(If you’re an author I tagged for this blog hop, your instructions are at the end of this post.)
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
1. What is the working title of your book?
This blog hop caught me at the beginning of the project, so I only have a working title: The Making.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The original idea came from a rough short story I wrote over a year ago, as background and a prequel to the novel I was working on at the time (now on hold, as it needs a full re-write and major fixing). I don’t want to give too much away at this stage, but the central plot arc is based loosely on a story from Greek mythology.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Although inspiration came from the Classics the setting is high fantasy, although elves and dwarves are notable by their absence. (At least at the moment—I’m still planning, so anything could happen.)
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For the lead, I’d need a younger Cate Blanchett (for the character’s cooler, regal aspect),
Photographer: Paul Cush. Reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.
crossed with a younger Helena Bonham Carter (for the character’s hidden rebellious and quirky side).
Photographer: David Torcivia. Reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.
(I’m sorry ladies, but although I admire your acting skills, the character is in her late teens—if my book is unbelievably successful and you have daughters, I’m willing to give them first dibs during casting…)
As for the rest of the cast, I’m still getting to know them. I can introduce you formally when they are more than pen-pals.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Arrgh! I haven’t finished planning it yet, so this is subject to change:
“An epic fantasy tale of betrayal, corruption, greed, intrigue, loss, hope and new beginnings—peace balances on a knife-edge as a city state and its young Queen struggle to fight the rot within and avoid war with its barbaric neighbour.”
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will probably be released by independent publisher, Writer and Author Press.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’ll tell you when I finish, but as I’m only 2,500 words in it will be some time.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Obviously, every epic fantasy pays homage to Tolkien, but the setting and characters will be different—if I can achieve even a little of the depth and involvement present in his writing then I will be happy.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I had an original idea for a fantasy story I wanted to write, but I needed some fictional history to ground the events and characters in their reality. The idea for this story came as I was researching mythological tales looking for ideas, and I thought I’d found something I could add my own twist to.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’m hoping to be able to fill out the setting and characters so that they become real for the reader, and they care about what happens. My aim is to avoid writing schlock fantasy.
Thank you to Sandy for thinking of me—if you like reading thrillers, YA, or paranormal books then why not pop over to her blog, check out her work, and maybe buy some.
If you’re an author and I tagged you for the Next Big Thing Blog Hop, here’s how it works….
Rules (the “rules” below are not mine, I am simply the messenger):
Use this format for your post.
Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person who tagged you for participation.
Answer the ten questions about your current WiP (Work in Progress). Include pictures if possible.
Tag one to five other writers/bloggers by sending them an email and then add their links to the end of your interview post. Their answers should go up the week after.
Your blog post would need to be up XXXXXXXXXXX. I’m going to break a rule here: it’s your blog, so schedule it when you like, just let me know via email so I can link to it here…
If you are on She Writes, you put the post up there too.
Your blog post should be labeled: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.