Recently, Tom Drinkard, author of many riveting thrillers, asked me to participate his Blog Hop.
What's a blog hop? You can find out here at Tom's Blog Hop.
Facebook: Thomas Drinkard
Here is a synopsis of Tom's latest book:
A vampire novel with a unique, modern twist. Wil Boyd is a vampire, but he is also a soldier. He is deployed to Afghanistan and his hunger leads to discovery of his secret. The man who Boyd tells about himself, Vic Russell, is a former Special Operations soldier who has lost half of one leg, but aches to become part of combat operations again. In Boyd, Russell sees a weapon to terrorize the terrorists. This is the first in series.
Tom's a great guy and a wonderful writer, please head over and check it out!!
Now, for my part of this venture, I’ve been asked to answer the following questions.
1: What is the working title of your book?
Virtuoso: a Gus LeGarde Mystery
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
When my daughter Melanie was a student at the Eastman School of Music, the setting called to me. It just needed to have a mystery happening in those hallowed halls! Also, we took my grandson Julian to the Rochester Museum of Art many times, and I used to stand in front of one particular Monet painting for long periods of time. I decided it deserved a place in one of my mysteries, too!
3: What genre does your book fall under?
Mystery and Suspense
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Male lead – Yannick Bisson (he plays William Murdoch in Murdoch Mysteries) as Gus LeGarde
Female lead – Jessica Brown Findlay (she plays Sibyl in Downton Abbey!) as Camille Coté:
5.0 Synopsis of your book?
Art and music collide in this special edition based on Dale Lazar's ancestor, Emma Cunningham. When a handsome but decadent Greek tenor from the Eastman School of Music stalks Gus’s stepdaughter, Shelby, Gus rallies to protect her innocence. He asks for help from his old friend, Byron who works at the college. Gus and Byron become involved in an investigation dealing with a Monet canvas found in a plane wreck. Is the painting real, or fake? And why are people dying to protect the secrets? Through it all, Gus discovers a shocking tie to the past through the artwork of his great, great aunt, Emma Mabel Clark.
6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will be submitting it to my publisher, Lida Quillen at Twilight Times Books, soon.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two months.
8: What other work of fiction would you compare this story to within your genre?
All of the Gus LeGarde mysteries.
9: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Shelby is put in serious danger in this episode – she’s now a fully blossomed teenager who falls madly for a young Greek tenor at the Eastman School of Music. It drives Gus and Camille mad!
Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to drop me a line at aaron dot lazar at yahoo dot com. ;o)
- Aaron Lazar