We’re only five days away from the official publication of Every Time He Dies. YAY!!!!
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This increase in exposure is invaluable.
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Now, on to this week’s topic.
You guys have been asking a ton of questions about ETHD, so I thought I’d put this blog together as a way to answer them! 1 / ETHD is a Hybrid Novel
When you boil it down, ETHD is a mystery novel as the book is shaped around a central mystery. Dah.
However, labelling ETHD this way is slightly misleading.
ETHD is not a tidy, read once, throw away mystery novel. Oh no, this baby’s got layers. She is about something.
ETHD draw upon many different genres. There are elements of crime, thriller, horror, supernatural, mysticism, romance and speculative fiction.
Basically, it’s Frankenstein’s monster: a stitched together beast whose parts I’ve pilfered from robbing the graves of multiple genres. But, that’s what makes her so damn beautiful — if you can get past her lopsided smile!
2 / ETHD is Not Your Average
This is connected to the last point, but it’s also a little bit different …
Though the book opens at a crime scene, a double homicide, ETHD is not a crime novel.
In fact, the crimes that occur in this novel do so as a way to keep the story moving forward.
The book isn’t about an unsolved crime, not really, it’s about what happens we bury our grief and isolate ourselves from our community and ourselves.
What this novel is really about is the characters. An early title for this book was Haunted. Not because the book has a ghost, but because ALL of the character’s are haunted by their past mistakes; mistakes they can never undo.
This book is an exploration of how our mistakes can have huge ramifications and how we can move through this.
3 / ETHD is Funny
After reading points one and two, you’re probably thinking, “Damn! This book sounds heavy!”
Look, a good book should contain both light and dark passages.
There are some sad moments and some moving exchanges, but this book is also very funny.
I mean, how could it not be?
I attached a ghost with amnesia to an embalmer who is suffering from PTSD and who doesn’t believe in anything woo-woo … I mean, that kind of character friction can’t be anything BUT funny.
4 / Research
I covered this a bit in one of my last posts, but it bears repeating.
One of the elements that makes Every Time He Dies so unique is the volume of research that informed the writing process.
I interviewed cops, psychic, mechanics, nurses, pharmacists, Filipino witch doctors (boy, howdy!), embalmers, funeral home directors, medics, detectives, and other crime authors.
Basically, I bought a lot of people a lot of coffee.
The reason I am telling you this is because I embedded all of their glorious knowledge into my book.
As a result, the scenes are visceral and authentic.
I describe the embalming process, the smell of the chemicals, the equipment used. I go deep into the psychological ramifications of working the beat and I’ve included colourful adaptations of stories told to me by Western and Eastern Healers.
Basically, ETHD is pretty awesome.
5 / Effort
I’ve made a lot of sacrifices in order to write this book: financial and personal.
I chose to invest in a master’s program where students spent one year developing their novel under the guidance of established writers and teachers. I worked with a brilliant mentor and hired a slew of professionals.
I quit my job, moved to a different city (three times!) and rented rooms with strangers (now friends) in order to study.
Much to everybody’s horror, I turned down a lucrative job in order to dedicate more time to study and writing.
And I haven’t even touched on the effort it required to write the book.
Needless to say, I’ve totally lost count of how many revisions this book went through.
There is only one scene (the climax) and one single paragraph (the opening paragraph) that has remained virtually the same since the day I wrote them. Everything else has been rewritten more times than I can count.
But it was all worth it.
When I started writing ETHD, I knew that I’d be figuring out how to write a novel while writing a novel.
It was a long and windy path, but I did reach the top of that summit. Eventually.
There’s no guarantee that my next hike up the novel-writing mountain will be any easier, but at least I will have a map and well broken-in shoes.
There you have it guys, the five things you need to know about ETHD. Remember to pre-order your copy BEFORE publication date (Tuesday, November 5) and enter my book giveaway. DETAILS BELOW!
EVERY TIME HE DIES
AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER + GIVEAWAY
‘Who knew that a book about murder, grief and disintegrated families could be so funny?’ – Paul Williams
‘A unique modern mystery that is one part psychic practices and one part police procedural. The fast pace, dynamic characters and intricate plot will keep readers hooked until the end.’ – Gregory James
‘It’s rare to find an Australian-set book of this scope and genre that could stand among its international peers and hold its own, but I won’t be surprised to see this book find its success in all corners of the crime genre reading world.’ – Shayla Morgansen
‘Can someone please make this into a TV series? This is a fabulous read and I want to see Liam and Daff on the small screen.’ – Carol Seeley
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Everyone who preorders a copy of Every Time He Dies (paperback or ebook) will go into the draw to win one of THREE MAJOR GRAND PRIZES.
To celebrate the release of Every Time He Dies, I’m running an EPIC book giveaway. The three grand prize packs include signed copies of:
🎉Dying in the First Person by Nike Sulway
🎉Bordertown by Gregory James
🎉Haunted by Shayla Morgansen
🎉The Spark Ignites by Kathleen Kelly
🎉Every Time He Dies by Tara Louise East
If you preorder a copy, simply take a snapshot of your proof of purchase and fill out the entry form here.
WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Everyone who preorders a copy will ALSO receive the first five chapters straight to their inbox. Not only will this tide you over until the book arrives, but it’s also my way of saying thanks!