photo credit: Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I don't know about too many other authors, but I love sharing with my readers and . . . it never hurts to get some pre-publication buzz out there. I really like both this cover and this title and both are so different from previous books of mine that I'd like readers to be comfortable both with the new look, the interesting and perhaps enigmatic title, and the new approach to the cover. As to the book itself, The Ophelia Cut marks the return of Dismas Hardy, and not just Diz but the whole gang -- his wife Frannie and daughter The Beck; Wes Farrell and Sam Duncan; Abe and Treya Glitsky; and most importantly, Moses McGuire (Frannie's brother), his wife Susan and their daughter Brittany. It's a big, dense, highly-emotional novel, a true courtroom drama in the vein of The 13th Juror, where Dismas Hardy defends his brother-in-law Moses, who has been accused of brutally murdering the man who raped his daughter.
I really hate when bad things happen to characters that I care about. Even so, I'm looking forward to reading The Ophelia Cut when it comes out. Before we wrap this up, what haven't we talked about yet, John?
I think we've done a pretty good job of covering quite a bit of my life and career. The only thing we haven't covered is the movie front . . . and for the excellent reason that to date there is none. That's been about the only serious professional disappointment in the past twenty-five years. Not that we haven't come close: last year, Laurence Fishbourne optioned the entire Dismas Hardy series for a television program called "The Hardy Chronicles." Though we had stars and a show runner and a deal in hand, we got nixed by the studios at the eleventh hour -- a bit of a heartbreak. For the present, I'm hoping something will develop either with that option or with a couple of feature opportunities in the next month or so. There are possibilities on the horizon -- I'll leave things at that for now. After all, suspense if my game.
Otherwise, I've just handed in my outline for the 2014 book, tentatively -- and I mean very tentatively -- entitled The Keeper. I should be starting to put down actual pages by the beginning of next week.
It never ends . . . and that's a good thing.
Thanks for being such a good sport about all my questions. This has been a total pleasure.
For me, as well, John. You made my day!
*[from John's website] It's pronounced "less-kwah" (the opposite of more-kwah)