To celebrate the release of #STATIC by Eric Laster (4/19/16), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Eric and 10 chances to win a copy of #STATIC, as well as a chance to win a 6-in-1 Bluetooth Entertainment Center in the Grand Prize Giveaway!
with Eric Laster
How long did it take you to write #Static?
This question is harder to answer than it should be. Generally, I work on several projects at once, and I often set a piece down for weeks or months at a time to gain emotional distance and be more ruthless when revising/continuing it. Partial drafts of #Static were lying around for years, but I’d guess that I spent somewhere between fifteen and twenty-four months writing it.
Did you have different ideas to start the book and then the book went somewhere else?
To be honest, I didn’t have any ideas when I started the book. I never outline. Writing, for me, is exploration, discovering where the characters of a would-be book or story want to go. The process is kind of similar to threading through a maze backwards; the further into a story I get, the choices for an ending become fewer and fewer until there is seemingly only one possible choice, much as there’s (often) only one way through a maze. Why this is so: the choices I, as author, make in the beginning and middle parts of a story determine what choices are available to me by that story’s end.
Do I have a routine? Sort of. I don’t generally give myself a word quota per day (as in, I have to write X words a day), though I might institute such quotas for a week or two. I write with a pencil, on unlined white paper, outside. Something about natural light and graphite coursing over the page provoke my imagination. One of the books I ghostwrote was composed entirely at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, CA.
Stop by The Fandom tomorrow for the next stop on the tour!
When Curtis Brooks starts receiving phone calls from his older brother Wilt, who’s been dead a week, he’s sure it’s to help him find evidence that will lead to a murderer’s arrest. But Wilt claims he wasn’t murdered; his calling, meant to help him adjust, is standard protocol for newly deceased at the Aftermart—a kind of inescapable, ever-expanding Walmart filled with discontinued products.
Wilt’s death ruled a homicide, Curtis embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer, which soon has him scheming against a billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend Suzy, all while struggling through high school and his single mom’s poor choices.
Why does Wilt help Curtis win over Suzy, even as he organizes a rebellion at the Aftermart? Who’d wanted him dead? Curtis risks his life to answer these questions, in the process forging a bond with his brother unlike any they’ve ever had.
- One (1) winner will receive a 6-in-1 Bluetooth Entertainment Center ($99.99), some vinyl records pressed and recorded by Eric Laster, and a finished copy of Static!
- Enter via the rafflecopter below
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