A little background: Several months ago, I was asked to answer a few questions for a Q&A tied to the release of the e-anthology West Coast Crime Wave. I've got a story in the book, you see -- an old chestnut called "Fred Menace, Commie for Hire." You can pick up the antho here or here (but not here) if you wanna check it out.
The Q&A never ran, however, and I'm not the type to waste 13.4 minutes of hard work. So I'm posting my answers here.
Maybe after reading them, you'll understand why they were never used in the first place....
Me: I've been writing since the age of 4. My first big project was the letter O. I later moved on to other letters of the alphabet and, after mastering them, words. Then came sentences. Eventually, I produced my first paragraph. After that, there was no stopping me! Except for all the things stopping me. Like being 7 and having no idea I wanted to be a writer. By 11, I had everything figured out, though. I wrote my first bit of serious genre fiction -- a Star Trek story called "A Space-Age Hitler!" -- and a mere 27 years later my first novel was published. That novel (the historical mystery Holmes on the Range) was a finalist for the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus and Dilys awards. So obviously it was terrible. Fortunately, the publishing industry is known far and wide for its magnanimity, and I was allowed to keep publishing books until I eventually produced a bestseller (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls). Now that I'm an overnight success, my goal is to stretch the inevitable failure to follow over the course of several decades, if not centuries.
Me: After reading the collected works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, I came to the conclusion that no one had ever written a mystery set in post-World War II Los Angeles. To make my story even more unique, I decided to throw in a private investigator. And as if that weren't enough, I made him a tough guy with a fondness for colorful metaphors. Crazy, I know! But that's just the kind of cutting edge, experimental writer I am.
X: This anthology is an e-book from a new publisher. In general, how do you as an author see the opportunities in publishing changing with the growth of e-books?
Me: Barring a breakdown in negotiations or the complete collapse of the publishing industry, I should be able to announce my next project very, very soon. My money's on the complete collapse of the publishing industry.