July 04, 2011

Unread Interview - Guy James

Please welcome Guy James for this week's Unread Interview! Guy is promoting his latest book, Rats on Strings! We have a Giveaway as well, so after you are done reading, click the button just below!

Unread Interview is a series where I feature authors whose books I couldn't accept for review because of time or logistics issues.
From AmazonJust as he is in the midst of being dumped by his girlfriend, a miserable New York lawyer is struck by an idea: an idea that he believes might be his escape from the soul-sucking practice of law. He embarks on a quest to fulfill his bizarre vision, and finds himself the unlikely hero of a very strange adventure.
Paperback Version at Amazon.

Tell us a bit about your book (s).
"Rats on Strings" is the story of a down-on-his-luck New York lawyer who is trying to escape his firm job. 
The book is very much an outgrowth of my own experience as a lawyer, and of my own desire to escape the practice.

Have you ever wanted to be a writer? When did you start writing "seriously"?
I never really wanted to be a writer until two years ago, after I got the idea for the premise of "Rats on Strings." Until then, ficting writing as something I would do had never crossed my mind. Since then I've been writing some every day, and I find that I enjoy it very much.

Do you read much? What kind of books do you usually read?
I read all the time. My favorite genres include horror, fantasy, and dystopian fiction...but I'll read just about anything.

What are your favorite or least favorite scenes to write?
The scenes I enjoy most are the ones that take on a life of their own--they practically write themselves. Those are the most interesting because writing them is a matter of sitting back and watching the scenes develop.

Do you relate more to any of your characters? Why?
In "Rats on Strings," the viewpoint character is based, at least loosely, on me.

Which genre do you feel it would be a challenge to write?
I couldn't write romance, or high octane crime thrillers. I don't relate to them much and wouldn't know where to start...but I'm not saying I will never try.

What inspires you? And how's your writing environment - music, place, etc.?
Books inspire me when they communicate ideas that stay with me, leaving me with something that I remember or think about.
I do my best writing in silence or with light music, and alone, but I find the flow of writing to vary unpredictably--sometimes it's easy and sometimes it's near impossible to get the words out, regardless of setting.

What would you say about the book - your words, no blurbs! - to convince someone to read your book?
I think the plot of my first book is strange and unique, and there's something in it for everyone. I strove for a deeper meaning, one that is memorable, and (I hope) entertaining in its delivery.

What are your plans for the future, writing-wise? New books, sequels, publishing deals, etc.
I am currently writing the first book in each of two separate series. The book getting most of my attention right now is a zombie novel with some twists to the usual theme. I hope to have both complete by year-end.

Thank you, Guy, for your time and feel free to come back anytime :)