There’s a blog chain going around called “The Next Big Thing.” The idea is, each writer answers some questions about their next big project… and lines up more authors to do the same, encouraging people to discover other authors’ books and blogs. Unexpectedly, probably because of the lack of available authors left at this point in the game, I’ve been tagged by a handful of folks for this, and I’m honored to pass it on (Sadly, in a much reduced capacity).
The first was my friend and cohort, Ed Erdelac, the author of the amazing Merkabah Rider series. And then there was my buddy, Tim Baker, author of the excellent The Long Death of Day in the Fading Light anthology. I was also tagged by the inimitable Gord Rollo, author of The Jigsaw Man, Crimson, and numerous other great books. And then there was Harry Shannon, the incredible author of Clan, Pain, The Hungry, and way too many more to list. Jason Brawn also tagged me, the excellent author of Stranded and Refuge.
So here are my answers:
What Is Your Working Title Of Your Book?
The working title of my newest book is Stranded.
Where Did The Idea Come From For The Book?
I’ve been meaning to do another urban fantasy title for a while now, I just wasn’t sure what. As I sat thinking about it, the idea just popped into my head that I could mix genres and make something familiar to what I’m doing with the Demon Squad books and yet different. It evolved from there.
What Genre Does Your Book Fall Under?
Definitely urban fantasy. It’s very much in the vein of my series, Demon Squad.
Which Actors Would You Choose To Play Your Characters In A Movie Rendition?
Wow, this one would be hard. The MC is 6’6” and gangly. I really don’t know who’d fit that description.
What Is The One-Sentence Synopsis Of Your Book?
Stranded on Earth, an alien is stuck waiting for humans technology to evolve enough to get him home. (Needs some work.)
Will Your Book Be Self-Published Or Represented By An Agency?
At this point, I have no idea. I’d like to pitch it traditionally, but as it isn’t finished, I won’t have any clear plans until then.
How Long Did It Take You To Write The First Draft Of Your Manuscript?
Haven’t written it. I’ve got the plot and outline done, and the first 1,000 words, but that’s it.
What Other Books Would You Compare This Story To Within Your Genre?
Outside of my own, I would have a hard time comparing it. It’s different, but similar enough to the Demon Squad books to draw a very slight comparison in writing style.
Who Or What Inspired You To Write This Book?
The usual voices in my head.
What Else About Your Book Might Pique The Reader’s Interest?
I think the unexpected mixture of genres and tropes will make this different from what’s out there and will attract folks. It’ll be fast-paced and entertaining.
Thanks for taking a few minutes to hang out. In the meantime, check out the blogs of the other authors I’ve tagged as part of “The Next Big Thing.”
Another author in the Fading Light anthology, and my good friend, Ryan Lawler, is a guy to watch out for. He’s got a great, fluid style that resonates with the reader. Definitely an author to keep track of.
Jeff Salyards is a name that might be more familiar to folks, but I still feel he hasn’t gotten as much press as he deserves. Author of the wonderful Scourge of the Betrayer, through Night Shade Books, Jeff’s only started his quest toward literary domination. Hop aboard now!