(Scott’s mystery/thriller Liquid Fear is launching at the sale price of 99 cents at Amazon, BN.com, and Smashwords—signed paper version can be preordered at Haunted Computer).
How scared are you?
Back when I first started Liquid Fear, I was pretty scared. It was a bleak time in my life, my book contracts at run out, and I was running a household by myself. My agent at the time said “Try a thriller,” without specifying any particular genre. I like thrillers, so it sounded like a fun change from my supernatural novels, which often used thriller elements anyway.
The problem was that I had to write an outline so the agent could pitch it to this editor who was a fan of my work. I have never outlined in my life, except for in the old days when for some bizarre reason publishers made you write an outline for books you’d already written before they would look at the book.
So I wrote a few chapters and came up with an outline that made little sense, because I had no idea what had happened in the story. How the heck do I know what these characters will do, especially while their minds are being scrambled by drugs that alternately make them rage and forget?
Long story short, the editor said “It’s confusing” and I think that was the end of that. I eventually left that agent, who was a good guy and tried hard but we just ran out of steam. I left the idea dormant for a few years, though I continued to research feel-good pharmaceuticals (reading, not taking!). When the indie era happened, I published my bestseller Disintegration, and since I now had the freedom to do whatever I wanted, I decided to find out what happened to those people in Liquid Fear.
The result—those people are wackos and I hope you never run into them on the street, especially when they are Seething!
Liquid Fear. A little drop will do.
Scott Nicholson is author of 20 books, including The Red Church, The Skull Ring, Speed Dating with the Dead, and Drummer Boy. Visit Haunted Computer to learn more or order signed books.
Scott Nicholson is author of 20 books, including Disintegration, The Skull Ring, The Red Church, and Speed Dating with the Dead. Visit him at Haunted Computer.