse.

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

This is a hard one, because I’ve based the template of the characters’ personalities on my wife and a lot of her friends. A lot of the ladies are older, so it would give a chance to see some cool actresses that might not get a lot of sexy roles. I’m thinking an African American woman like Alfre Woodard only in her twenties, Darryl Hannah, Linda Hamilton, etc.

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

There’s only one group to call when something crawls out of the local reservoir, devouring people and heralding the apocalypse: The Valkyries, a gang of monster-hunting motorcycle mamas!
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This is up in the air right now. There are benefits to both. I guess I just want to finish the book and then see what strikes my fancy. I do enjoy self-publishing, as I can offer the books and e-books at a reasonable price, but there is the overhead…
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Still typing like mad, but should be done first draft by the end of February. I started in November of this year.
8)What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Not sure, although The Wardmaster had some things in common with Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Also, like Stephen King’s books, characters from my other books (such as the characters from many stories in The Night Library) are finding their way into the pages.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My wife, and every other tough-minded woman I’ve ever met.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

If the idea of kick-ass ladies on motorcycles protecting American highways from supernatural threats doesn’t sell you, then check out The Night Library which features the tale which will kick off the supernatural mystery. Many people remark that it is one of their favorites out of said anthology.

Well, thanks for listening, and look for The Bone Snake coming your way in late 2013. Hairy Bromance, the horror comedy about a werewolf, sasquatch, drinking buddy duo who take a cross-country road trip has just come out from Damnation Books. Also, the sequel to Test of a Prince, The Bastard Prophecy should be available for Kindle and in print in January of 2013.

Check out this new and upcoming author: Caleb Bollenbacher, author of the book: Monsters

My name is Caleb Bollenbacher…I write.

I am a 2011 graduate of Baylor University, holding a BA in English. I am pursuing a career in fiction writing, but I am capable of writing in a wide range of fields (but please don’t ask me to write in an actual field unless you would like to replace the battery on my computer).

I specialize in editing, proofreading, and any sort of writing.

I am currently working on both a novel and a graphic novel and I have written several short stories and a completed screenplay.

I have had short stories published twice, with one winning Baylor’s Top Prose Award in 2010.

My first screenplay was a semi-finalist at the Black Glasses Film Festival Screenplay Competition.


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