Author, Jeremy Bates, stopped by Bat Country today to chat with me his process. #amwriting His book, White Lies, comes out May 7th, 2012. Check his very cool web site http://www.jeremybatesbooks.com/ and book trailer.
White Lies blurb- While driving to a charming village tucked away deep in the Cascade Mountains of eastern Washington, where she is to begin a new job teaching high school English, Katrina Burton picks up a young hitchhiker who turns out to be drunk and predatory. Fearful for her safety, she lies about her destination in order to get him out of the car. But when she later discovers that he is a teacher at the same school, she finds herself feeding that initial lie with more lies.
Then Katrina meets a mysterious man. Handsome, charismatic and strong, he is exactly what she needs to extricate her from the expanding network of lies, now spinning out of control. She falls fast and hard for him.
But her perfect solution soon becomes a nightmare that lands her in the middle of a grisly murder. And Katrina’s problems don’t stop there. She must decide whether to betray her new love or to cover up the murder and hope for the best…until she discovers that the choice may not be hers to make.
Now let's get started!
What genre do you write in?
I write suspense/thriller. More specifically, I call the kind of books I write "situational thrillers." Regular people in bad situations. Sort of like Scott Smith's A Simple Plan. What would you do if you found four million dollars?
What is your process? (do you plan, outline, let the characters guide you, research before or during, etc)
Once I have an idea, I'll let it sit in my head for a couple weeks. Then I'll jot down a few pages of notes outlining a very general plot and info on the main characters. But after that I just go with it. Any research that comes up I do as I write.
How do you get into your character's frame of mind?
I think that just happens naturally. The characters are pretty thin when I start out. But after I get into the story, they sort of find themselves. Then I'll often have to go back and fix them up in the beginning, once I know them better.
Do you listen to music while you write? What is your favorite song for emotional scenes?
Definitely! I have no favorite song for any kind of scene. I could be writing an emotional scene and listening to AC/DC! Whatever is coming through the headphones at that time. Funny enough, if I mention a song in a novel, it's usually what I was listening while I was writing.
What have you published and what are you currently working on?
My debut novel is called White Lies. It will be released by Oceanview Publishing on May 7, 2012. I’m currently working on the next novel (still untitled at this point!)
What is your favorite book?
Tough question! There are so many. But I really like The Shining by Stephen King.
What is your favorite movie?
Again—tough to choose just one! The Talented Mr. Ripley (great book too!)
Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
I don’t have a specific favorite. But in general I tend to like the villains. They’re always fun to write and you can get away with a lot of stuff with them that you can’t with the heroes (like shooting people, doing drugs, whatever).
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A rock star!
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Here’s the key.