Dan Fiorella – “Next Big Thing” Interview
It’s my honor to participate in “The Next Big Thing” Interview Series, being run over at www.litbridge.com. I was tagged, as it were, by novelist Doug Molitor and his comic novel Memoirs of a Time Traveler.Now, then, my book is called Lost Claus, available as a ebook over at Amazon.com.
So, let’s begin, shall we?
First, a real love of all the Christmas specials I grew up on. I’m such a fan of comedy and mash-ups, always trying to fit one character into an alien premise. Also I’m a big fan of movies like “Maltese Falcon” and “The Big Sleep” so where’s the most outlandish place for an old-school, film noir detective? The North Pole, right?
What genre does your book fall under?
It was always written as a comedy, first and foremost. It’s kind of a genre-blender, but I guess you would say it’s a fantasy/mystery/holiday story. A Christmas-tery for short.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
For some reason I had Steve Buscemi in mind for the lead, then he goes and plays that weird PI on “30 Rock.” Danny DeVito as an elder elf. Not to put to fine a point on it, Peter Dinklage would be a great Tweedle. Although I could never make up my mind if the elves would be actors or CGI. Elizabeth Banks, who has some amazing comedy chops as Sandra. In a dream world it would be Humphrey Bogart and Doris Day.
When Santa goes MIA, a P.O.-ed P.I. has to find him PDQ.
Well, it started out as a screenplay. And it got optioned by Warner Bros. And in a bizarre bit of Hollywood logic, they decided it would be a perfect vehicle for one of their stars that owed them a picture. So I was hired to re-write it as a movie for Pee-Wee Herman. Alas, once Pee-Wee Herman got into his, er, legal entanglements, the project died on the vine and I had to rescue it.