A gripping psychological thriller from the author of Winged Creatures. August, Carratuck Island, New York: a silent child is found abandoned on the beach clutching a handheld video game, and residents and tourists alike find themselves stricken by relentless insomnia. Denied the outlet of dreams—fears, guilt, and primal urges find other ways to surface. A teenage girl competes in an online game: who can stay awake longest? The bleary police chief struggles to keep order. The local doctor battles the ghosts of his past to find the cause and a cure for the epidemic, and face down the violent mob that blames the child. Cut off from the mainland, the island plunges into chaos, murder, and suicide.
- Which character would you like to be in this book?
The surfer kid, Tay, who falls in love in a truly romantic, earnest way, and commits acts of heroism.
- Do you always take a book/erader wherever you go?
No, never. I’m all too easily distracted by my environment. I envy those who can read and write in coffee shops; I will never be able to. Because… that child’s melodious voice! The glint of light off that person’s glasses! Who orders coffee like that, really? 3. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’? I have a surfeit of guilt as it is. The good one, please. Though I hope the author will achieve a more nuanced sense of character than “good” or “bad.”
- Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
Standalones, certainly. Because ending a story well is a true achievement, and is becoming a lost art in this day of sequels and prequels and spin-offs and series. Endings are hard to write, but there is nothing more rewarding for the reader than one done well.
- Where can I find you when you are reading?
In bed, before sleep.
- Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Walking for calm and exercise, or stuck in traffic, or watching too many movies and series on television, or cooking (a hobby).
- Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
I remain utterly haunted by the one time I walked by. What might I have found inside that might have changed everything?
- What are you most proud of?
Writing my first novel, Winged Creatures, and adapting it for the film starring Forest Whitaker, Dakota Fanning, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Embeth Daviditz, Walt Goggins, Jennifer Hudson
- What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Slow down, breathe. Someone, somewhere, will like this.
- What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Learn from the authors you love. Ask yourself how they accomplished that sentence, paragraph, character, story, that specific emotional impact.
Thank you, Roy Freirich and Meerkat Press
About the author
Roy Freirich leads multiple lives as a writer. He adapted his novel Winged Creatures for the film Fragments, and has written screenplays for Fox Searchlight, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, and Sony. His lyrics have been sung by legends Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and Patti Labelle, among many others. He lives with his wife, ever-patient editor and frequent cowriter, Debrah, in Malibu, California.