Monday, October 18, 2010

Interview with the authors of Draculas






Today, my guests are Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson and Joe Konrath, writing as Jack Kilborn, authors of the intriguing book, Draculas.


D R A C U L A S
By Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand, & F. Paul Wilson
Exclusively on Amazon Kindle
October 19, 2010
Price: $2.99; Ebook


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1) Tell me about your book.

A vampire outbreak at a rural, isolated hospital, told over a four-hour timespan by four horror authors.

Here's a little more about Draculas:
A DYING MAN’S GREATEST TREASURE…
Mortimer Moorecook, retired Wall Street raider, avid collector, is losing his fight against cancer. With weeks to live, a package arrives at the door of his hillside mansion—an artifact he paid millions for…a hominoid skull with elongated teeth, discovered in a farmer’s field in the Romanian countryside. With Shanna, his beautiful research assistant looking on, he sinks the skull’s razor sharp fangs into his neck, and immediately goes into convulsions.

OPENS THE DOOR TO AN ANCIENT EVIL...
A rural hospital. A slow night in the ER. Until Moorecook arrives strapped to a gurney, where he promptly codes and dies.

WHERE DEATH IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
Four well-known horror authors pool their penchants for scares and thrills, and tackle one of the greatest of all legends, with each writer creating a unique character and following them through a vampire outbreak in a secluded hospital.

The goal was simple: write the most intense book they possibly could.  

Which they did.

A word of warning:

Within these pages, you will find no black capes, no satin-lined coffins, no brooding heartthrobs who want to talk about your feelings. Forget sunlight and stakes. Throw out your garlic and your crosses. This is the Anti-TWILIGHT.
 


2) What gave you the idea for this particular story?

Joe Konrath came up with the title, and Blake and Joe started brainstorming potential characters. Once Paul and Jeff were on board, we knew we just wanted to each follow a set of characters for the duration of the book, and hoped we could tie it all up in the end in a way that was thrilling and logical.

3) Please explain the process you four authors used to create this unique type of work.

We used Dropbox software and pretty much tried to all be writing on a timeline. We were constantly reading each other’s sections, so we could get a sense of what the others were doing and write scenes that complimented the overall arc of the story and moved it toward the conclusion.

4) What were the difficulties of doing a joint work?  The advantages and disadvantages?

Advantages were the speed of creation, instant editorial feedback on new scenes, and four brains working toward a common goal. I can’t really cite any disadvantages. There were arguments, but the disagreements only made the book stronger.  The last feature in the book is a collection of over 40,000 words worth of our emails back and forth to each other while we were writing the book, a kind of behind-the-scenes look at our collaboration process, for those who might be interested.

5) What do you hope readers will take from this story?

The resilience of everyday people under the worst possible circumstances. Also that vampires don’t care about your feelings.

6) You all write in different genres.  How hard was it to write a horror story?

Honestly, this was one of the best, easiest writing experiences we’ve ever had. We’re all horror-lovers at heart.

7) What kind of research did you do for this type of story?

Because this is set in a hospital, the bulk of the research involved medical terminology, equipment, etc.

8) Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
Apparently, none of us are bothered by writing violent scenes.

9) What is your marketing plan?

We are attempting to generate a sizeable number of pre-publication reviews which will all (or most) go live the day before the book goes live in the Kindle store.

10) Where can people learn more about all of you and your work?


11) Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?

Read constantly and grow a thick skin.


Here's a bit of info about Draculas:


ABOUT THE AUTHORS



F. PAUL WILSON is an award-winning, NY Times bestselling novelist whose work spans horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, young adult, and virtually everything between.  He is best known as the author of THE KEEP and creator of the urban mercenary Repairman Jack. (http://www.repairmanjack.com)




JACK KILBORN is a pen name of J.A. Konrath, who has written six Jack Daniels thrillers. The seventh, SHAKEN, will be available this October.  Kilborn is the author of AFRAID, ENDURANCE, TRAPPED, and SERIAL UNCUT, (written with Blake Crouch) which has been downloaded more than 250,000 times. (http://www.jakonrath.com)



JEFF STRAND is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of such novels as PRESSURE, DWELLER, GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY), BENJAMIN'S PARASITE, and THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE. His secret shame is SUCKERS, co-written with J.A. Konrath.  (http://www.jeffstrand.com)



BLAKE CROUCH is the author of four thrillers, DESERT PLACES, LOCKED DOORS, ABANDON, and SNOWBOUND, all published by St. Martin’s Press. His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen, THRILLER 2, and other anthologies. (http://www.blakecrouch.com)

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