At e-book 78 and counting, Dean Koontz has no drought of concepts
NEW YORK (AP) – Dean Koontz admits it was “kind of frustrating” a few months ago when an idea that he was predicting the coronavirus in his 1981 novel “The Eyes of Darkness” took on a life of its own online.
“It was one of those internet things that are largely wrong,” Koontz said. “I had a book 40 years ago that mentioned the Wuhan virus and it came from a laboratory in China. I didn’t predict a pandemic, it was a whole different story. My first strategy was just, “Don’t get involved and it will go away.” And it just didn’t go away. Social media has a light and a dark side. “
The 75-year-old author has released a new book, Elsewhere, about Jeffy and Amity – a single father and 11-year-old daughter – who are moving through life as best they can after their wife and mother Michelle seven years earlier Have disappeared . Dad meets an eccentric scientist who introduces Jeffy to a “key to everything” that has the ability to jump between parallel universes. The discovery opens up a multitude of possibilities for Jeffy and Amity (including meeting Michelle), but also dangers – for there are people who really want this key and would kill to get it.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Koontz shares his pristine ideas, adapts his writing for Hollywood, and publishes it on Amazon. The answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.
AP: You have written more than 100 books. Ever struggle to come up with new ideas?
Koontz: I have a drawer in my office. When I have an idea that isn’t too terrible, I scribble it on a piece of paper. I put it in this drawer. And I’ve always said, “When I run out of ideas for my next book, I’ll pull one out.” I never had to. There are always new ideas. I think imagination is like a muscle and the more you use it, the more ideas come to you.
AP: “Elsewhere” paints such a vivid story. You haven’t adjusted your writing in a while. Would you be open to that again?
Koontz: I’m open to it, but I never have high expectations. My film agent put “Elsewhere” on the market. I just wasn’t very lucky with it. After the 1995 film “Hideaway” (with Jeff Goldblum), I considered tying an anvil around me and jumping off a bridge … Stephen Sommers made a very nice version of “Odd Thomas” (with Anton Yelchin in 2013 ) but that it was curled up by the fact that about half the money was out and he had to cut the budget, but it was still good.
AP: You now have a publishing deal with Amazon. How is that? Many authors have a love-hate relationship with Amazon.
Koontz: It always depends on the people you are dealing with. It’s amazing that everyone I’ve worked with on Amazon has been very creative, very efficient, and just plain fun. A lot of it is a younger group and that amazed me too.
AP: Do you see a point where you want to stop writing? (Koontz has already delivered Book No. 79 to his publisher.)
Koontz: I’ll probably stop if I drop dead and hit the keyboard. Time will stop everyone, but I have received some reviews that say the books are almost better than ever and that is gratifying. As long as it is still playing and fun and I get positive letters from people, it’s better than sitting by the pool with an umbrella.