I’ve decided to participate in a blog hop. It’s supposed to help showcase new works by writers, especially those that are due to come out soon in book format. So… it may be a bit soon for me, but I thought that I’d go ahead and participate. If anything, it’ll help prepare me for these questions in the future when I do have something coming out.
Anyway, without further ado, I present:
THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP
Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.
What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to five other authors you can explore!
My gratitude to fellow author, M.A. Chiappetta, for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following links to learn more about her at thechippermuse.blogspot.com.
In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!
1: What is the working title of your book?
Cloudy With a Chance of Satan. And I really, really hope that doesn’t change. (Well, unless my editor suggests something better. But right now, this title pleases me in oh so many inappropriate ways).
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
The very earliest seed of this story first came from a Sherlock fanfic (of all things). The writer had made a comment about Sherlock thinking John was insane. Some little quip along the lines of “And they all think I’m the psychotic one.” This idea stuck with me–an insane roommate. Then the insane roommate evolved into the Anti-Christ roommate, which grew into the first line of the story:
“I think my roommate is the Anti-Christ.”
And everything seemed to fall into place after that.
3: What genre does your book come under?
Humor. Or Horror. Maybe Sci-fi/Fantasy. Definitely not Self-Help. This is more a “What NOT to do” story.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
*laughs* I have actually given this a lot of thought. A lot of these actors I’ve seen their work, and I think they both match the characters physically, and I’ve seem them do work that matches the personalities pretty decently. So, a roll call:
Adam: Matt Dallas
Steve: Chris Evans
Matt: Aidan Turner
Natalya: Elena Satine
Felix: Logan Lerman (but dirty blond.)
Tom: Tom Ellis (The name is a total coincidence, I swear).
Ariana: Kat Denning
Mary Margaret: Emma Watson
There are a couple of side characters that I haven’t listed, but this is the core group of my novel. And at the very least, looking up these actors will give you a sense of what my characters look like, even if the actor’s most famous works wasn’t why I picked them. (Although, I must admit, I picked Chris Evans for his work as Captain America and as Jake Jenson in The Losers. Smoosh those two characters together, and you pretty much have my Steve).
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Adam and his roommate Steve, the Anti-Christ (who he doesn’t have a crush on, thank you very much), go on an epic road trip to hijack the Apocalypse and save the world.
(A/N: Yes, this synopsis is a work in progress. When I come up with something better, I’ll add it here.)
Oh, and just so you know? If I had a second sentence to use, I’d add on this: “Also, there are unicorns.”
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Ultimately, I would like to get this published a la the traditional route–whether by finding a publisher that takes unsolicited manuscripts or finding an agent. I’m not picky.
I can always self-publish if that plan falls through. (I even have an idea for a cover!)
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Still… in progress. But I wrote the first part (approximately half of the book) in November. I am currently working on the last half, and editing the first part I wrote to book. The entire thing should be ready for beta testing in April/May-ish.
All in all, this book is going a hell of a lot faster than some others I have written. In fact, of all the other books–okay projects–I have started, this one is by far the most complete. I’m nearly done going through the first have of the story on the first editing go-round, and I’ve had to do very little (I’m talking miniscule) rewriting.All my other projects I’m having to completely re-write.
I’m very hopefully that this book will be submission worthy as early as December of this year. (And that’s after factoring in about 3 or 4 edits).
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My book is one-part humorous, one-part irreverent, and a smidgeon blasphemous. And hopefully it all ties together to say something about the nature of our culture today, that one can do great things without being serious all the time. That one can make a joke out of something without ruining its importance. The books above do this, and I hope mine does, too.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As far as inspiration for ideas go, I was inspired mostly by my writing partners, who would never fail to laugh at my stupid jokes. Including the one with the unicorn. That kept me churning out ideas and plot bunnies to torture my characters with.
Inspiration to write this book, this kind of book, I have to say came from reading Chuck Wendig’s writing blog, terribleminds. He has this very in-your-face style of blogging (which I adore and cackle at in equal amounts), and his writing advice sticks to me more than others tend to. I’ve read his blog for so long, and have always admired the voice that he writes, I finally decided that I would write a book with that kind of “it’s my story, I’ll do what I want,” no-holds bar kind of style. Complete with gratuitous violence and a heaping amount of vulgarity and cursing.
And I have to give a shout-out to Lilith Saintcrow. Her writing–both blog and book–has inspired me to write like no other has. She writes the kinds of novels I wish I could write. And her blog is wicked smart and amazingly helpful. Though we have never met, she really does make me think that I can do this, that I can be a writer. I just have to keep writing.
Last but not least, what inspires me (still does) to write this story in particular? When I’m feeling stuck, or when I feel like I’m losing the voice of my characters? Losing the humor of the situation or just not finding it at all?
I watch Kiss Kiss Bang Bang for that.
If you haven’t seen the film–watch it. If you have–I’ve probably just given you more insight into my brain than you wanted. No, I’m not sorry.
P.S.: Adam is totally not Harry Lockhart (although he kind of is).
P.P.S: Steve is, sadly, Perry. (But not).
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
One epic road trip, chock full of mayhem and carnage, carnivorous unicorns and uncomfortable moments with cats, alcohol, sex, evil angels, and much hitting with clue bats. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be a wild ride.
Below you will find authors who will be joining me virtually, via blog, next Wednesday. Please be sure to bookmark their sites, and add them to your calendars for updates on their upcoming books! Happy Writing and Reading!
My dear friend Michelle also posted these questions for her own work today, and I told her I’d give her a link here. Visit her blog at The Barenaked Critic.
Next week, February 20th, read about these up-and-coming authors at their sites: