The Big Wig

Star Wars Loves The Big Wig

Seeing as how Star Wars and its characters play various parts in The Big Wig, it’s no surprise that Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and a Stormtrooper have all given it a read....

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Show Me Your Big Wig! Edition 2.0

In this second edition of Show Me Your Big Wig, we have some great-looking photos of proud and creative fans displaying my novel. Thanks, guys and gals! If you’d like me to make you famous (ha ha) send me your own creative pic featuring The Big Wig for the upcoming 3.0...

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Movie Casting for The Big Wig!

I won’t lie. As I was writing The Big Wig, I remained ever mindful of one overriding directive. Namely—craft my story so that it would be easily adaptable to the silver screen. I mean, what author doesn’t want to see his/her precious little word-baby grow into a blockbuster movie? It’s a pipe dream, certainly, but you never know how things will play out. It could happen. As I fleshed out my characters, I couldn’t help wondering what Hollywood celebrities might someday win the coveted roles of Wiggy, Tommy, Lisa, Brandy, Cesare, Ruth, etc. Just for grins, I came up with my own little wish list. If you’ve read The Big Wig, I’d love to know how you feel about these choices. Which ones are spot-on? Who do you think would be better? (Haven’t read The Big Wig yet? Read the first six chapters for free! Just enter your email here.)   The Heavies:   Wiggy Higgins – ??? The Big Wig himself, in my opinion, should be an unknown, much like Mark Hamill was unknown when he was cast as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. And if I had any creative control over the movie, I’d insist that they NOT dress a skinny actor in a fat suit or use CGI to generate false poundage. I’d want a true chubber in the role, and I’d want to film his genuine reactions to the grueling workouts he endures in the novel. Channing Tatum as Tommy Sheppard in The Big WigTommy Sheppard - Channing Tatum He’d need longer hair and sharper muscle definition, but I think ol’ Magic Mike would do quite nicely as the meat-headed, sex-minded personal trainer and champion of the Paleo Diet. It’s easy to picture him teaching Wiggy things, shouting at him, embarrassing him, and ultimately developing a friendship. And of course, the ladies would love watching him walk around shirtless in the locker room. Melissa McCarthy as Lisa Downey in The Big WigLisa Downey - Melissa McCarthy This one’s a bit of a toughie for me. For Lisa, we need a plump, brown-haired nerdy girl who can really deliver the sass, and I can’t think of many candidates. The closest actress I can come up with is Melissa McCarthy. She’s not exactly who I pictured (a little too old?), but there’s no doubt she’d be a killer Lisa. Victor Alfieri as Cesare Strazzio in The Big...

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The Big Wig is Born!

  The big day is here! After two years of mind-pregnancy, I have finally given birth to my word-baby, The Big Wig. Now my little darling is on display for the world to see, and I have to be honest—that terrifies me. The gestation period was lengthy—sometimes enjoyable, sometimes nerve-wracking, often fraught with morning-word sickness and writer’s block. Hours upon hours I spent in the cramped back bedroom of my home, nurturing my verb-child in the fertile garden of my skull-womb. Whilst hunched over my makeshift desk—shuttered away from my family, the electric glow of the laptop bathing my face—I grew my little time-snatcher day by day, hour by hour. I fed him plot and prose and dialogue, which he eagerly suckled through my keyboard-clacking teet-fingers. Larger and larger he grew, and much more rambunctious—had you placed your hand on my scalp, you’d have felt him kicking. Felt kinda weird. Now, I’ve finally pushed the little bugger out of my broterus. I’ve wrapped him in a warm, vibrant cover and displayed him on the shelves of Amazon for the world to read. What will people think of him—this child conceived of my thoughts? What will they say about my creation, whom I’ve showered with so much time and love and effort? Will they adore him as I do? Will they think he sucks? Will he grow a massive reader base, or will he wither and die—an also-ran in an already oversaturated market? I suppose mine is a fear that all new author-daddies and mommies face when they send their word-nursling into the unforgiving world of publishing. A little (big!) piece of us is being trotted out for judgment, and that can be a scary thought. Thankfully, the advance readers who’ve been allowed into the viewing area have given my little thought-baby some smashing reviews. Many of them couldn’t put him down! Whatever occurs, I’m proud of my verby young lad. Bringing him into the world has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. Whether he revels in towering success or languishes in cold obscurity, he has been a wonderful experience. I’ve grown as a writer and a person, and I’ve notched a personal accomplishment that I can be proud of. The Big Wig has been big, big fun. And now, I’m mind-pregnant with his little sister. Shhh. J For those who’ve already gotten their hands on a...

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Show Me Your Big Wig! Edition 1.0

When you’re writing a novel (especially your first one), you want a LOT of reader feedback. Taking all the best comments and revising your draft accordingly will help to produce the best story possible. This week, I gave my beta readers and other close supporters a free advance copy of The Big Wig! I thought it would be cool to post some pictures of them with their new book—so here they are! [Show as...

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The Big Wig Cover Reveal!

A little late now, but here it is—the official cover of The Big Wig! This cover beat out about nine others, four of which I’ve posted on this blog. My designer, Derek Murphy at CreativIndie, came up with the concept, and we worked extensively together—hewing and molding and carving—until we came up with this bright, vibrant jewel. Some reasons I went with this cover: 1. The colors jump out at you. When you’re browsing the Kindle store, scrolling through an endless parade of dark covers, this one will leap from the screen. 2. It’s a little goofy, just like my story.  Fat guy with poor fashion sense struggling with a kettlebell while his belly plays peekaboo from under his shirt—that’s my Wiggy. His dog, Sienna, and his love interest, Brandy, make the cut as well. I think they give you a sense that this book is not only about weight loss. 3. The track in the background is of major significance in the story, but aside from that, I like the open air horizon being plainly visible. This story is a journey, and that big, beautiful vista represents everything Wiggy is working for. I hope you like the cover as much as I do. And if you’re an author looking for a cover designer, you won’t be disappointed with Derek’s work. His prices are fair and he goes the extra mile. News about book availability is coming...

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