LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has told U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine that he is working on a novel that is set “50 to 100 years in the future.” He said: “I’m working on an outline for a book, but that’s about as much as I can do while I’m on the road.
“Writing a book makes writing a record look like going to kindergarten. It’s a much more tense, concerted, extended, creative effort — it requires a lot of focus that this environment does not provide.
“It’s set 50 to 100 years in the future. I’m wracking my brain right now, because you have to figure out all sorts of little things we don’t think about, because of the incredibly rapid advancement of technology.”
He continued: “I’ve been thinking about the plot, and at first I thought, ‘Oh the ending’s just got to be awful.’ But then I thought, ‘That’s self-indulgent.’ I’ve been thinking about how I can make the end of the book optimistic, and it’s hard. And I haven’t decided how it’s going to end, but more than likely there’s got to be an optimistic end. Otherwise, I’ll just be fucking depressed. And real life is depressing enough.”
Blythe also talked about the differences between his writing style for his recent memoir, “Dark Days”, and the upcoming novel. He told Metal Hammer: “The most important thing about a narrative is the author’s voice. And my voice comes across. And that’s one of the hardest things, a lot of writers struggle for three or four books to find their voice. And most people who knew me, and famous writers I know, were like, ‘Your voice is there, it’s strong.'”
He added: “I think I kinda got off easy, because it’s my story. The next book will be fiction, so trying to put my voice into fictional situations is going to be interesting. Writing in my voice was really rather easy for me. Because I talk all the fuckin’ time.”
“Dark Days: A Memoir” was released in July 2015 via Da Capo Press. Random House purchased the foreign rights to the book and is acting as publisher in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.