Week 13: THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP
Week 13: The Next Big Thing – September 12, 2012
What is the working title of your book?
The Summoner’s Tale, The Order of the Black Swan, Book Three
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Although the series is not a trilogy, the first three books have formed their own story arc so in many ways this book is like the third act in a three act play. There are two simultaneously running plots. One is the story of one of the major characters: a six-hundred-year-old former vampire, named Istvan Baka, who has amassed a fan base among Black Swan readers. The other will be a surprise.
What genre does your book fall under?
Adult Paranormal ROMANCE, Adult Paranormal Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Chick Lit, Vampire Romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
It sort of surprises me that I have an answer for this one, but, I would definitely tap Hayden Christensen to play Baka. Directors don’t always manage to get performances out of him, but I saw him in “Life As A House” when he was still a teen and know he has enough heart to give me Baka’s angst.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I could not despise this question more. Ex-vampire tortured by six hundred years of misdeeds seeks happily ever after. See why I hate that question? Synopsizing always makes my work sound juvenile and stupid or both. AND IT’S NOT! I SWEAR!
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
At this point I’m comfortable an indie, in the sense that I own the publishing company that publishes my books. I love the complete freedom that goes with deciding what I write, when, how, where, and what length the finished product will be. Editing would be a nightmare for me and I don’t want to have to go six rounds with somebody over a paragraph. I’m old enough to know better than to say never, but it seems less likely with every day that passes. Now, if we can just overcome the built-in industry prejudice toward Indies…
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Two months, but that is after the first two steps of my outline process are finished and those take a year if you count the simmering in the depths of my subconscious mind.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I couldn’t be more pleased to say that is an impossible question by design. Before I started writing, I spent a full two years reading every PNR that had enjoyed any success at all so that I had a thorough understanding of what had already been done. That way I could be assured I wasn’t copying or being formulaic. People are always trying to find similarites. “Well, it’s a little like Black Dagger, but, then, as soon as you get into it you realize it’s not.” One of my favorite reviews says, “She explodes stereotypes.”
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Kresley Cole. About three years ago I read A Hunger Like No Other and fell in love with PNR.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Book One, My Familiar Stranger, and Book Two, The Witch’s Dream. Like Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series, these must be read in order. I logged over 100 reviews on Amazon (74 five star and most of the four stars read like five) as an unknown author, first book, and an Indie at that within four months of release. That’s pretty much unheard of. Whether they liked it or didn’t, lots of readers were moved to talk about it.
Tagged for next week – you’re it!
Lindsey Parsons http://lindseyjparsons.wordpress.com/ William MacMillan Jones http://willmacmillanjones.wordpress.com/ Joss Landry http://josslandry.com/category/wednesday-book-reviews-other-news/ Trish Marie Dawson http://writertrishmdawson.wordpress.com/ Allison M. Cosgrove http://www.stanbrookshire.comstanbrookshire.com