Hey, people TAGGED me in the latest crazy blogging escapade known as The Next Big Thing. Specifically, two authors for whom I’ve always enjoyed reading, Scott Roche and Nobilis Reed, separately tagged me for this. So, here goes!
For those who aren’t familiar with this adventure, here are the rules:
1. Mention the person who tagged you at the beginning of your post (I did, and I’ll do it again – Scott Roche and Nobilis Reed)
2. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress) and/or new release on your blog (see below).
3. Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them. They’re supposed to answer the questions next Wednesday. (see below what I asked you to see below in #2).
And now, the questions…
1. What is the working title of your book? Hollow.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book? It began with a conversation with a dear friend during a particularly hectic day at the dayjob. We took a break and a walk for coffee to our nearby 7-11, and the idea of a ‘demon pimp’ came up. One thing led to another, and before the end of the week the characters of Mr. Brookstone, Billy Cheshire, and Amos Suede had come to life.
3. What genre does your book fall under? I suppose the best term is urban fantasy, although I looked to more crime noir comics to get a sense of the setting I wanted.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I don’t know, although I always hear Katt Williams’ voice for Cheshire. Maybe this is the sort of story that requires a bunch of break-out characters. Brooks needs to be one of those big ‘take and give a beating’ guys with a conscience and vulnerability.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Brooks requires a new heart to keep him on the earthly plane, but the combined efforts of his enemies, his boss, and his newly-discovered conscience may keep him from the necessary replacement.
6. If you plan to publish, will your book be self-published or published traditionally? Self-published, most likely. I don’t know if I’d want to go down a traditional route… but that’s because I love podcasting and would want to put this out in voice as well as print. At the same time, I would love to work with one of the smaller presses if the work fit on their bookshelves of awesome.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your MS? Technically, I did the first draft of the prose in three months, as it was my NaNoWriMo project in 2011. Originally, I had written it as a five-issue comic script, so that formed the framework for the first draft. I am now working on the second draft, which is due by May 2013. In the second draft, I realized that I needed to change the secondary antagonist entirely (male to female, among other things) so it’s going a little more slowly.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I don’t know. Every time I pitch the idea to folks, they give me weird looks. Urban fantasy itself is so broad, and I talk about stitching beating hearts into corpses inhabited by Abyssal creatures. Maybe I’ll get some beta readers to help.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? Willie Freeman, who is a creative genius of many ventures. I originally wanted to write a dark urban fantasy graphic novel for his publishing venture, Incubator Press.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Aside from the fact that I want it to be a full graphic novel? The story involves derivatives of Nephilim and lesser demons from the Abyss. The original reason for writing it as a novel was to generate a deliverable so I could run a crowdfunding campaign to get money to pay an artist a fair wage to draw the graphic novel.