The Next Big Thing: Miss Montreal

Dec 06, 2012

THE NEXT BIG THING: MISS MONTREAL

What is the working title of your next book?

Miss Montreal.

Where did the idea come from?

I was born and raised in Montreal and wanted to set a book there that reflected some of the political and linguistic tensions for which the city (and province of Quebec ) are known.

What genre best defines your book?

First-person P.I. thriller.

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

Besides me?(Hey, I trained in theatre back in the last century.) I’ve always liked Zach Braff for his humour and openness, though I’m not sure he has the physical presence to play a martial artist like Jonah Geller. Same for David Krumholz of Numb3rs fame. Has the look and feel of Jonah but if kind of small (not that that discouraged the makers of Jack Reacher from hiring a certain height-challenged actor).

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Toronto PI Jonah Geller and former hit man Dante Ryan investigate the murder of a Montreal journalist who got caught up in religious fanaticism, gunrunning and politics.

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

It is represented by the Helen Heller Agency and will be published by Random House Canada May 28, 2013.

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

About six months, once the bulk of the research was done. That’s about average for my books so far.

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

I’ve been favourably compared to Robert B. Parker and Robert Crais—I’ll take those two any day.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I live in Toronto and have written about Buffalo, Chicago and Boston—but never Montreal. I thought it was time to set a story in my home town, and have just begun work on another book that takes place there in 1950, when it was Canada’s version of Havana or Vegas.

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

Jonah finally gets the girl in this book, which he had previously failed to do. The colour of Montreal, the grit and glamour, make for a great setting.  There’s more of Dante Ryan in this one, which will please readers who love that character. And it has the same blend of action, humour and heart fans of Jonah Geller expect.

Now for the tags: Look for their posts next week and consider trying…their Next Big Thing!

Jill Edmondson, Sean Chercover, Rick Blechta.