So, there’s this revolving game of blog tag happening among authors and I got pegged! It’s called The Next Big Thing. We each answer ten questions about our own work, then ‘tag’ other authors that we like to (hopefully) do the same on their blog. I’d like to thank Justin Robinson (www.captainsupermarket.com, @justinrobinson on Twitter) for tagging me!
Oh, and apologies for not posting yesterday on my customary day! I had an amazing trip out of town and spent the day recovering from it! LOL
Onward to the questions and answers!
1) What is the title of your next book/work?
I’m currently working on ‘Son of Corse’, the sequel to my 2012 debut novel, ‘Daughter of Hauk’. Before the end of the year, I submitted a stand alone novel, “Lily”, for consideration.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work?
“Son of Corse” is a progression of the story in “Daughter of Hauk”, which was inspired by a Dungeons & Dragons game that ended badly. I didn’t like how it ended, so I decided to rework the story and what happened after the game.
“Lily” began as a challenge piece. I’m part of an online fantasy writing group, and we have weekly challenges. A topic is thrown out, and anyone who gets inspired can write their take on the subject. I created the character of Lily for one of those challenges, and she just would not shut up until I wrote an entire adventure for her.
3) What genre does your book/work fall under?
So far, I’ve written exclusively fantasy. “Lily” isn’t nearly as dark as “Daughter of Hauk” or “Son of Corse” and would be suitable for a YA audience, whereas the other two novels deal with more adult themes.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Wow. I came up with a ‘dream cast’ for a blog interview shortly after ‘Daughter of Hauk’ was released. I haven’t thought about ‘Son of Corse’ or ‘Lily’ that way yet, though most of the cast in ‘Daughter of Hauk’ do continue into the second book. Here’s what I had for ‘Daughter of Hauk’:
Arwenna – Ashley Green
Joss – Taylor Kitsch
Barek – Jason Momoa
Y’Durkie – Jennifer Garner
Hauk – Liam Neeson
Senyan – Tom Felton
Bohrs – Johnny Depp
Lexi – Emma Watson
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
If you were given the chance to undo the wrongs you’ve done, would you?
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Not at this time. I don’t have an agent, and I’m relatively clueless (though learning!) about marketing books. Solstice publishing has been incredibly helpful with that, and I’ll continue to submit to them first.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
‘Lily’ took about 2 years, I think. ‘Son of Corse’ has been a work in progress for about 4 years now.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can say that I tend to write in a high fantasy style, creating a world the reader can immerse themselves into. I can’t say it’s like any one other book. I love character driven, descriptive stories and so I tend to write that way.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I covered this above, but another force drove me to get published. I grew up with a lot of self doubt. So many around me would tell me that others would get the shot, that they’d be better than I was, so I might as well not even try. I didn’t want my daughters to grow up that way, and the best way for me to teach them it was worth the risk was to try for it myself. So, I guess you could say I’m inspired daily by my daughters. Along with my husband, they’re my biggest supporters.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader¹s interest?
I do a good deal of my writing with my eyes closed. It’s like a movie playing in my head. I let my fingers find the words to describe it.
There you go! My answers to ‘The Next Big Thing’! Time for me to list the authors I’m tagging! They’re not all published, but they’re terrific writers who you should keep an eye open for!
Todd Diel – http://toddsshorts.blogspot.com/
Tony Rudzki – http://writingsfromthefruitcellar.wordpress.com/