So, you’ve given the world your synopsis, and that was no mean feat, an achievement worthy of considerable note.
Folk now know the broad direction of the narrative.
But now they want to know ‘what’s it like’?
Them: Whose tales are similar?
Me: Deep intake of breath, reply with something along the lines of Amy Grace is probably told in the same manner as Wilbur Smith tells his historical tales, key historical events creating a timeline against which the story is paced.
Them: Okay, but what of the heroine, who’s she like?
Me: Hmmm, if you’ve read Philip Pullmans Sally Lockhart character, now imagine her being written by Stieg Larsson, more grit, more independence – more pain suffering and vengeance! Oh, and with more violence, definitely told with a very lot of violence!
Them: Anything else?
Me: Yeah, we’ve sprinkled a fair measure of James Herbert/Clive Barker darkness and gallows humour between the pages.
Them: So, you are comparing yourself to…
Me: No, no, not at all. I’m merely providing the most prominent signposts I can think of to give you a full as possible flavour of the tale that I’ve told.
Them: So, Peter Jackson is doing the screenplay?
Me: I cannot possibly comment…