If I could be so bold to suggest my new novel - HellCorp .
It's about The Devil wanting to go on vacation but first being tempted by God to solve the murder of a man who took 40 years to die.
Bit of horror in there, plenty of black humour and a whodunnit at its core.
Would love any and all feedback and reviews!
It's about The Devil wanting to go on vacation but first being tempted by God into solving the murder of a man who took 40 years to die.
Bit of horror in there, urban sci-fi, plenty of black humour and a whodunnit at its core.
HellCorp - Jonathan Whitelaw
Brand new - The Devil wants to take a break but is charged by God to solve the murder of a man who took decades to die. Plenty of paranormal, bit of crime and thriller thrown in there too.
What if The Devil wanted to go on vacation? He'd set up HellCorp to do his job for him.
But God doesn't trust old nick and first challenges him to solve the murder of a man who took 40 years to die.
Packed into human form, with no powers and the forces of Hell after him, The Devil is up to his pitchfork in trouble in this new fantasy crime thriller.
'A writer to watch.' --Gareth L. Powell, winner of the BSFA award for best novel
Some fantastic suggestions in here already - and real stand-out classics of this kind of writing.
If you're looking for something a bit more light-hearted but still running a commentary on the human condition - try HellCorp .
It's about The Devil on earth to solve a crime before he can go on vacation. But the character isn't at all happy with humanity and there are some cool observations about society, its foibles, weaknesses and even strengths. It's black comedy philosophy.
I like this idea, right up my street (my second novel HellCorp came out this summer https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1911583727)
I think no matter what way you decide to go with this idea, you need to be all in. It sounds like you have a solid grasp of what it is you're trying to achieve with and for the characters. But with most things when it comes to fantasy writing, and writing in general, you have to be the one who believes it from the off and has all the answers. Otherwise it's going to get complicated for the reader.
Hope that helps.
I'm really sorry to hear that you're feeling down. Please don't feel like you have to suffer alone, there are plenty of great places and people who can offer you a sympathetic ear and valuable help, experience and advice if you need it.
As for a story to get lost in - might I suggest my new novel HellCorp https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1911583727
It sort of acted as a bit of a sounding board for me personally in a time when I wasn't in a great place. And I had an absolute time of it writing the characters, setting and overall story.
It's about The Devil who longs for a vacation but first is challenged by God to solve the murder of a man who took 40 years to die. Plenty of black humour in there, action, romance and at it's root a good whodunnit.
Remember there are always people who you can turn to. And hopefully you start feeling like yourself again soon.
As a writer (my second novel HellCorp came out this summer https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1911583727) - I've been exactly where you are.
I dabbled in the self-publishing route about five or six years ago before getting my first book deal from a publisher. It was a valuable learning experience and above all else gave me a platform to showcase my work and get it out there to readers.
The best advice I can offer is to educate yourself to the best of your ability about the publishing world. There are millions of great writers out there who remain undiscovered because they don't familiarise themselves with the who's, why's, where's and how's of the industry. And the power brokers in positions to help you tell your story won't suffer fools for very long.
That might sound a little cold but it's the truth. Do your research, send e-mails, ask questions (which you're already doing) and start your journey.