Michael P. Naughton, author of Deathryde: Rebel Without a Corpse (June 25-July 8)
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I’m happy to be invited to Author Chat. I’m a huge fan of LibraryThing. For those of you that don’t know me, I’m no stranger to the book business. I worked for Borders for many years and had the opportunity to meet and work with great authors, and then I moved on to publish actor Michael Madsen’s poetry and photography under 13 Hands Publications. During my time at Borders I had been writing and pitching scripts around town. Deathryde: Rebel Without a Corpse started out as a script, was completely rewritten and then finally novelized. It is a quirky, humorous mystery written in the style of Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard, and is offbeat like Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One. They say you can't cheat death... well, that doesn't stop these guys from trying is the tag line. I welcome your questions.
Actually the converse is true. I tried to minimize the morbidity and it's no more creepy than Six Feet Under, I assure you. :) To address your other question, screenwriting is leaner and there's an economy of words, as you may know. The trick is to leave a lot of white space, which is the opposite of novels. The advantage of novelizing Deathryde is there was a greater opportunity to flesh out the characters' idiosynchrasies. I took a hint from Elmore Leonard and didn't waste a lot of time describing weather conditions and scenery and just moved the story along quick and tried to keep it entertaining. Do you read humorous mysteries by authors like Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen? My novel is tongue-in-cheek. Check out my blog at www.gildedhearse.com Thanks for your question, sonshi. Michael
It's funny, when I used to work at Borders, authors would come in and see if their titles were on the shelves and we would get to talking and they would always ask, "So what else do you do?" I would say, "I'm a screenwriter," and quite a few would say, "I tried selling scripts for years and it wasn't until I started writing novels that Hollywood came knockin'." I also used to deal with a lot of the production companies in LA that used to buy the books off the shelves and recall reading a statistic once that broke down the ratio of novels to script sales per year. It was about 5,000 novels versus 100 scripts sold per year. So, it finally clicked.
This book is going to be a movie... it is where I have been headed with it.
What is the book (galley) that you are referring to?
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