Boom! I say, I say, boom!
This is one of the best feelings in the biz, people — sending off a completed manuscript to an editor. We’re ballparking Summer 2015 for this release, but I can’t say for sure until the editor at Del Rey does his thing.
This is effectively the final draft, as he went over the book once and this draft was done with his suggestions in mind. However, we added a bunch of story. So, half of this draft is “final,” and half is “first draft on steroids.” That means the status of this draft depends on his response to the new content. He could love it and fast-track this mo-fo, or he could say “Hold on there, Buddy! Were you pounding Tuaca when you wrote this, Guy?”
DRINKIN’ & WRITING?
I’m not saying I wasn’t pounding the Tuaca while writing this, but I think it’s in pretty good. The People’s Author™ is going to deliver you a rip-snort of a read. This one gets into some deep shit, a little philosophical dive into the meaning of life, growth, happiness, and when murder changes from something abhorrent to something that must be done to survive. Don’t worry, the thematics are hidden behind Dexter-esque blood spatter, so if you just to enjoy me taking a baseball bat to yer dome, we got that.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
I can’t tell you! I’m not kidding. This sumbitch starts out with a bang, and I want you to experience the mystery with no cheats, no foreshadowing, no spoilers, and — frankly — no clue. No hints. Yes, I’m serious. By this point in my career, those who know me know me damn well. You know what you’re going to get from one of my books: a tight plot, fast pacing, “everyone is expendable,” “dead = dead” and clear evidence of serious wrench-time. I don’t phone it in. I’m taking yer monies, and you’ll be happy I did.
ARE THERE SPARKLY VAMPIRES?
SCOTT ARE YOU ALL FANCY NOW?
Baby, I was born fancy.
SERIOUSLY, GIVE US A HINT!
Maybe later. I have a headache right now. What I can tell you is this: I promise you that you want to buy this the day it comes out, and read it right away before you hear anything about it. Oh, wait, I already gave a hint and it is in this blog post.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO FINISH UP MANY MOONS WORTH OF GRUELING BRAIN-WORK?
Take the video below. Pretend the copy machine is the manuscript for ALIVE. You’ll get the picture.