Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Sean Cregan has been a CrimeSpot favorite since time immemorial (in Internet years, anyway). Here he talks about his online novel MURDER PARK.
Graham's very kindly asked me if I wanted to use this spot to talk about my ongoing serial novel (or serialisation of a novel; some people get very fussy over terminology) MURDER PARK. So: I have a more-or-less cyberpunk thriller serial novel called MURDER PARK which you can read twice-weekly at murderpark.seancregan.com. Thank you, and good night!
I'm kidding. There's more.
The book would've been the third one for my last publisher if they'd been able to offer me another deal for similar novels to the first couple I'd given them, but enthusiasm for the unsellable only runs so far and they had to decline when I was just over two-thirds finished. It sat on my hard drive for a year until I had the chance to reread it, edit it, and finish it off with the aim of serialising it in mind. Which I'm glad I had the chance to do; I've never had to down tools on something so far in before and I'm happy it's not been wasted.
The real challenge for this - for any story, but I suspect especially for serials, and for stories which don't have an especially easy genre label to attach to them - is to see it find an audience. Obviously the long runtime helps, but it's hard to find places to say, "Hey, here's a thing to read!"
(Hat tip, obviously, to Graham, who's just allowed me to do exactly that here.)
But that's something to work on as and when. I don't much enjoy advertising, even for something that's primarily a labour of love. The main meat of telling a story is actually telling a story, and on that score, rereading and tweaking each installment as it goes up, I'm happy. I might be the only one, but this thing that I wrote in some parts two years ago is pretty good, I think. To look back, reasonably pleased, on something you've created is always a nice feeling as a writer. If other people end up enjoying it, well, that's all the better.
I should probably end with a bit of bumf about the thing itself, so here goes. MURDER PARK follows the hunt for a stolen child in the slums of Manila. A young assassin framed for murder wants the kid in order to buy her way home to the States. A professional thief needs to find him if he's to avoid the bloody revenge of the criminal clan head who blames him for the death of his daughter. A local gang member is also out for revenge, tracking a third American who wants the child as a pawn in a power play for control of a slumland cult, an American who gunned down his own younger brother. But even if they find the boy, are they all really willing to use a child to save their own skins, or will conscience force them to do right by him? And if it does, how will they get revenge, get out, get home, without the vast forces fighting over him destroying them?
And now: exit, pursued by a bear.
- Sean C.
posted by Graham Powell at 4:37 PM