The Next Big Thing


O’ Readers!  You fine-looking, smart, well-read, musically gifted, eloquent and personable lot of folks who deign to frequent my blog thing.  I give you, The Next Big Thing.

Nicky Drayden tagged me in her Next Big Thing blog post and told me to talk about my WIP, then tag other authors and ask them to talk about their WIPs. It is kind of like that letter you keep getting from your Mom about how if you send it to ten friends you will win a free trip to Disney Land.  Only, there is no Disney Land.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

1. What is the title of your Work in Progress?

The working title is Project Mirror.  I am unsure what the final title will be, but I have been kicking around , The Crown of Kharre. I need to get the damn thing finished more than anything before I think I will be able to name it.

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

I based this novel on a short story I wrote for Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, The Crown of Sorrows.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Based on the previous answer, you might guess Heroic Fantasy.  I think that would be fair, but one of the readers of the work in progress called it, Fantasy Noir.  I like that, because it suits how I see the story happening in my head.

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

Considering many characters will spend a bit of time as beast people, I would guess voice would matter as much as anything.

Ordwin – Dileep Rao  He would have to trim down/bulk up for the role, but I think he would be a nice fit for Ordwin prior to his change, and for his voice, which would give a great flow and accent.

Lothil – Chloe Grace Moretz is old enough for the role by the time I somehow magically it make through development hell and onto a set.

King Theisius – Peter O’Toole, without question

Kadir – Guy Pearce, perhaps?

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

Ordwin cannot out run the gods revenge, especially when his past, and the history of his people are the reason the Gods abandoned the world of Kharre and cursed the Silrafiki to a nomadic existence of war and suffering.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

While I am quite supportive of self-publishing, it is not for me.  I have an active day job, parenting, hobbies, and writing to do.  I will seek to have it published by traditional means.  I don’t have an agent, but I am looking.

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

The first draft is still drafting.  I am 30k words in, which took a month.  I have putterd with changes over the summer and have recently got back into the saddle on this project.  My goal is to have it complete at a target 100k words by the end of the year.  *gulp*  Best get writing.

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

I like tight, punchy fantasy with a lot of action and plenty of dark human emotions. I would hope that desire comes across in the prose. There are a number of writers who use that style. There is the classic heroic fantasy comparisons to Conan, which all but created the genre.  I think those who have read Gary Gygax’s Gord the Rogue series will see similarities. To some degree there are elements of Michael Moorcock’s work that influence my writing as well.

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

I asked myself, “Can I write a heroic fantasy short story with my own voice and tell a story that is interesting to me and still remain true to the genre?”  The novel is a continuation of that effort.  Are there fresh stories to be told on this much venerated and blood soaked stage?  You bet.

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

If you pay attention you will see that I am trying to break down some of the stereotypes of Heroic Fantasy.  I am doing it gently to show that there is room for change without losing those characteristic elements that created the genre in the first place.

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

Nicky Drayden a fellow Viable Paradise and Paradise Lost graduate tagged me. She has a novel that is hopefully going to market soon, *Gives Nicky that look*, and is an all around awesome person. She also writes stories that blow my mind and make me wish I had greater emotional range and creativity.

In keeping with the theme of this interview, I am tagging a handful of  writers from my cohort who I think are amazingly talented in their own many and varied ways, and who I am tasking to post their own Next Big Thing interview and tag their favorite fellow writers sometime during the next week.

Jake Kerr (Blog DAMN YOU!)

Spencer Ellsworth 

Ace Jordyn



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