The Next Big Thing Blog Hop- Part 2

Welcome to the blog hop!

To recap: blog hopping does not require bouncing on one foot.  I’m much relieved, as I have an adversarial relationship with gravity.  I explained the concept in my post the other day. Basically, it’s a way to help readers discover new authors without having to play our favorite guessing game, “which brick and mortar bookstore hasn’t closed yet”.

In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, are tasked with answering ten questions. We share a bit about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. 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?

 Daughter of Destiny. It’s the first in a speculative fiction series I’ve titled Crossroads of Fate

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

Seven years ago I had a late-night, phone-battery-killing, meandering conversation with my sister on literature in which I babbled about all my favorite stories. I wondered aloud why a story couldn’t have all the things I liked: science-fiction, fantasy, action, adventure, and romance. My sister laughed and said maybe I could write one. I proceeded to do just that.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Well, the thing with cramming all those things into one book is it makes it hard to categorize. I did it on purpose, and a number of editors liked, some even loved the story. The elements all blend, so well in fact that deciding exactly which genre to put it in becomes tricky. I’ve settled on calling it speculative fiction.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I admit this question kind of threw me. I haven’t really thought that far ahead, and I’m not a die-hard Hollywood fan. I only began recalling a handful of actors’ names in recent years, mostly due to accidental repeated exposure to radio or television media. I think I’d want to cast unknowns. Sure, big names draw crowds and money, but if you want a character to really come to life without the shadow of past roles or real life persona of a big name, unknowns are better.

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

Katarina O’Brian, a brilliant scientist with untapped psychokinetic talents meets Zane Gratig, a telepath and undercover soldier from across the galaxy and together they set in motion events which will defend Earth from the perils it faces.

6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

This will be a self-publishing adventure. I’ve had more than one editor say they’d be happy to take it if only I shifted the story solidly into a specific genre. I tried. The novel and I had a long, involved argument. The novel won.

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

Four months. That’s a record for me, by the way. I have another finished novel that took upwards of two years to write, the rough draft for the sequel took me about a year. Of course, I then spent 7 years rewriting that very first draft.

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

I will openly admit that Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning awed me in their use of mythology, but their work is entirely different, both from each other and from mine. Considering I wrote Daughter of Destiny with the intention of blending genres, I challenge readers to decide what stories mine most closely resembles.

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

I owe inspiration to every book I’ve ever read, reached the end, and loathed with all my being acknowledging that I had to rejoin the real world. I carried that spark of inspiration and we can all blame my sister for that joking challenge which fanned the ember into a flame.

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

  • They say write what you know, so bits of my home town, Memphis, show up in the book.
  • The main character shares my love of chocolate, coffee, and science.
  • It’s a futuristic earth after a viral pandemic and there’s magic, telepathy, an alien invasion, faeries, but sorry no werewolves. That’s my other series.

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog in this hoppity adventure. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates and exciting developments.

Happy Writing and Reading!

Robert Krog

I heard via smoke signal that evil crud had invaded his abode and that a vicious battle wages on. I’m sure he’ll win, and when he does, he’ll hop you along to some other authors, but for now take a peek at his GoodReads page.

Adam Lowe

I send you forth over across the pond, where they say things like flat and torch and lift but not the same way we do. Poet and writer, he’s also editor-in-chief at Doghorn Publishing.

Alethea Kontis

Not everyone can claim they know a princess. I do. Okay, it’s primarily through Facebook, but it counts. Turns out, she already has blog hopped, but she said I could point y’all her way. I hear Hero, her next book, should be released very soon.

Also, thanks again, A. Christopher Drown, for inviting me to the hop.


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