Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Next Big Thing aka Blog-A-Thon of Doom!

Okay, maybe the Doom part is an exaggeration on my part. Heh heh.

I've been tagged by buddy Kathryn Sullivan to participate on this new (for me!) blog chain concept. I've attached a link back to her Next Big Thing. Thanks Kathy!

Now for my bit:


What is the working title of your next book?
"No Good Deeds" is the current title, though it looks like it's been used a lot. So I may need to rethink it!

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Originally the WIP was a short story. My daughter liked it so much, she demanded I expand it into a book. (Heck, her reading, let alone liking my work is rare! Must encourage it! Heh heh.) The actual spark that started the original short story came from Bill Ledbetter. He'd made a complaint about how all SF shows and stories always assumed aliens look humanoid, which in itself is a statistical improvability. So I thought why not play with that, use humanoid aliens, yet have the protagonist make the same claim, thus creating a mystery within the story itself on that point. Heh heh heh.

What genre does your book fall under?
Unlike all my other current, published novels, this one is Science Fiction.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Oooo! Warren Kole would be fun as Captain Bennett, one of the antagonists. Stana Katic would be fun as Claudia, but she might actually be too pretty. Lol. Jewel Staite would be fun as well. (Yes, she's pretty too! What?) Stevens would be Lucy Lawless but with a crew cut. Heh heh

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Ack, how to do that without using a cliché… Only when you hit true bottom, might you actually see the light. Yeah, needs work, I know.

Oh, how about: Stumbling over a new and unprecedented humanoid alien race, those who discovered them would rather exploit them than allow them to join the Dominion.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Neither. Though if I can find an agent, I would send it that route. However, what's worked best for me so far has been getting contracts from small publishing houses. It's highly likely that's the path I will follow.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I'm still working on it. Life has not been kind with regards to my writing time. Lol. Normally a first draft takes me about a year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hard to say. This type of thing is not my forte. L Perhaps it might resemble some of the Star Trek novels, but in a grittier universe? It's not hard SF, but it isn't Space Opera either. Just straight SF. 

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Like I mentioned above, Bill Ledbetter is responsible for the core aspect, my daughter for her excitement on the premise.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It's about taking risks despite previously being hurt for such a thing. Learning to embrace your humanity rather than crush it. Trying to figure out what the aliens are really up to, too! Heh.

To continue the blog chain I'm nominating: Gene Lempp, ChuckWendig, Bill Ledbetter, Rie Sheridan Rose, and Jami Gold. (Won't they be surprised? Bwahahahahaha!)
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