SURPRISE! GP HUTCHINSON’S SECOND NOVEL IS A WESTERN.
I’m very excited to announce that, for the past several weeks, I’ve been working vigorously on a new manuscript. It’s a story that fuses some of the terse style of a modern thriller to the conventions of a classic Western. The result is that words are flying and a good portion of my second novel has already been drafted.
The title of the new work is STRONG CONVICTIONS. It’s the first installment in a series of Westerns that will feature the hero EMMETT STRONG.
I know I’m working on the right book now because I find myself “in the zone”–up and ready to write every single day. In contrast, I found myself fighting my previous manuscript (Snow Tiger) more days than not.
I’m now experiencing the same kind of enthusiasm and passion I encountered when writing Sumotori. And I find myself thoroughly enjoying the new characters and plot, just as I deeply fell in love with Tatsuyama, Kobayashi, and Shiori from my first work. This passion–I believe–is essential to creating a work that my readers will delight in as well.
Further evidence that I’m working on the right book now comes from my confidence that Strong Convictions is but the first volume in a series of at least three full-length Westerns. I anticipate that Strong will ride again to stave off escalating dangers and to right further wrongs, even after his story in Strong Convictions is told.
A STRONG EAST ASIAN ELEMENT
It should come as no surprise to readers who know me that even my Westerns will include an Asian theme. There won’t be any samurai in Deadwood, but certain East Asian characters will play pivotal roles in this tale of the Old American West. I hope folks are as delighted with this aspect of the saga as I am. To me, the culture and personality that the key Asian characters bring to this episode is fascinating–absolutely thrilling.
The decision to break from working on a story set in East Asia in order to dedicate myself to something closer to home was a choice I made with my readers in mind. The fact is, a great deal of my anguish in laboring over Snow Tiger arose from trying to make something that is so unfamiliar to most Westerners easy for people to follow.
The jump from Far East to Old West is not unique to me as a writer. It’s a well-known fact that the 1960 blockbuster Western movie, The Magnificent Seven, was essentially an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film The Seven Samurai.
Updates will be forthcoming, of course. Along the way, I’ll drop a few tidbits about the characters and the premise of the story. Just get ready for a rip-roarin’ ride when Strong Convictions comes out later this year.