We pause briefly in the midst of V2R week to bring you this very important blog tour post, The Next Big Thing!
Katherine Tomlinson, author and editor extraordinaire, tagged my humble self on this here Next Big Thing thing, so here we are. I met Katherine a few years ago when she was helming the now-defunct Dark Valentine magazine; she’s also the author of furban fantasies L.A. Nocturne and Fairy Story, as well as the editor of the new anthology Nightfalls.
Everyone on the blog tour answers the same questions, then taps five more authors to move the thing along. (Check out Katherine’s answers, for sure; her project sounds really cool!) Anyway, here we go:
1) What is the working title of your current/next book?
2) Where did the idea come from?
I talked about this very question at some length awhile back, but the short answer is that the music of Dougie Maclean, the poetry of Robert Burns, fairy tales, The Princess Bride, and Final Fantasy all exploded together in my brain.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Fantasy, I suppose. We’ve got swords, horses, inns, wizards, ghosts, airships, sea monsters, pirates…
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I am not any good at picking actual living actors to play my characters. I enjoy casting voice actors to play them in the animated film instead! The main characters have eluded my ability to cast so far, but Tony Jay is my dream actor to voice one of the villains; alas that he passed away a couple of years ago. His voice has the perfect combination of richness, resonance and menace.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Aine’s lover is kidnapped by the Faerie Queen, she must take up arms and rescue him.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Good question! I would love to be published traditionally, see my book in shops, all that prestigious-seeming nonsense. But I don’t hang all my hopes on that happening, either. Once it’s done I plan on shopping it out to agencies, and we’ll see what happens.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft?
The first draft? A summer. The current draft? Five years and counting. It will be finished by the end of the first quarter, 2013. I throw down my gauntlet!
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A little bit Ellen Kushner’s Thomas the Rhymer, a little bit Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, at least … thematically? But it’s not nearly as serious as those books; there’s still a lot of The Princess Bride inspiration in it. And there’s pirates. Did I mention the pirates?
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Besides the above-mentioned brain explosion? I’d been scribbling little stories since I could write words, and my parents encouraged me by buying me a little laptop. This was the 80s, when laptops were a big deal! The person really to blame, though, is my eighth grade English teacher, who was sufficiently impressed by my scribblings to tell my mom I could do this sort of thing for a living. Boy was he wrong! But I haven’t stopped trying.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Pirates? Also there are ancient gods, giant robots, swashbuckling, a teeny bit of romance. If it sounds like it has a bit of everything–well, it really does. It is the kind of book I would want to read, and I like everything!
Matt Doyle, whom I’ve been online writing pals with for a few years now, a fabulous writer from the dark side of fantasy
Branwyn Harrison, author of haunting YA novel Find Me Here
And I was going to tag Joanne Renaud for my fifth, but Katherine beat me to it! So my fifth tag goes to whatever writer is reading this and hasn’t been tagged yet and feels like answering the questions!