Monday, April 23, 2012

Finalist #9

Rounding out the list of finalist at nine is Bob Mangeot!

Tell us about your book:
A historian lured to Brussels finds a waiting criminal network convinced he's a dangerous vigilante. When his daughter follows, he must pull off the part.

Why do you want to attend Backspace?
I don’t like or even love to write. I live for it. The Backspace experience will help my game match my writing.

Are you afraid to eat lunch with a Shark?

With a Shark, no. Chummed up as lunch for a shark, yes. For the record, I'm mostly gristle.

West Side Story: Jets or Sharks?
When you’re a Shark, you’re a Shark all the way. Every time I think I’m out, they keep dragging me back in…

If you could save the life of any one fictional character who would it be and why?

Queequeg (Moby-Dick). A harpoon-wielding cannibal philosopher prince in a top hat? Best. Character. Ever. It shook me when he went down with the Pequod.

Is there a book that makes you think "If I could write one thing like that, I’d die happy."
One? It may sound unoriginal, but Catch-22 for its humor and drama blended into powerful fiction. I read it like the blown-away MTV commercial guy.

What's the most terrifying thing you've lived through?

A tornado hit where I used to work. On my birthday. While co-workers presented me with cake. You learn a lot about foot speed.

When you're published, what will you do to Pay It Forward?
No-brainer: another new voice contest. If they'd have me, dedicated time to MWA, local writing groups and young writers trading experience for editing help.


Laura Hughes, MittensMorgul said...

Congrats, Bob! Your book sounds like fun, and your main character sounds like he's in for a rough go! Excellent! :)

Lanette said...

Yay! We got a guy in the group!

BPatterson said...

Conga-rats Bob!

Oh I'm glad someone's saving Queequeg! I didn't think about him, but he is totally the coolest character ever.

What Mittens said about your poor MC!

DeadlyAccurate said...

I love your hook.


Ann Landsberger said...

I second your decision to save Queequeg. Who wouldn't save a man that shaves with his harpoon and smokes from his tomahawk? Brilliant.

Congrats, Bob. Love the concept of your novel.

M.V.Freeman said...

Congrats Bob!
I like your voice in the replies, shows my type of humor. :)

Brandi M. Lynch said...

Congrats! Your novel sounds like an awesome read! Good luck! The torment will soon be over!

Sarah said...

Congrats and good luck!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Bob! Best of luck in the finals.

Dana said...

Congratulations, Bob! Your book sounds pretty exciting :)

Congrats to all of the other finalists and best of luck.

Also . . . congrats to all of those who had the guts to enter! Hell, congrats to all who have the courage to write at all and put your stuff out there! Keep at it and keep working to find your road to publication. Luckily, there are soooooo many more roads these days.

Thanks to Janet Reid and Liz Norris for the contest and to all of the judges who read our stuff until their eyes crossed. Writers don't always get a lot of support - we did through this venue!

Best wishes to everyone!

Now, back to my regularly scheduled life :)

Jessa Russo (Stadtler) said...

Congratulations to you Bob! I was wondering if there would be any guys in the finals!

I also like your voice, and your sense of humor comes across easily in your answers. I'm sure your book will also have that wit, even if the poor MC has a lot to go through in front of him. ;-) Sounds really good!

THANKS again to Janet and Liz! And like Dana said, congrats to all who were able to enter! We've learned so much through thus process, and some if us were even lucky enough to make some friends and critique buddies. That's priceless.

Jessa Russo (Stadtler) said...

Typing from my phone again ... *this, not thus, and *of, not if. But you get the gist.

(And by now you all know my phone sometimes wins. Most of the time.)

Brooke said...

Congrats, Bob

ProfeJMarie (Janet Rundquist) said...

Yay Bob! And plus points to you for not only *finishing* Moby Dick, but to want to save a character from it...

Brent Stratford said...

Congratulation Bob. I'm with you on the answer to the backspace question. A day without writing is like a day without just doesn't work.

Lune said...

Nice work Bob! Good luck!

Thanks Janet and Liz for this enlightening and entertaining contest. Well done! Looking forward to finding out the winner!

elizabeth norris said...

Congrats Bob! I do love Catch 22. What a great book.

SiSi said...

Congratulations, Bob! Your story sounds like another one I'd love to read.

Lee Kelly said...

Congrats Bob and love the sound of your book!

Lisa Gomley said...

Congratulations Bob!

My shelves are growing! And I love that you would save Queequeg!

Good luck to you and all the finalists! And thanks, again, to Janet and Liz for this awesome opportunity! I am anxious to find out the winner!

Bob M said...

Thank you and best wishes for success to Liz Norris, Janet and everyone who worked so hard. I’m blown away at being thought among such killer finalists. I can’t repay any lost sleep, battle scars or fresh hell other than to say this will be with me always.

Thanks to everyone for the kind words and fun commentary.

Before the orchestra plays me off, I need to thank my wife and everyone who gave me ideas and encouragement.


P.S. To my fellow Queequegphiles: I know he had to die to hammer the point home. But can't you imagine a Jaws-like buddy ending with he and Ishmael paddling away?

LN said...

Congratulations, Bob!