The lovely and talented Lucas Mangum tagged me in his Next Big Thing blog post, which means, I need to (terrifyingly) talk about my current work in progress. (Why did I think this was a good idea, exactly?)
The general concept, whether I think it’s a good idea or not, is that I talk about my WIP, and tag other authors, and ask them to talk about their WIPs. Simple enough, right? Here goes…
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing
1. What is the title of your book?
The Thief of Precious Things (working title)
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s based on a short story, which appeared in Ekaterina Sedia’s anthology Bewere the Night. I wrote the story, and submitted it to a workshop I was involved with at the time. The general feedback seemed to indicate the story could grow into something larger. (Side note: the workshop was run by Greg Frost. It’s his damned fault, and that’s why I’m tagging him to post about his WIP. This is my thanks/revenge.)
3. What genre does your book fall under?
I’d say probably Urban Fantasy. By which I mean it’s a work of fantasy in a mostly urban setting and not the definition Urban Fantasy has taken on in some cases, which falls (to my way of thinking) under the umbrella of Paranormal Romance. The focus of my story isn’t romance, and there isn’t much sex. (Sorry.)
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm. This is a tough one. Even though it isn’t really intended for young audiences, I picture the (unlikely) movie rendition being animated. That said, it would be an odd, artsy animation, possibly silent and/or black and white, thus pretty much guaranteeing only I would want to sit through it. So. Yeah.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
Can I get back to you on that one? It has shape shifting fox women, and men whose shadows are crows, and humans who are mostly caught in-between and…uh, I haven’t figured out how to make that into a tagline yet, but I promise you’ll be the first to know!
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The ‘book’ is still in its itty, bitty infancy. I’m doing the first revision pass now, and it’s light years away from publication. If I do get it to a workable stage, I’ll be seeking an agent, and traditional publication.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
First draft? Um…six to eight months? I wasn’t really paying attention. And I’ve been hiding from it on and off ever since. Writing isn’t so much a problem. Editing and revising – that’s a whole different story.
8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
Probably the work of Charles de Lint. There are elements of the book that are highly influenced by Someplace to Be Flying and Forest of the Heart in particular. I’m trying, as much as possible, not to be derivative, and to set my work apart.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I said above, it’s largely Greg Frost’s fault. I joined his workshop. I needed to write a story for critique. A first sentence jumped into my brain. I wrote something, and… Damn him for being encouraging! And damn other people for also being encouraging! Don’t you all realize I have no idea how to write a novel? And damn the characters for not shutting up, and insisting I say things about them. The nerve!
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, let’s see… Women who are foxes? Men whose shadows are crows? Cooking magic? A war-scarred woman who has sex with a ghost? I dunno. I’m still figuring it out myself. But whatever flailing I engage in, I hope to drag at least some of you along for the journey…
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.
As I said, Lucas Mangum tagged me, and I’m tagging the following people in turn because they are awesome, encouraging, and to blame in varying capacities. Also, because they agreed.
Go visit their blogs, read their work, and generally follow everything they do. If all goes according to plan, they should be posting about their own Next Big Thing in the next week (or so).