THE NEXT BIG THING: AGENCY WOMAN by John A. A. Logan
The idea of this is that a writer puts up a post on his or her own blog answering ten questions about his/her work in progress, and then “tags” three – or five, depending on which version you see – other writers to do the same. Then, the writer posts a link to his/her “tagger” and to the people he/she is “tagging” so that readers who are interested can visit those pages and perhaps discover some new authors whose work they’d like to read.
I was tagged by Dan Holloway:
I had the pleasure to meet Dan a year ago, when we appeared on an author panel together at London Book Fair, for the launch of the Alliance of Independent Authors.
(He even gave me his own coffee when he saw I didn’t have any!)
He has recently released “Evie and Guy: A novel with no words”, which is available for download at Dan’s site there.
I’ve enjoyed exchanging notes with Dan now and then over the last year, regarding some lesser-known gems of European literature and cinema!
I was also tagged by Steve Christie, author of crime thriller, Good Deed:
Good Deed is a fast paced crime novel that introduces a new Scottish detective hero, DI Ronnie Buchanan. Events take Buchanan from his base in Aberdeen on a frantic journey around all the major Scottish cities as his increasingly deadly pursuit of a mysterious criminal master mind known only as Vince comes to a breath-taking climax back in Aberdeen.
“The pace of Good Deed is exceptional and unremitting. It is the kind of book that demands to be read in one sitting, but most readers will be so breathless as the saga unfolds without pause that they will need occasional rests before eagerly returning for more.”
The writers I have tagged in my turn appear at the bottom of this post.
What is the working title for your book?
Where did the idea come from for this book?
I started writing the book in January 2006. The psychological (and actual) remilitarisation of the West after the post- 9/11 declaration of War on Terror had been in full swing for some time by then. Cases of extraordinary rendition, abduction of suspected terrorists, using air bases on UK soil, had come to light in the media. It occurred to me that, in an age of bureaucracy and subcontracting, such an operation taking place in the remote Scottish Highlands, could go terribly wrong.
What genre does your book fall under?
Psychological suspense/espionage thriller
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm…I’d have to organise a time machine and go back to the 1970s for the cast: Jenny Agutter, Roman Polanski, Ian Bannen, Freddie Jones…Peter Firth…Ruth Gordon...and then, in that ideal world, if I could get Polanski or Kubrick to direct…
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The most reluctant, traumatised secret agent in the world is lured out of early retirement by lust, only to find his small Scottish Agency has taken on a deadly subcontracting job it can never possibly fulfil.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published…or what I prefer to call E-published!
I had my first, second, and fifth, novels signed up by literary agencies.
Agency Woman is my fourth novel, but one which I’ve been working away at now for...seven years…and all independently.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I said, the “War on Terror”…but I can also see the seed of subtle inspiration that came my way via Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold…and the off-the-wall aspects of The Eiger Sanction. Also, the beautiful beaches and mountains of Sutherland, wonderful locations, and seldom used for international intrigue!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The mountain. The mountain becomes an object of near-spiritual quest for the novel’s protagonist, a place to head for when the horrors at sea level overwhelm, at some point I realised that the mountain had somehow become the heart of the book.
*** The following three writers are all exceptionally talented, which is why I am tagging them for The Next Big Thing.
Roz Morris, author of My Memories of a Future Life and Nail Your Novel.
Orla Broderick, author of The January Flower.
Reb Macrath, author of The Vanishing Magic of Snow and Nobility.