I got tagged for this blog hop by Autumn Birt, and then totally spaced on getting my post up on time! Three weeks late… here are my answers for the Next Big Thing Blog Hop interview questions. Check out Autumn’s Blog as well, The Weifarer’s Wanderings, because she is awesome!
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
What is the working title of your book?
Knights of Rilch. Not so sure I want to keep the title, especially as it is the prequel to Coldness of Marek… which is a way cooler title, methinks.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
After I finished Coldness of Marek, it was obvious that it needed a sequel. Yet I could not get the backstory out of my head. Decided to write that before the sequel, to fill in a lot of questions readers had, and also to better setup the finale to the series.
What genre does your book fall under?
I believe it falls under New Adult Epic Fantasy. Apparently New Adult is the next big thing… I had no idea!
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ooooh that’s a tough one. I actually know a girl in real life who could easily be Kierstaz. An actress? Umm… a shorter version of Scarlett Johansson? Or maybe I just love her, so I would cast her for my female protagonist all the time, haha! I think Mikel could possibly be Liam Hemsworth, if he dyed his hair blonde… maybe. Oh wait! Tom Hardy would actually be a pretty good choice. Yep! Hodran would definitely be one of those annoyingly perfect-faced guys, an Armani model or something. Sheezum, I can’t even name someone at the moment, that’s bad.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In the kingdom of Serengard, over-thrown and exhiled ex-monarchy siblings start a fruitless effort to save the last few knights loyal to their family… and find their life expectations change drastically in the midst of the conflict.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Excellent question, and I’m not sure yet. I self-published Coldness of Marek, and it was certainly a learning experience. There were downsides and upsides. It was great to get my work out there and into the hands of readers. However, once I released it as an eBook, I started to have second thoughts about wanting to be involved in the influx of online fiction. True, it’s great that the indie movement is so vibrant, and I am thrilled that there is an outlet for these artists to get their work out there. But I can’t help but realize that a lot of what readers will have to sift through is total crap, and they’ll have to do it staring at a glowing screen. Call me old-fashioned, but I think there is something beautiful about the actual written/printed word, and I think that’s a value we need to hold onto. And the big publishing houses are enforcing that value.
So. That said, I may pursue an agent with this book, revise the first book, pitch the series just to see if there is any interest in the “real” publishing world. I don’t look down on self-publishers (let’s face it, I am one!), but I think authors should do all they can to try to be a part of the old style system. It’s worth keeping.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I tried to write the whole thing in the 30 days of November, but I have to admit I went 8 days over. I reached my goal of 70,000 words during NaNoWriMo, which was great, but I had more story to wrap up, bringing it in at 80,000 words in the first draft. I expect that to expand to around 90,000 with polishing and edits.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hard to say. I am not as well read in my genre as I should be! There’s Tolkien and George R. R. Martin and that’s it, right? <winks> I can’t claim to be either of them, so…
I have seen a number of other pitches on the blogosphere that sound similar to my story, all on works in progress. And there is a series out by Sarah J. Maas (“Throne of Glass” and its sequels) that sounds comparable, but I have not yet read them. I need to get on that.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Mostly it was the amazingly positive reaction I got from my first book. Being a short, almost novella-like 54k YA fantasy, I really had no idea what to expect. I was surprised to find a wide age range reading it, liking it, and demanding a sequel. I had so much story already in my head that it was easy to imagine the sequel, but a book that short really needed a prequel as well to fill in the backstory. As I started sketching ideas I realized I had created a complex world with Serengard, and that I was going to LOVE writing this. As soon as I got the first chapter written on November 1st, I was in head over heels.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Oh, I don’t know. The blood? There’s lots of conflict, lots of it emotional, but always encased in action. I don’t care for people sitting around in a room having feelings. I like them to be worked raw and pushed to the edge of their limits, even if that means going outside of realism a little bit. I mean, who doesn’t want to see queens and princes forced to turn into lowly knights and battle mobs of angry citizens and evil usurpers who’ve stolen their lives and their loves? Needless to say, this is basically my own fantasy story… I just hope a few others will enjoy it as well.
Thanks, Autumn, for getting me involved in this blog hop! And I have one person to tag, even though I don’t know if she is actually going to do the blog hop or not… <sheepish grin>
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