I’ve been tagged to contribute to the Next Big Thing Blog Hop by a great writer and friend, Jen J Danna. She is a forensic scientist and author of DEAD, WITHOUT A STONE TO TELL IT. Dead is scheduled for release in May 2013 from Five Star Publishing.
Rules for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop:
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
My current work-in-progress is called A CHAIN OF BLOOD AND GOLD.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’m always pouring through environmental news and the dangers of Global Change. It just naturally snaked its way into my writing.
What genre does your book fall under?
Epic Fantasy. Maybe Young Adult since one of the protagonist is a kid.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I could see Gerard Butler as one of the protagonists. I’m not really familiar with any child actors, so there goes that example.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It’s a little cheesy, but I think it says it all:
Global Change has gone fantasy.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My previous agent had to retire due to health issues, so that was a bummer. I only hope he gets better, though. I don’t self-publish, so the book is being reviewed by several agents now.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Around six months, but I was also taking a writing-intensive Gothic literature seminar. It left me drained like I fell victim to a gothic vampire. Yes, I went there.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s funny, I don’t usually compare my books to any published works. I don’t want to say I’m on par or better than anyone, but I’d say it’s similar to the Dragonlance Chronicles.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Global Change. We’ve been killing Mother Earth for decades and, obviously, it’s a mega issue. So, I thought what if it already happened and was occurring again. We ruined the Earth with technology. In what other ways else could we destroy her?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think the environmental issues. It involves the very real (more than you know) events and problems we are facing right now. The BP Oil Spill has devastated the Gulf and its effects will be felt for an unimaginable about of time. We may think we have a handle on the damage we’re doing to the world, and we may think that it’s not too late. A CHAIN OF BLOOD AND GOLD shows what happened after it was too late…
I am now tagging the following fabulous writers:
Vanessa North: She’s a Romance/Erotica author with two books, Two in Winter and Fight or Flight, from Liquid Silver Books. She also has a series coming from Musa Publishing. Check out her website for more info. I just have to note that Two in Witer was the first Romance book I read (it did make me blush…alot) and I enjoyed it!
Ashley Heckman: A great friend and I’ve read some of her work. Good stuff!
Margaret Lesh: Margaret is the Co-creator of StoryRhyme.com, and she writes middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction.
Jalisa Blackman: A teacher and writer of all things speculative. This is the woman to follow. Her blog posts are amazing and she touches on an incredible amount of sensitive, but much-needed thought provoking topics. Definitely check out the “Minority Report” section of her website. It consists of interviews with fantasy authors and their takes on the presence of minorities in the speculative genres.
Holly Kench: Holly writes of fantasy and humor, for all ages. She is hilarious and, apparently, a stuffed olive!
Photo credit: ~Brenda-Starr~