If you, like me, are already sick of waiting for more of the BBC’s Sherlock, may I suggest a local online read to help fill the void?
Up in Flagstaff, a writer is posting chapters of his book, which is a sort-of southwest werewolf-(werecoyote?)-meets-Sherlock-Holmes paranormal mystery. It’s called Little Lost Dogs and it’s been described as “a younger, hipper Sherlock Holmes … investigating local ghost stories.”
It’s written by William Soland, the writer for Green Bandit Press (I love their logo, by the way), who describes his work as:
“The story of a retired attorney in the midst of a midlife crisis. He meets a reformed con-artist who happens to turn into a coyote under the full moon. Together, they attempt to solve a kidnapping while avoiding murderous secret societies and eating a lot of Mexican food.”
I asked William a couple of questions about Little Lost Dogs:
So where did the idea come from?
The idea for the book came to me in the summer between college and law school, when I should have been studying. It was frustrating, throughout school, having ideas for creative projects, but feeling like pursuing them was a form of procrastination. I used to feel a twinge of guilt if I tried to develop a story beyond the initial idea.
After graduating and finding employment, I realized my free time actually was free, so I drug out a few of the ideas that still seemed like good ones and tried working on them. Little Lost Dogs was the one that got me the furthest.
The idea for posting it on the web, in a serialized format, for free, came from two places: my love of webcomics, and my love of Sherlock Holmes. I get most of my entertainment from the internet, and wanted to do something like a webcomic. But I can’t draw. I suppose the question of whether I can write is a matter of opinion, but my lack of artistic skill is a more objective issue. I thought about the old Sherlock Holmes stories, which were originally printed in serialized format, and thought I could make a go of a web novel.
Of course, web content almost demands illustration (your own blog is a good example of this). Which left me with the same problem of having no artistic ability. That’s why I started looking for illustrators, and thankfully I found Adriel Begay.
And how do you know the illustrator?
Believe it or not, Adriel Begay answered an ad I posted on Craigslist. I know he does graphic design work for Flagstaff Live! and Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine.
He’s a great guy, a total professional, and he’s helped me think of my work in a whole new light.
What are your plans for Little Lost Dogs?
For now, until the entire novel is up online, I’ll be posting one chapter a week, every Friday.
Once that’s finished, I’m planning on releasing it as an eBook, for sale. I’d like to do a dead-tree edition some day, but the up-front costs are a bit prohibitive (that’s why sane authors find publishers to deal with all of that for them).
Give the first chapter of Little Lost Dogs a shot and meet the protagonist.
If you dig it, keep on reading! And you can follow William on Twitter too.