T.J. Newman spent 4 years in Illinois going about her business within the most benign method possible — researching musical theater, surrounded by way of primary Illinois farmland. And now, because of T.J. Newman, and the pandemic, and generic anxiousness, however broadly speaking T.J. Newman: no thank you, I don’t consider like flying. Pop way of life presents no shortage of reasons to steer clear of industrial airways. Snakes on a aircraft. Bombs on aircraft. Leslie Nielsen on a plane. Planes vanish. Planes crash into mountains and the survivors devour one another.
Flying, who needs it, correct?
The delirious issue about “Falling,” Newman’s debut novel, arriving Tuesday, simply in time for beach blankets, is the way it brushes previous those eventualities to get a hold of an entirely clean hell. Just for those who notion it changed into safe to go returned into an airplane, she writes a novel about a industrial pilot in a very unwinnable nightmare situation: soon after taking off on another activities flight, someone kidnaps the pilot’s wife and children and (unbeknown to passengers and crew) gives him an option — crash the airplane before it arrives in new york, kill everyone onboard or we will murder your family unit.
If that feels like a thriller ready to happen, smartly: accepted already bought the rights and Newman’s publication agent is Shane Salerno, himself a a hit screenwriter (“Armageddon,” the 2000 remake of “Shaft”) who landed Newman a two ebook, seven-determine deal. Even the blurbs sound greater cinematic than literary: “this is ‘Jaws’ at 35,000 feet” (Don Winslow), “just like the movies ‘Die challenging’ and ‘pace’ on steroids” (Library Journal).
A Book Is Not Just A Book It Is Sanity Poster
If “Falling” reads like it became written with the aid of a person who is aware of their way round an airline and the everyday life of flight crews, that’s as a result of Newman — until the pandemic pushed her right into a furlough in March 2020 — changed into a flight attendant herself for more than a decade, with Virgin Atlantic. She wrote the e-book whereas her passengers have been napping. Then she purchased a duplicate of “The primary ebook to Getting Your ebook posted,” and after loads of rejection, bingo. Million-greenback offers later, she’s no longer a flight attendant.
I spoke these days with T.J. Newman (whose initials stand for Torri Jan) from her domestic in Arizona. Right here is a quick version of a longer chat, edited for clarity and size.