Friday, June 4, 2010
Weaker Sex--JT Cummins & Douglas Nabors
J.T. Cummins is a thriller author and screenwriter, who self-publishes e-fiction exclusively for the digital market. His thrillers include "Cobblestones," "Minus Four," and "The Jitters." J.T. is also the screenwriter-director of the horror movie classic "The Boneyard." A former Hollywood FX artist, J.T.’s work appears in "The Thing," "House," "Strange Invaders," "Enemy Mine," and many others. Co-author Douglas Nabors is a producer of the Emmy-winning TV series "Monk,” and was involved in the reimagining of the cable TV series “Battlestar Galactica.”
WEAKER SEX: When a handsome, mysterious drifter rents a hotel room in a sleepy southwestern border town, his secretive behavior attracts the unwanted attention of the owner’s inquisitive teenage daughter. With a bent for forensics, and an obsessive need to redeem herself from a past sin, the girl insinuates herself into the tenant’s dark world and unwittingly exposes a deadly secret that not only threatens her life, but the lives of her older sister and their widowed mother.
Q:What will readers like about “Weaker Sex?”
A: Readers will be captivated by the cat and mouse relationship between the resourceful heroine and her adversary. It’s fun, thrilling, but scary at the same time. After all, poking into a person’s private life is never for the faint of heart.
Q: J.T., why did you go indie?
Instead of traditional publishing, I went the e-route for a number of reasons. As a longtime creative who’s been embedded in the Hollywood machine on many fronts, industry strikes, a downturn in the economy, and shrinking film and book production all factored into my decision to go native -- to assume a more “do-it-yourself” approach with regard to my writing and career. But bottom line; self-publishing gives me a level of control over my work that I wouldn’t otherwise enjoy, and I’m loving every minute of it.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in the suspense, mystery, horror, and thriller fields?
I grew up reading the masters of horror, suspense and sci-fi, and their work remain touchstones in my library; Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, James Herbert, and yes Stephen King. While it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Richard Matheson, it’s Ray Bradbury’s work — especially “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “Dandelion Wine” — that stick in my mind the most. Maybe I’m an old soul, but even as a child, the wistful, nostalgic qualities of both stories resonated with me — and still do. Above all else, I learned from Bradbury the importance of including heart and humanity in a story, even when you’re writing horror.