I'm sitting in my office on this chilly Thursday morning, waiting impatiently for the spring weather to finally embrace us, thinking about what my next project is going to be.
Actually, I know what the next project is going to be. That's THE INFINITE LEAGUE, about the single mother / former police officer who ends up investigating the world of costumed super-heroes after a freak accident leaves her responsible for the death of someone very important to the entire world. It's finished, I'll just be tweaking it this year for it's release in Autumn.
And I'm already working on the project after that. It's I LAUGH TOO MUCH, which is just a minor book filled with the dozens of funny stories and situations I've been party to in my experiences as a writer, a casino dealer, a soldier, a friend, a husband, a father and a human being.
And the next novel is going to be another supernatural adventure about an angel, a demon, and the adventure they have together when they quit their jobs.
But there's something else I've always wanted to do, and I'm seriously thinking about tackling this as my next project. Does anyone out there remember THE FIGHTING FANTASY books, mostly penned by Steve Jackson?
These books were all the rage in the 1980s, back before we had mobile app games on our cell phones (or cell phones, for that matter.) Essentially, it was a "Choose Your Own Adventure" game taken to the next level. You built a simple character chart, grabbed a pair of dice, and read the story. The story was told placing the reader as the main character, and when you came to the end of the paragraph, you'd have to make a choice. If you went into the red door, turn to page 12. If you went out the window, turn to page 388. That sort of thing.
In these books, you would occasionally get into a battle, and you would use the dice to simulate a battle. If you lost, you would close the book and try again another day. If you won, you would read on and continue the story. The point was to get through the adventure, and find the happy ending.
I'm thinking about writing one of these myself. A good spooky adventure with all the supernatural, fantasy and humorous qualities that I'm known for.
So toss your opinions my way. Do you think anyone would pay $10 for a book like this? Should it be marketed towards an adult audience with a dark and seedy tone, because the majority of people who loved these books are grown-ups now anyway? Or do you think there are enough kids who actually read these days, and I should keep the tone clean and market this as a young adult book?
I'd love to know what you think? Have a great day, everyone!