Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Liquid Fear: Squishy On the Inside - Guest Post by Scott Nicholson + Giveaway

Today fate is smiling again on those who like their books to deliver just the right amount of frisson and chills since mystery thriller author Scott Nicholson is not only here to tell us a bit of behind the scenes secret regarding his latest release, but is also giving away some thrilling prizes!

Please welcome Scott Nicholson!

Liquid Fear: Squishy On the Inside
by Scott Nicholson

It was terrible.

I’d set a deadline months before finishing Liquid Fear, anchored around an ad date I’d purchased a while back. I had a few chapters, and I was intrigued by the story, which is always a good sign. If writers bore themselves, there’s no hope anyway. And I raced toward the deadline and got the first draft finished, and I was like “Uh oh, this blows sugar-frosted monkey chunks…”

Panic time. What’s funny is the “fear” of not finishing or the panic of the sprint added to my intensity while writing, and I hope it imbued the work with fear, because that’s what the book is about—your worst fears and what you’ll do to forget them.

Even in that first-draft misery, I knew what I needed to fix, so I went back in with a road map. I usually do first drafts for story, and it’s completely “What happens next?” because I have no idea how things will turn out. But the second drafts are more academic, going in with a plan, understanding the book a little better.

After the second draft, I liked the book and thought the loose ends were tied up, but I also wanted to make sure each character was individual, so I made one more major pass (for those who read about bestselling authors doing 20 drafts of each book, let me assure you I do plenty of section edits, revisions, and back-up-and-erase exercise in addition to major start-to-finish passes. Plus some writers never do a second draft, or, like James Patterson or a politician hiring a PR firm to issue statements, they never read what they have supposedly written).

The Red ChurchI don’t think you need multiple drafts. My novel The Red Church was basically a first draft with some polish and it has done pretty well, both in its mass-market life and now as an indie e-book. But Liquid Fear had a few tricks—well, heck, maybe they are gimmicks—where the characters sometimes forget things because of the drugs they are forced to take.

I usually don’t re-read my old novels. Actually, I don’t think I ever have. Probably because I’d see something I wanted to fix. So, Liquid Fear, three drafts is what you needed this time around. If I screwed up, I blame the character who forgot something. I mean, those guys, they’ve got massive holes in their brains. Let’s give them a break, okay?

Heck, maybe there’s a sequel in there somewhere. Liquid Panic. Solid Fear. Gaseous Anxiety.

Never mind. Gaseous Anxiety sounds like a dorm-room cookbook. Let’s stick with Liquid Fear.

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.

(Scott’s mystery/thriller Liquid Fear is launching at the sale price of 0.99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords—the signed paper version can be preordered at Haunted Computer).


Scott has generously offered 2 copies of Thank You for the Flowers to two lucky commentators!

Thank You for the Flowers: Stories of Suspense & Imagination

1 signed paperback copy to a US and 1 ebook copy to an international commentator.

All you have to do is

1) leave a question/comment for Scott
2) leave a way to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)
3) say whether you live are a US or international entrant

You can have +2 entries for tweeting and posting on Facebook about the guest post and giveaway, you can use the Share button underneath the post (for the extra entries to count please post the direct links in a comment below.)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 13 April 2011.

Good luck!

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