Isaac Ho – “Next Big Thing” Interview

Picture of Isaac HoAuthor: Isaac Ho

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I’d like to thank the versatile and talented Doug Molitor for tagging me to participate in “The Next Big Thing” Interview Series. Doug is as insightful (or is that inciteful?) as he is humorous and his novel Memoirs of a Time Traveler more than demonstrates that.

What is the title of your book?

Hell is Full of Strippers

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A young man embarks on a lurid journey through strip clubs to find the exotic dancer who can prove his innocence in a crime he didn’t commit.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The story began as a stream of conscious exercise using a bad date as a writing prompt. It then evolved into a tale of a guy who professed his love but remained unrequited in the “friend zone.” The story documents the not-so-healthy ways he tries to move on with his life.

What genre does your book fall under?

Comedy – although because some scenes are NC-17-ish it sometimes gets listed as Erotica.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

My protagonist is a sympathetic wannabe bad boy who has more bluster than non-conformity and is someone who can be clueless about his comeuppance. Actors who can convey this I believe are Seann W. Scott, Giovanni Ribisi or Nick Stahl.

For Bahia, the exotic dancer/single mother I imagined a woman caught between two worlds both socially and ethnically such as Gina Torres, Tawny Cypress or Rosario Dawson.

For the pivotal role of Aurora a combination of beauty and shrewdness is essential. Camille Chen, Liza Lapira or Michelle Krusiec.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

About three months. I set a daily goal of 1,000 words and stuck to it.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Many friends have complained that the pool of available single men are mostly boys that never grew up. I wanted to identify that moment in a man’s life when he has the opportunity to grow up and make mature decisions but fails to resulting in spectacular consequences.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I have always been frustrated with the popular media’s depiction of strip clubs. Even gritty crime shows tend to portray the fantasy of a strip club rather than the reality of its denizens and patrons. Less baby oil, more body odor.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Hell is Full of Strippers is published by Digital Fabulists.  epublishing for the future – books you love in the formats you want. My thanks to Jody Wheeler and Allan Duffin for letting me play in their sandbox.

It’s my pleasure to introduce the following writers for next Wednesday’s “The Next Big Thing” Interview Series:

Diana Huang

Kerry Liu

MC Foley