Jim Fusilli is both an award-winning novelist and an accomplished author of short fiction. Recently his pet project, however, has been working as the editor of a story written by several authors with the International Thriller Writers association. It’s unique in that it’s a serial story that will be released through Audible.com one segment at a time. It’s a first, and it’s pretty exciting.
I spoke with Jim recently about the project and about his work as an author. Enjoy!
Interview with Jim Fusilli
Q: For people who might not know anything at all about ITW, Audible and the Serial Thriller project, can you explain what it’s all about? How it began? What it’s become?
JF: The Chopin Manuscript is a thriller in which chapters were written by different authors, all members of the ITW. The contributors include Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, John Gilstrap, James Grady, David Hewson, John Ramsey Miller, PJ Parrish, Ralph Pezzullo, SJ Rozan, Lisa Scottoline, Peter Spiegelman, Erica Spindler – and Jeffery Deaver, who wrote the first and last two chapters. I also wrote a chapter and edited the manuscript.
I’m not exactly sure how it began — MJ Rose asked me to edit and contribute, and I agreed. (I’m a big supporter of ITW’s projects for writers and kids.) But I’m sure they wanted to do something different from the “Thriller” anthology, which was a huge success. This is pretty different: There have been serial thrillers in the crime field, but nothing like this one, as far as I can tell.
Q: What sets it apart, specifically?
JF: Well, “Naked Came the Manatee” was a serial novel and had great writers like Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen and Edna Buchanan, but I think it was built on humor as much as crime. And “Naked Came the Phoenix” was clever – Lisa Scottoline, who’s in our novel, was in it. There have been others. But “The Chopin Manuscript” is a thriller – it’s an adrenalin rush. It has all the elements of the kind of contemporary novel that readers love.
Q: Tell me about the edited project. Who’s a part of it? What are you most exited about? [Read more…]