The Next Big Thing

Authors Johnny Drago and EC Crandall were tagged by Troll Thread author Sarah Dowling (Birds & Bees) to talk about their first book, as part of The Next Big Thing.

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What is the working title of the book?

Executive Privilege: An Erotic Satire by Dale Vigor and Teri Dee Strung

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for this book sprang from our heads fully-formed, like Athena crawling out of Zeus’ skull, or Jane Fonda crawling out of a bottle of white table wine.

What genre does your book fall under?

Experimental Jazzaerobic Corporate Soap Opera

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

Definitely Jane Lynch for Carolyne Feldencrest, done up in Ann Margaret corporate sleaze. Gay home fitness tycoon, Peter Mansfield, will be played by Anderson Cooper. Their respective lovers should be played by Tracy Chapman (Destiny) and, again, Anderson Cooper (Giles). A hologram of Jane Seberg, of course, will play administrative assistant Mipsy Mippenstein.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

A no holds barred sexual romp through America’s gay and lesbian corporate elite, circa 1983, OR Capitalism kills, aerobics save lives.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Three months of writing four or five nights a week. Imagine the video for a Paula Abdul ballad with lots of paper flying from typewriters and red-faced arguments over scotch and Keanu Reeves looking stupefied and out of place.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Falcon Crest, Dynasty, the surrealist novels of Gore Vidal, 80s women’s sitcoms, pulp, feminism, F=I=T=N=E=S=S poetry, Kalup Linzy, and our mutual contempt for HRC power gays.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Executive Privilege is the first book in a series of genre experiments called the Feldenfield Saga. The second book is a Cannonball Run cross country, murder mystery psychological thriller featuring the same cast of characters. It’s called Big Rig to Nowhere, or Honk If You’re Guilty.

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

Executive Privilege is out now, published by Baby Robot Press out of Atlanta.

Our tagged writers for next Wednesday are:

Topside Press authors Imogen Binnie and Kelli Dunham

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