WELCOME PRESTON LANG
Preston Lang is a freelance writer, living and working in New York City. The Carrier is his debut novel.
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Q&A with Preston Lang
Writing and Reading:
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
Definitely. Anything curious that’s happened to me is going to find its way into the work eventually. And for crime fiction writers, the news is like a faucet for ideas—just turn it on and see what kind of foul, sediment-flecked liquid pours out.
Once I read something in the news that was nearly identical to what I was writing at the time—scams involving parrots. I had to change some details around so it wouldn’t seem so obviously pilfered. It ended up not making sense and I junked the whole thing.
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
Sometimes the conclusion is clear from the start, but it doesn’t always work out that way. It’s much easier when it does.
Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
My room is very cold in winter and very hot in summer. So either I’m wearing a fleece or my bathing costume.
Is writing your full time job? If not, may I ask what you do by day?
At this point I consider all of the various writings my fulltime job, but I do supplement my income with other work. I’ve taught math and symbolic logic, moved furniture, and played lounge piano. Feel free to contact me if any of those services are needed.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I answer this question differently every time someone asks. There are so many right answers: James Cain, Herman Melville, George Eliot, Mindy Hung, Richard Stark.
What are you reading now?
Clean Break by Lionel White.
Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m working on a few things right now. I’ve got an idea for a book about a man who fakes his own drowning. He’s pursued to Brazil by a suave but sketchy detective working for an insurance company, and by an even shadier Quebecoise working for a drug cartel.
Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
Maybe I’d go old-timey with it: Barbara Stanwyck for Willow and Robert Donat for Cyril. I’m sure he could have pulled off the American accent.
Manuscript/Notes: hand written or keyboard?
Mostly keyboard, but if I’m out of the house I bring pen and paper.
Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
Music. Pretty soon I’ll have a book about musicians who are up to no good.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Debut Novel in the vein of Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiaasen and Laurence Shames
It’s a bad idea for a drug courier to pick up strange women in roadside bars. Cyril learns this lesson when the girl he brings back to his motel room points a gun at him.
But Willow isn’t the only one after the goods that Cyril’s been hired to pick up. A fast talking sex-offender and his oversized neighbor are also on the trail, as is Cyril’s sinister brother, Duane.
Willow and Cyril soon form an uneasy alliance based on necessity, lust, and the desire for a quick payday. But with so many dangerous players giving chase, will they nab their package?
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Genre: Crime Fiction
Published by: 280 Steps
Publication Date: March 2014
Number of Pages: 250
Purchase Links: Coming Soon
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