Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Roll of the Die by Sean Bridges

An Ex-Con on the straight and narrow is pulled into a twisted game of Russian Roulette in Las Vegas to save his wife. 666. Six Contestants, six chambers in a revolver, and six sides of a die.

Riley Toback is at a crossroads. After serving a prison sentence for Armed Robbery, he’s determined to make a fresh start in Atlantic City. Until his brother-in-law, drowning in gambling debt convinces him to pull a heist at a Jersey Shore nightclub.

In the aftermath of the botched robbery, Karim Rashid, a vicious Indian gangster, tracks them down. And makes Riley an offer.

Triple Six. One round is loaded into a revolver and the chamber is spun. The Contestant rolls a die, with the face value dictating how many times the weapon is fired.

If you can survive three rounds, you win.
With his wife and life on the line, Riley takes the deal.

ROLL OF THE DIE is my first novel, although I've been a writer for fourteen years. I have ten completed screenplays, two documentary short subjects, an animated short and a graphic novel in the works.

I was a 2001 Finalist and 2004 Semi-Finalist for the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship. I've had a project invited to the 2005 Sundance Institute Producers Conference, and have placed in a variety of writing competitions, including the Austin Film Festival, PAGE International, FADE IN Awards, Cynosure Screenwriting and Scriptapalooza.

I recently produced and directed two documentaries. OUT OF MANY, about the struggles of a Learning Center in Kingston, Jamaica. 20/20 VISION, about the construction of an International Financial Center in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

I'm currently working on my second novel, ON THE BAYOU. An action-thriller in the swamps of Louisiana.

What will readers like about your book? 
I think it's a solid thriller, dark and gritty. It moves, and once you get into the story, it's tough to put it down.

Why did you self publish? 
Because I could. I stared writing screenplays about 14 years ago, just to see if I could, and it's taken me on a very interesting ride. So I wanted to tackle a novel, and try and push it through the self publishing world. It's really just starting to weave through society, and I feel like I'm part of the gold rush.

What is your writing process? 
I write as much as I can, every day, even if I'm not in front of a computer, I'm jotting notes down and preparing for a time when I can add to the manuscript. The following day, I tend to read the previous day's work, and then push further. it ends up being a few steps back, and a few forward, every day, until eventually I move through the work.

How long does it take you to write your first draft? 
For this novel, it was a six month process, And then there was a lot of hack and slash, to really bash the work into shape. It goes with the territory. A first draft is a milestone, but it's a long way away from having something ready to show.

What inspired you to write this particular story? 
My grandmother worked in Atlantic City, so when I was a kid, going to visit Gramma meant going to the casino, Trump Castle to be specific. I've always been fascinated with the world of gambling, and particularly the worlds of Atlantic City and Las Vegas, which are the Meccas of gambling in the United States. For me, this novel is a nod to that curiosity. I do enjoy a good game of Texas Hold-em, but really I'm a lousy gambler.


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