Next Big Thing

So, Chris McMahon tagged me in the ongoing blog chain of the Next Big Thing. Me being itty-bitty writer-thing and currently brain-dead exhausted as well, it’s a good thing I wrote the guts of this last week.

The rules:

1. Give credit to the person/blog that tagged you. Did this
2. Post the rules for the blog hop. Here they are
3. Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress). Answered below.
4. Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them. Since I don’t know that many who haven’t already been tagged, I have two tagees:

Sabrina Chase

Thomas Sewell

(Edit: New tagee)

Barb Caffrey

Now the questions and my answers

What is the working title of your book? Puppet Imperium

Where did the idea come from for the book? Where my ideas usually come from: a strange melange of things I’ve done, seen, and experienced tangled into something that stood up and told me I’d damn well better write this thing right now. Oh, and a character who wouldn’t shut up.

What genre does your book fall under? The plot and setting are pure high fantasy, but the tone is much more urban fantasy. Of course, I can’t do anything without it twisting, so this isn’t really surprising.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?Actors? You want me to name actors? Yeah right. I watch so few movies I couldn’t begin to answer this one. So readers will have to imagine their own actors instead.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? An orphaned girl holds the key to the fate of all the Realms, but she doesn’t know what she has.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I have to finish it first. Then it will most likely be published by Naked Reader. No agencies will be involved. They wouldn’t know what to do with it anyway.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’m still writing it. Usually it takes me about six months, mostly in between other things.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Possibly the bastard offspring of Terry Pratchett on a day when the humor isn’t firing and every dystopian ever. I’m not aware of anything that’s close enough to this one to count, although the Discworld books without the humor come closest.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? It insisted, although a game called Pirate101 may have had a little bit to do with the seed. Inspiration is inadequate to describe what happens when I get hit by a book. It’s closer to having a maniac yelling at you that you’ll regret it all your life if you don’t do this thing RIGHT NOW.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? The antagonists are magical constructs with no emotions. They’re possibly the creepiest antagonists I’ve ever written, and that’s something for me – I tend to head straight to dark and keep on going. The main character has no idea what she’s landed in. She’s got a ridiculous price on her head and she doesn’t know why: she just wants to stay alive and free. Events don’t seem to agree with her.

And that’s that.

Apologies for excess weirdness, excess Kateness, and massive absence of Big Thinginess.



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