The Next Big Thing is a rolling blog hop that’s been going around for a while. I was tagged by the lovely and talented Devin Harnois.
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
When I was working on what will now be book 2 – The Queen’s Own – I realized that much of the back story really needed to be told. So I started digging into it and noticed that a story I thought would be a stand alone novel is really a trilogy.
What genre does your book fall under?
High Fantasy – although there is a bit of science fiction in it. The main character starts on a technological world before getting yanked into the world of the book. She is familiar enough with biology to realize some of the dangers she is in, and some of the science behind how she can work around it.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I honestly have no idea. The few actors whose names I know don’t really fit. Maybe George Takai for the voice of the Dragon, although that would be a stretch since the dragon is most definitely female – but also over 3000 years old so voices could be deceiving.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An alien is called to be a hero, but makes up her own mind about what to do.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will probably self-publish as I don’t have any ties to a major publisher. That could change if the right opportunity comes my way.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
25 days. It was a NaNoWriMo book. Which means that I have a lot of fixing to do for the second draft.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s hard to say. In a way it’s a hero’s journey kind of story, but with enough divergences that I’m not sure how it would compare to any one thing that I’ve read. There are parts of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, Magic’s Promise by Mercedes Lackey, and Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward. And some parts that I have no idea where they came from.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Writing the first, er second book. I kept wanting to go back and edit it, but couldn’t because I didn’t know what was in the first book. Now I know and I can edit them both. Then get on with writing the third book.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Kayla comes from an iron poor world so her hemoglobin uses copper rather than iron. This makes her blood green, and also her skin. I came up with this while sitting in Biology class way back in high school and it took me this long to figure out how to work that into a novel. I wonder what other high school tid bits are just waiting for the right character to come along.