I’d like to welcome my guest James Hutchings, who will tell you about the book that he is serializing online. ‘The Case of the Syphilitic Sister’ can read for free at http://www.jukepopserials.com/home/read/13.
Where did you get the idea for this book? Do you plan to serialize more of the book online, and if so, tell us about that process.
I’ve always been interested in superheroes. I read a lot of superhero comics as a child in the 70s and 80s, but gave them up until recently, when the internet meant I could get electronic copies of comics I remembered from my childhood. I was particularly influenced by ‘Zenith’ and ‘Watchmen’ – two comics which treated superheroes in a relatively cynical and psychologically realistic way. I’ve written about 10,000 words. I’m planning to put this up in monthly chapters. After that, whether I write more will depend on the feedback I get.
Give us a short blurb for the book.
It’s a detective story where the detectives are superheroes.
Describe your writing process – do you outline or make it up as you go along?
It depends. In a short story or poem I’ll usually think of the ending as part of the initial idea. But for longer works I might not. For example I’m working on a long poem set in the old West called ‘Confession of a Bounty Hunter’, and up until recently I hadn’t decided whether the main character would live or die. ‘The Case of the Syphilitic Sister’ has been closer to making it up as I go along.
What are some of the genres that you enjoy reading and writing?
I mostly read and write fantasy. It tends to be old stories, and more short stories than novels. I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter or Game of Thrones series for example, although I’ve recently gotten into China Mieville. I used to read science fiction, and found fantasy a bit pointless. I think my idea was that science fiction was stuff that could happen, whereas fantasy was stuff that couldn’t. Nowdays I feel that having ESP or super-advanced alien technology isn’t actually that different to having magic.
What is your writing routine, and how do you balance writing with your other responsibilities?
I make myself write every day. I think if I tried to write, say, three times a week, that would actually be harder, because it would be too easy to put it off and say I’ll do it later. If it’s every day I ‘have’ to write now. I usually write at the end of the day before I go to bed (actually early in the morning).
Do you have any other books published?
I have a collection of short stories and poems called ‘The New Death and others’. Here are the main places it’s available:
Bio: James Hutchings lives in Melbourne, Australia. He fights crime as Poetic Justice, but his day job is acting. You might know him by his stage-name ‘Brad Pitt.’ He specializes in short fantasy fiction. His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, fiction365 and Enchanted Conversation among other markets. His ebook collection ‘The New Death and others’ is now available from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and DriveThruFiction. James blogs regularly at