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I'm a writer, publishing both as SJ Rozan and, with Carlos Dews, as Sam Cabot. (I'm Sam, he's Cabot.) Here you can find links to my almost-daily blog posts, including the Saturday haiku I've been doing for years. BUT the blog itself has moved to my website. If you go on over there you can subscribe and you'll never miss a post. (Miss a post! A scary thought!) Also, I'll be teaching a writing workshop in Italy this summer -- come join us!
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The Next Big Thing

Okay, there's a game of internet tag going on among writers: when you get tagged you answer some questions about your next work and then tag other writers. Naomi Hirahara tagged me, so here goes:

1) What is the working title of your next book?


2) Where did the idea come from?

This is a collaboration. It's based on an idea from my collaborator, Carlos Dews.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

It's a paranormal thriller. Three things I never thought I'd do: paranormal, thriller, collaboration. I'm having the best time writing I've had in years. My inner science fiction comic book geek is coming out in a big way.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Ewan McGregor and Julianne Moore. We also have a juicy role for Tommy Lee Jones, and one for Daniel Day-Lewis, my new heart-throbs. (Okay, I just saw LINCOLN.)

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A lot of people, and some who aren't people, run madly around Rome trying to find a lost document that, if made public, will bring down the Catholic Church. Some want it published, some want it supressed. And some are lying about what they really want... Okay, that's three sentences. It's a complicated book.

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

Represented by the Axelrod Agency, published by Blue Rider, a Penguin imprint.

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

Still writing! Will have been a year.

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


9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Certain oddities of art in the churches of Rome were the seeds of inspiration.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

What's better than Jesuits, Bernini, Bramante, vampires, and cappuccino?

I'm tagging Reed Farrel Coleman, Leonard Rosen, Steve Ulfelder, and Annamaria Alfieri. They'll be posting their answers next Wednesday on their blogs if they have them, and/or on Facebook, Twitter, or, as we say in the Bronx, wherevuh.

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