Author pal Scott Bury, tagged me for The Next Big Thing blog hop and while I must admit I’m not normally a fan of this sort of thing, it sounded like fun (and he can be very persuasive). As Scott puts it:
"The idea behind the Next Big Thing is to answer a set list of questions about your work in progress, then tag five more authors to do the same thing."
I haven't figured out who I'm going to tag yet (hint hint -- if you'd like to do this for your upcoming novel, let me know), but here are some answers about my Next Big Thing:
What is the working title of your book?
Giantkiller: Leonard the Great, Book Two
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Giantkiller is the sequel to Dragonfriend, the first book in what I hope will be a three book series. After I’d finished Dragonfriend, I knew I wanted Leonard’s story to continue so I started thinking about what the next installment would be like. I’d been mulling over possible storylines for several months when it came to me from an unexpected source. In my garden I have a small “sculpture” of a stone cast in the shape of a man’s head. The idea popped into my mind that it “looked like a giant’s head.” Next, the name “Boulderhead” showed up along with a tidal wave of story ideas.
What genre does your book fall under?
Middle-grade fantasy adventure with an Arthurian twist.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm, not sure. If pushed, I’d say the young leads would probably be unknowns while the adult roles would probably be played by a lot of the same folks who showed up in the Harry Potter/LOTR/Hobbit films.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When his beloved is snatched by raiding Giants, Leonard sets off to rescue Maid Glennys before a gruesome fate befalls her.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wrote the first fifty thousand words of Giantkiller as my 2010 NaNoWriMo project. Life events such as the demands of my day job (I’m an animation writer) and no small amount of laziness conspired to keep me from completing the first draft until September of this year. It now weighs in at a hefty eighty-eight thousand words.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There’s a lot of action in this book and a story that (I hope) moves along nicely without being overly complicated – everyday people behaving heroically, some authentic peril, great monsters, and a bit of humor. That being said, I hope my readers would think Giantkiller compares favorably with Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and Nancy Farmer’s Sea of Trolls books.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always been a voracious reader and I think even from a very young age, I knew I was going to be a writer and, hopefully an author, too. Until you actually give it a try, the thought of writing a novel can be very intimidating. I’d think, “I should write a novel,” then get all flummoxed about where and how to start and quickly run away from the idea. Then in 2007 I heard about the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and everything clicked into place. I was still nervous, but found that a deadline (50k words in the month of November) was just the motivation I needed to finally get off my butt and get started. The result of that first effort was Dragonfriend. So, to answer the question, I guess it was the “what” of NaNoWriMo that inspired me.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It will be reasonably priced.
Scott Bury’s Bones of the Earth is a gritty and exciting fantasy read. To learn more about it, check out his blog, Written Words.