Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir" will be at the Vegas Valley Book Festival on November 6th

(The table poster I'll be using at the Vegas Valley Book Festival)

On Saturday, November 6th, at 2pm, I will be selling inscribed copies of Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

The signing will last for an hour, and I will be selling paperback copies of the book for $8 cash.

The Vegas Valley Book Festival is being held in downtown Las Vegas at the historic Fifth Street School building, and the event will feature 100 different authors, including such heavy-hitters as T.C. Boyle and Dennis Lehane.

As I am a lowly first-time author who is unrepresented by a major publishing house, my table will be located in the Fountain Courtyard area, and I will be given a mere 2 minutes to introduce myself at the podium.

This is what I am planning to say:

"My name is J.J. Wylie, and I wrote a vampire thriller called Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir. I never planned on writing a vampire book, and if you'd told me 2 years ago that my first published novel would be a vampire story, I would've laughed in your face.

"But Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir is the product of 3 unforeseen factors:

"1. In May of 2009, I had a kind of midlife crisis and decided to quit my well-paying corporate job to pursue my lifelong dream of being a full-time writer.

"2. Later that summer, my girlfriend brought home the DVD of 'Twilight' which we then tried valiantly to watch.

"3. As we struggled to watch a movie that apparently had been written for virginal, hormone-addled teenage girls, I began to imagine a 'real' vampire watching this movie and getting pissed off. So, by the time the movie was over, I had 3 pages of in-character vampire ranting about how people have no idea what it's really like to be a vampire.

"Although that original rant never made it into the final version of Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir, I finished the book with the idea of creating a locally-set thriller that is both a variation and an homage to the kind of vampire entertainment that seems to be everywhere nowadays.

"Most importantly, I wanted it to be fun to read, in a violent and sexy, R-rated kind of way -- as opposed to a boring, brooding, PG-13 kind of way. An R-rating just seems fitting for a thriller based in Sin City.

"And, yes, I am planning to publish a sequel. Thank you."

What do you think?

I hope to see all of you there at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

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