For instance, Devil in the Hole began as Skin Deep, but it sounded like the title of a bad porn movie, so I always wanted something else. I was walking down the street listening to my iPod shuffle and Tom Waits came on singing “Way Down In The Hole,” and that was it.
Fiction genre? Ex science fiction, short story, fantasy novella, romance, drama, crime, plays, flash fiction, historical, comedy, etc. And how many pages long? It’s a crime novel and it’s 270 pages.
What is the date you began writing this piece of fiction and the date when you completely finished the piece of fiction?
It’s tough to put an exact date on something because I sometimes work on a few things at a time but I’d say I probably started it in the fall of 2014 and finished it around the beginning of 2016.
What were your writing habits while writing this work- did you drink something as you wrote, listen to music, write in pen and paper, directly on laptop; specific time of day? I’m very undisciplined. I write at all times of the day, whenever the mood strikes me. And never more than for ten or fifteen minutes at a time. In part, that’s due to suffering from nerve pain in my foot (the result of a surgery that went awry). But I’m a very fast typist, around 90 words a minute, and I can focus extremely well for those short spurts of time, so I can get a lot done. (Left: Charles Salzberg in 2016. Attributed to Ross Klavan. Copyright permission granted by Charles Salzberg for this CRC Blog Post Only)
Francis Hoyt, arrogant, athletic, brilliant, with a mean streak, is a master burglar, who believes he’s the best at what he does and he might be right. Charlie Floyd, a recently retired Connecticut State investigator and Manny Perez, a recently suspended Cuban-American Miami police detective, team up to bring Hoyt to justice. The novel is told in alternating voices, from the pov of the three men. The book opens as Hoyt makes his way from Florida up north, where he spends the spring, fall and summer in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, because that’s where the money is. Floyd and Perez try to anticipate Hoyt’s next move and when Hoyt eventually realizes the two are on his tail he begins to taunt them, daring them to catch him.
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