This one’s Day Al-Mohamed‘s fault. She tagged me with WIP Meme, so here goes:
1. What is the working title of your next book?
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Believe it or not, a fan fiction story. I dabbled briefly in fan fiction, but never did much with it because it was too hard staying to cannon. The story itself evolved into something different, but the main character’s name is the same.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary fantasy/action-adventure thriller
4. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That would be hard. My story is set in an alternate world of Hawaii, so all the characters are Hawaiian. I think I can count the number of Asian actors on one hand, and I have more characters than that.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Good prevails because a determined outcast sees how fear of future change can corrupt and stands up to it.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ve gone back and forth on this (see #8). I had weighed in and thought I could do the self-publishing route. But I’ve watched the writers from Holly Lisle’s class who jumped on this, and my fellow WANA-mates, and it’s evident it’s been hard to get sales. Even the ones who are having success are doing it through non-fiction or because they’ve already had a long publishing history. So I’m leaning more toward agented or small press.
7. How long did/will it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first draft was done in 30 days. Of course, we don’t discuss the revision …
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
This is one of the reasons I’ve gone back and forth. I read in Publishers Weekly that your story has to be fresh and different and yet, the same. I’ve always viewed my stories as fresh and different, but not the same.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I had previously written a thriller with a coauthor. It was in submission to agents when the relationship blew apart very messily. I had to walk away to protect myself and my creativity. But when I walked away, I also knew I had to get onto another novel. I trolled around a bit, trying out this idea and that idea. Then it hit me that I had this old fan fiction idea I could use, and this story was born.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you want women characters, I have lots of women characters, and none of them wear chain mail bikinis, act like a vapor head, act snarky, or do any garage door opening (a euphemism from the critique group involving the word “entered”). They are simply characters who happen to be women, and one of them is a soldier.