The Next Big Thing

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing


My friend Gina Fava tagged me with these interview questions this week. Her timing couldn’t have been better. My latest book is just hitting the shelves. So check it out!

What is the working title of your book?

My latest mystery is Dinner At Deadman’s, where amateur sleuth Lorado Martin sifts through piles of clutter to discover a cold-blooded killer.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Lorado Martin is my real-life brother. I was looking for a hero for a new series and decided he was perfect. He is a quirky guy who loves junk (he calls the stuff collectible). He also does interesting work with recovering addicts that makes him the perfect entry way into a world that many of us don’t get to see.

What genre does your book fall under?
This is a traditional mystery. Lorado is a funny guy and his humor comes through, but the book is a mystery first.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Lorado is a 320 pound, funny, rugged redneck. Who could master that role? I need help here. I like Naomi Watts for his sexy girlfriend, Roxie.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Junk man Lorado Martin digs through the estate of Mary Newbury and discovers evidence that she’s been murdered. Her affable, recovering addict grandson stands to inherit a considerable sum whether he deserves it or not. (okay, that’s 2 sentences. I cheated)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I started self-publishing long before it was cool and I’m going to continue.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m not sure how long the first draft took, but start to finish, the book was done in about six months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I have to admit that I don’t normally read humorous mysteries. The humor in Dinner At Deadman’s came from Lorado. I’m not responsible. My brother is a really funny guy and the best compliment I’ve gotten on the book so far was from my mom who said, “It sounds like your brother wrote it.”  Since he is the narrator, that’s high praise. of course mom is a little partial.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to write a book about my brother’s life, but when I sat across the table from a recovering addict, the book took on much more meaning for me.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Lorado is an expert in antiques and collectibles. Throughout the book he provides ideas to help readers get the most from yard sales, eBay, or even the things in their own attic.

One more thing… I’m a character in this book. My brother needed a side kick and I picked ME. I had some fun with myself being omniscient and all. You can also see how my brother sees me in real life and get some insight into what I’m like day to day.


The new tags are:
Sue Ann Jaffarian
Susan Wingate
Jillian Dodd
Diane Capri
Mike Faricy

And here are the rules:

* Give credit to the person / blog that tagged you 
* Post the rules for the blog hop 
*Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog 
*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.


6 Comments on “The Next Big Thing”

  1. Gina Fava says:

    Thank you, CJ! What a fun interview! I’m a few chapters into my sneak peak, and, for me, Lorado brings to mind Gerard Butler–stocky, funny, a lady’s man who’s a man’s man, too.
    I hope your fans tune into my blog in December for my review of Dinner at Deadman’s. Until then, congratulations on your new book. Best wishes for your continued success 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on SUSAN WINGATE and commented:
    CJ West is one of my favorite contemporary authors. His work is awesome.

  3. WOW! CJ! Sounds like a great concept and a fun read. Looking forward to it. And thanks for tagging me, I guess???? Hmmmmmmm……

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