About Nowhere AZ
“Always going somewhere. Never getting anywhere.”
Negative energy haunts the nameless Narrator, who’s been on the run for twelve years. A convicted killer on the loose, he has no one left to rely on and no place to call home, so he heads west.
“Those who will remember will say it’s all my fault.”
He has no control of what he’s capable of and does his best to avoid any type of confrontation at all costs.
Words are said, things are done. Friends turn into enemies.
“They call me a monster.”
Just as he’s about to reach his destination, his past starts catching up quickly.
Publisher: CreateSpace, Sept. 30, 2012
Tour Dates: January, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 149 pages
Guest Post from Chris Nunley
I originally wanted to write Nowhere, AZ as a screenplay, but I wanted to tell the story in past/present/past/present format. Flashbacks in screenplays can sometimes be confusing to the reader, so I decided to try my hand at writing a novel – something I’d never done before. I found that this was the right decision, as every other chapter are all told from the narrator either in past or present tense – they go back and forth – perfect for quick chapters of a book.
I started writing Nowhere, AZ in 2008. I got about 60% done, but then sort of hit a wall. I took a couple months off, and then I got the idea for the ending (which has since been changed). I sat down and did a writing blitz and finished the rest of the book in March of 2009. I proofed it over the next month, and then it was done.
I didn’t do anything with it right away. I tried to submit chapters here and there to agents or small publishing companies, but I didn’t get anywhere with that. I decided to submit the first 50 pages to a fiction contest. I didn’t win, but I was told that I came in 3rd place, which was very satisfying to me. After that, I didn’t really do anything with it until 2012.
If the novel was to come to fruition, I had always envisioned that it would have illustrations, but I can’t draw, and a good friend of mine was too busy to do what I wanted. In 2012, I overheard a coworker, Lynda May, talking about trying to get into a graphic novel fellowship. I started talking to her a little more about my ideas, and soon she read the novel – liked it – and got started on illustrating it almost immediately. I really only envisioned a few large illustrations for the end of some of the more graphic chapters, but she came up with the idea to create little thumbnail images for the beginning of every chapter. The idea was that the illustration would telegraph something that was going to occur in that chapter. It was a success. Not only did she create a fantastic cover, but she also created several end-of-chapter illustrations, and all of the chapter thumbnails. The novel probably would have just stayed on my computer had I not randomly overheard that she was an illustrator.
At that point, in 2012, self-publishing was very popular. I looked into a few companies, including Lulu (which I’d heard of from another writer friend of mine), but ultimately decided to go with Amazon, through CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. I really liked the idea of having my novel up on Amazon, with a huge portal to several countries around the world, and also the idea of having a Kindle version, for those that have moved away from buying paperback books.
About a year went by, and I’d had some sales here and there, but I generally knew who was purchasing the book – either friends or coworkers who’d overheard me discussing that I’d written a book. So earlier this year, another coworker friend of mine told me about virtual book tours – something I’d never heard of. I looked into it and learned that the cost of doing one was actually quite reasonable. Not only could my sales potentially increase, but the most important thing for me was a possibility – that people would actually read, and hopefully, enjoy my work.
I’m very proud of the work, and very happy with how the story ends. I’ve had a few readers tell me that it should really be a movie – that it has good movie bones. So over the summer this year, I wrote what I’d originally set out to write – the screenplay for Nowhere, AZ. I decided that I didn’t care if the flashbacks may be confusing to a reader – I wrote the screenplay exactly the way I wanted to – loyal to the structure of the novel.
One of my favorite parts about the whole writing experience was rewriting, and formatting the book for paperback. I love words, and grammar, and worked really hard on making sure it was presented as professionally as possible, even though it was self-published. Hopefully people won’t find any spelling errors!
So now it’s on the virtual book tour, making stops here and there. I very much look forward to seeing what people who love to read think of it. I don’t really have many expectations in terms of selling more copies, but I’m just really happy that it’s being read.
About Chris Nunley:
Chris Nunley has been writing ever since he could put a pen to paper.
In tenth grade, he wrote a spec episode of “Seinfeld” for his creative writing class, and realized that writing wasn’t an assignment, it was a passion. He went on to write several other screenplays, including an adaptation of Albert Camus’ “The Stranger.”
Chris graduated with a degree in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, then went on to work for the television show “MADtv” as a Writers’ Assistant as well as selling material as a Contributing Writer.
His first novel “Nowhere, AZ” – a story about karma and its implications, as well as his second novel “The Pouch – A Story About Sacking Up” are both available for purchase as paperbacks or for a Kindle device at Amazon.com.
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