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Nov
29

Last week, Gary Jonas tagged me to join into the Next Big Thing, a blog thread in which various writers discuss their latest projects. Gary was tagged by Simon McCaffery; Simon was tagged by Weston Ochse; Weston was tagged by Tim Lebbon.  This week you can also check out Brian Hodge.

Next week, I’ll pass the buck to Charles Schmidt and Melissa Yuan-Innes.

Since my latest project is a book of short stories (Control by CC Geddes), I mostly concentrated on my next project. Since Beach Bitches (by Cindie Geddes) is the “next project” that I had the most answers for, it’s the one I wrote about here. But don’t be fooled into thinking it will actually be my next project. It could just as likely by the desperately-needs-a-new-title The Fourth Day (by CC Geddes). It all depends on which book my publisher can wrangle out of my first.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Beach Bitches (it’s the first in a planned series)

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

A workshop (Master Class) with Kris Rusch and Dean Smith where I had to come up with a whole lot of ideas in a very short time. I was brainstorming takeoffs from 50s beach movies with my friend Jennifer Baumer, having written myself into a corner with a series idea. She came up with the title. I had less than ten minutes to write a synopsis to go with the title for the workshop, then came home and wrote a book to go with that synopsis. So I did the whole thing backwards.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Mystery

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Holly Hunter for my main character, Mere, even though she’s way too short, and I’d always had Michael Clarke Duncan in mind for Karl Wreizen. I’m still so sad about his passing I don’t even want to think about it. He was one of my favorite actors.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? (I reject the one-sentence synopsis. In my practice at breaking the rules, here’s the synopsis I want to include here instead:)

Every beach has them

Those girls. Those skinny, perky, young girls, in all shades and the one size.

In Vegas, the beaches are manmade and bow at the feet of giant casinos. Same with the girls. And forty-year-old Mere Unger, Manager of Beach Talent at the Oasis megahotel, is their boss.

For the past seven years, Mere has played den mother to a pack of skinny models with spray-on tans and push-up bras. But when one of the girls is found stuffed into the base of an all-you-can-eat buffet cart, Mere learns that while money may not make the world go round, it sure gives Las Vegas one hell of a spin.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be published by Lucky Bat Books, no agent representation.

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

Three months

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

I hate comparisons because it feels so arrogant to compare my work to anyone I like. But I’d like to capture the world I’m exploring the way Harlan Coben does with his Myron Bolitair books; I’d like to have my series character Mere Unger be as complex and grow as much as Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole; and I’d like her to be as tough and cool as Des Zamorano’s Inez Leon.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Sleep deprivation, The Game, creative desperation, Kris Rusch, Dean Smith, Loren Coleman, Chris York, and the wildly unnerving support of everyone at that Master Class.

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

I thought I was making up the idea that women were paid to just be beautiful and lounge around pools. But after researching Vegas, it turns out I’m not as creative as I thought. Not on the basic premise of my Bitches, not on the particulars of high rollers or the beauty industry. Nothing I could make up turned out to be as far-fetched as really exists -– from underground villas for the camera-shy wealthy to women bleaching the whites of their eyes to keep themselves looking young.

Cindie Geddes

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