November 28, 2012: The Next Big Thing

So, the Next Big Thing… This is a sequence of questions going around the author community. Participants answer, and then tag five more authors to participate.

So, here we go.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Depends. If we’re talking about the next book I’m writing, the only working title is "Widdershins book 3." It follows Thief’s Covenant and False Covenant, so it’ll probably have "Covenant" in the title.

If we’re talking about the one that’s most likely to be published next, the title is In Thunder Forged. It’s a tie-in novel for a property that I can’t reveal yet.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

The third Widdershins book simply followed from the earlier two. I knew that I wanted to write a story of the character outside of her home city, but other than that very broad concept, it’s just where the story took me.

In the case of the other, it comes from the details of the property, and a specific time period in its history that we were asked to address.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Both are fantasy. The Widdershins book is also YA.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s a really tricky question. Anyone I think of for Widdershins is either too young, too old, or just doesn’t quite fit. Maybe Chloë Grace Moretz? Willa Holland, if she doesn’t mind playing a little young? I’m actually not sure. (I swear I had someone in mind, but I can’t think of who it was.)

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

"Widdershins learns that, no matter how far she’s run from home, neither she nor those she cares about have escaped the magic and murder that have haunted her all her life."

6) Will your book be self-published or traditionally published?

Traditionally. The Widdershins novels are published by Pyr Books, and the tie-in property I mentioned will be published by [Censored].

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Well, the Widdershins book is just getting started. The other one was, due to deadlines, one of the fastest books I’ve ever written. Took about two months.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmm… There are some similarities between the Widdershins books and Steven Brust’s "Vlad Taltos" series, though Brust’s aren’t YA.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The first Widdershins book, Thief’s Covenant, was purely a labor of love; the idea and character came to me, and that was that. The others developed as the writing progressed.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, leaving aside those who have already been reading the series and enjoy the characters… Beyond the initial concept of a young thief with a god living in her head, I very much hope that the combination of humor and horror, along with the world-building and religion, would be enough to draw people’s interest.

Tagged for next Wednesday (the 5th):

Erin Evans

Darrin Drader

James Wymore

Andrew Mayer

[Fifth to come?]

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