Don Q. Public

The Next Big Thing​ interview


This series of interviews is by writers about their next major work. We all answer a standard series of questions, and then tag other writers. I was tagged by the poet Leigh Bell

And here is my interview:

What is the working title of your next manuscript?

Don Q. Public

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I read Don Quixote, and I thought, this chivalry stuff is SO out of place in our time. And then that became a challenge: how to make Don Quixote work in the 21st century.

What genre does your book fall under?
I flatter myself that this is serious literature and good entertainment, with comic book geek influences. That's my way of avoiding genre. It's a story about odd people. And I like odd people.

What actors would you choose to play the parts of your characters in a movie rendition?
I didn't have anyone in mind until I saw this question. But now that you mention it, Steve Buscemi as Don and Gabriel Iglesias as Pancho.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A middle-aged janitor in Ohio becomes a masked superhero, while quite aware that he has no powers beyond his extreme ideals.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
About nine months. I was working at a full-time job for the first six of those, and wrote about half of the book. Then I went freelance, and the last half came much more quickly.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to play with the Don Quixote story in a way that would work now, but I also wanted to change a few things. I wanted his apparent delusions to turn out to be correct.

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

If you grew up reading comic books, there's a whole level in this story that you will appreciate more than Normal People.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
New York had its chance; I'm going independent. It will be an ebook and a paperback, available through Amazon, Kobo, etc.

My tagged writers are...
Eric Nylund and Robert Ferrigno

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