The Next Big Thing – Tag! You’re IT!

Posted: November 17, 2012 in Guest Blogs, Other Writing by AJ Kirby, Writing Talk

ajkBy A.J. Kirby

I’ve been tagged by Marilyn Baron who writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers and paranormal romance to talk about my next big thing in this chain-blog. Read on through these Q’s and A’s and you’ll get to see who I pass on the baton to…

What is the working title of your next book?  

Aha. Spoiler alert! Spoiler alert! It’s Dead Man’s Folly. Or at least I think it is. I’m five chapters in and this is the working title, though I’ve also been known to call it ‘that ornery bastard.’

Where did the idea for the book come from?  

The more novels I write, the more I have come to understand that they stem from the happy confluence of two, or maybe more ‘good ideas’. One, or other of these ideas might have been flowing along quite happily for quite a while, minding its own business, not really pestering to be written. But then something will happen, some flash flood of ideas, and suddenly I’ll see how they can all flow together as one… And then, they won’t shut up. I’ll hear from these ideas, these characters, these plots all day long. All night long too, until I’m punching the pillow with frustration. This new novel throws together an artist, a gambling addict, a serial killer and makes them meet in my current city of residence, Leeds. I’ve been wanting to ‘write Leeds’ again since the publication of my first novel, The Magpie Trap, only, I’ve been somewhat sidetracked in my fictional settings of Limm (Paint this town Red),  Newton Mills (Bully, The Haunting of Annie Nicol), and ‘Elegant’/ PerWorld (Perfect World). In a way, its a restriction to write a real place, but in a way, I’m enjoying this…

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s dark fiction, obviously, as I’m AJ Kirby. That’s what I do. Unlike Bully and Paint this town Red, however, this dark moral fable has a crime thriller thrust. Think The Magpie Trap, and When Elephants Walk Through the Gorbals

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

In this book? Well, call it a cliche, but I’d have Kierston Wareing – – as my female detective. Her partner would be played by Gerard Butler, but fat-stage Gerard Butler, you know, like in the film, Law Abiding Citizen. I don’t want to give too much away about my serial killer, so I won’t give you an actor for him.. or her.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?   

Prodigal son returns to Leeds to wreak havoc.

Will your book be self-published or represented by a traditional publisher?

I want to finish it first. But if anyone wants to make me an offer…? One thing I do know is it won’t be self-published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Erm… Still cracking on with the bugger. It has a pretty hefty word count though. I’ve been working on it 5 months off and on, and hope to finish by… Do I give myself a deadline? Do I give myself a deadline?  Do I give myself a deadline?  Ah, go on then… Let’s say end of Jan 2013.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Take a look at John Connolly’s dark crime stuff for a few hints.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The impossible dream.

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

It was all written in my own blood.

If you want to learn more about me and my books and stories, please visit:

And I tag:

In turn, I’d like to invite readers to visit the blogs of the following authors in the next few weeks to find out about their Next Best Thing.

Estonian spooky-story-smith and fellow TWB Press author Edith O’ Deer, who blogs here:

  1. Marilyn Baron says:


    This is great. You are such a wonderful writer and you have a fantastic sense of humor. I’m glad I tagged you. I enjoyed reading about your next book.

  2. […] been tagged by AJ Kirby , a very extraordinary dark fiction writer to talk about my Next Big Thing. […]

  3. edithodeer says:

    Thank you, Andrew, and may I say I’m looking forward to reading your new novel. Sounds very interesting.

  4. Thanks Marilyn, Edith, for stopping by with your comments. I enjoyed answering the questions, as well as reading your answers Marilyn, and I’ll look forward to reading Edith’s in due course.

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